Roy's Motel

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The first portion of Route 66 that we're driving happened in Amboy, California. We drove from Palm Springs to Las Vegas, via some desert cities and a stop in at Roy's Motel in Amboy. 

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Roy's Motel is a (now defunct) motel and gas station in the desert near Amboy's Crater. It has a rich history, and will hopefully be restored someday as it has been bought by a developer who is committed to maintaining it's charm (the same fellow also owns the first McDonald's, which is now a museum). 

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My favourite part of the little strip was the United States Postal Office across the road. Still in service, for a town who's population at last count was 7. The big Futura letters on the front were beautiful!  

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We pottered about and explored the site, which also has a very run down old school next door and delapidated motel rooms nearby. There is the motel check in point that has been somewhat preserved, with the front desk and lobby still set up like the original. It's a strange mix of preservation and delapidation, in a funny little spot in the middle of nowhere. That's Roy's!

 

 

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