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Route 66 - Amboy, California


Roys Cafe in Amboy California.  BLM Photo


Amboy, California, is a nearly empty ghost town in California's Mojave Desert, roughly 60 miles northeast of Twentynine Palms. It was once a major stop along famous Route 66 but has seen much lower visitation since the opening of Interstate 40 to the north in 1973. Amboy is home to the famous Roy's Motel and Cafe, a Route 66 Landmark that is currently under renovation.

The town was named in 1883 by Lewis Kingman, a locating engineer for the Atlantic and Pacific Railroad. It is the first in a string of alphabetical railroad stations in the Mojave Desert.