U.S. DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIORBUREAU OF LAND MANAGEMENT
News.bytes Extra, issue 286
Route 66 partnership aims to restore historic Route 66 landmark
The California Route 66 Preservation Foundation, in association with the Bureau of Land Management's California Desert District, has announced a partnership with Albert Okura, owner of Roy’s Motel, Café and gas station in Amboy, California to save and restore one of America’s most endangered historic places.
The partnership was unveiled on Thursday, June 14, at Amboy to coincide with a simultaneous announcement by the National Trust for Historic Preservation that names Historic Route 66 motels as one of America’s "11 Most Endangered" historic resources. Representatives of the BLM, California Route 66 Preservation Foundation, and County of San Bernardino toured the Amboy facilities with Mr. Okura after the announcement. (text continues below)
The very recognizable sign for Roy's, along historic Route 66 in Amboy:
"Roy’s Motel, café and gas station are perhaps most beloved and considered particularly important relative to other Route 66 properties because of the remote desert location." says Glen Duncan, Route 66 Preservation Foundation president and author of Route 66 in California. "Traveling east or west, it was and still is a long way to go for gasoline, a bed or something to eat. Roy’s was a godsend for travelers."
The World Monuments Fund (WMF) recently announced its 2008 World Monuments Watch List of 100 Most Endangered Sites which included the entire 2,448 mile long Route 66.
A glimpse inside Roy's Diner:
Al Okuna poses in front of the Roy's sign
- S. Razo, 6/16/07
More Route 66 links:
ROUTE 66: THE (CARTOON) ADVENTURE: Take a cartoon drive along America's Mother Road, with our two road adventurers, in this edition of BLM California "Funny.bytes."
Route 66 Preservation Foundation - BLM's partner in this endeavor. "Our mission is to develop resources for the preservation and benefit of the Route 66 corridor and its community."
"Route 66 revisited" (Reuters, 5/25/07) - "Reuters correspondents Nick Carey and James Kelleher travel through America in a vintage Porsche, tracing the path of old Route 66." Includes entries and photos for sights along the way.
"California's historic Route 66; An action plan for 'America's Main Street" (PDF file, 345 kilobytes, 32 pages - BLM California, Needles Field Office)
National Historic Route 66 Federation - "A nonprofit organization dedictated to preserving Route 66 across the country." Includes links to Route 66 history, photos, vintage postcards and more.
BLM California News.bytes, Issue 286