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Roy's Motel and Cafe, Amboy

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Roy's Motel and Café is a motel, café, gas station and auto repair shop, defunct for many years but now being largely restored, on the National Trails Highway of U.S. Route 66 in the Mojave Desert town of Amboy in San Bernardino County, California. The historic site is an example of roadside Mid-Century Modern Googie architecture.The entire town of Amboy – including the mostly defunct Roy's complex – is owned by and under the stewardship of a private preservationist.HistoryAs a Route 66 stopIn 1938, founder Roy Crowl opened Roy's as a gas and service station along U.S. Highway 66, in Amboy. At the time, Route 66 – the "Main Street of America" – was the primary east-west highway artery crossing the nation from Chicago through the Southwest to Los Angeles. The construction of Roy's was one consequence of a Route 66 realignment through Mountain Springs Summit, bypassing Goffs to directly connect Needles and Essex, and continuing west to Amboy.
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  • Abandoned Motels along Route 66 is located. Old-fashioned gasoline pump with bar 40 years. Within the Manager sells souvenirs and allows you to photograph the counter in its splendor. Again very sorry ... but worth it
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  • A detour not worth it, because the way is then quite dismal. When you get there past but on the way to the Joshua Tree NP, photo worth a stop quite.
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  • This was an interesting stop on Route 66. There isn't much to the place anymore, but I imagine in it's heyday that it was a sight for sore eyes for travelers on Route 66. If you are a history bluff or...  more »
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  • Roys is a mandatory stop on our way to the river! The bathrooms are open 24/7. There is a small store that sells mostly gas, drinks & souvenirs! Not sure how they afford to stay open, but thank God they do! I make it a point to always donate $1 to the "toilet paper fund", and buy waters when they are open! I encourage others to do the same...helps to diffuse the cost of keeping bathrooms open! Stop by & say hi to Kevin!
  • Although Roy's is not what I hoped it would be it is still an American icon! Traveling Route 66 has been a dream of mine since I was young. And Roy's was a bucket list type locale. It gets 5 stars just on the fact of the history it speaks to.
  • Perfect picture place at the Route 66! Big 66 painting on the road directly at Roy's! We loved it!
  • The atmosphere is awesome! Desert, sand and a historical building. Cold coke was 1 $, it is good as heaven in 40 Celsius. :D But everything else is overpriced :)
  • While the store had very limited inventory, they had excellent cinnamon crisps and coffee. Manuel the caretaker in the evening is a wonderful human being. The cafe is not currently open while they finish remodeling mandated by the state. The cottages are wonderful, but again held back by state mandates from being functional. I was given a complimentary stay in one of the cottages which I didn't expect. Like I said, a wonderful human being.

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