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Roy's Motel and Cafe, Amboy

(2.6/5 based on 95+ reviews on the web)
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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  • This place NEEDS to be preserved so spend some money there on root beer or something, but the gas is waaaay expensive. It's definitely a work in progress, but it's historic and important and the work ...  more »
  • The place is just so unclean. If you need a toilet break you will be brave to visit Roy's. Historic location that needs to be history  more »
  • In late August of 2014 I went on a road trip from Seattle, Washington with my then girlfriend on our motorcycles. We went through Oregon, Idaho, Utah, Arizona, California, and back up the coast. Along...  more »