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Roy's Motel & Cafe, Amboy

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.
As 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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  • We made a point of driving out here while staying in the Palm Springs area this month. We wanted to see Roy's on Route 66. The owner has made a good effort at getting the place into meaningful...  more »
  • June, Heat, a few Harley's on a long haul - was a nice spot for a short stay, a cake, few selfies, a chat to truckers, water and off you go need to recommend, there is nothing else near...  more »
  • OK, so, first you must accept that this place is in the middle of nowhere. Seriously, the desolation is profound and beautiful. That said, it is more like a convenience store than a cafe. But it is on old Route 66, the staff is really great (the 20-something clerk is a straight-up comedian), and it is definitely worth the experience.
  • Been there today, asking for the way to Las Vegas. Took a coffee and some ice cream. And the very best, had a nice talk with the Lady there and got a lot of background info about this place. Absolute friendly!!! When you’re around, don‘t miss to visit Roy‘s! Best regards, the German guy.

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