Amboy, California: Roy's Cafe Motel: Famous Sign

Route 66 stop of days gone by, currently under restoration, kind of. Its sign is the tallest thing for miles, and claims to be the most photographed on Route 66. Surrounding ghost town has an arty, post-apocalyptic vibe.
87520 National Trail Highway, Amboy, CA
Route 66, 30 miles east of Ludlow.
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Art exhibit, 2015.

Roy's Cafe Motel - Famous Sign

In the hotel bungalows they have rotating artist exhibitions. Currently the exhibition by Swiss artists and scientists MatzaAmboy reflects on our natural resource water and the absence of it as the area faces a severe drought. Running Sept. 2015-Feb. 2016.

Roy's Motel hopes to open a restaurant in the future if they can get access to water. Currently there is only salt water in the area.

[Jill S., 11/06/2015]

Rearing white horse.

Roy's Cafe Motel - Famous Sign

There is a life size statue of a white horse rearing up in the small courtyard -- it has been there for years.

[Jayne Harnett-hargrove, 08/23/2015]

Police car at Roy's.

Roy's Motel & Cafe

In front of Roy's Motel and next to the sign is parked a Broderick Crawford Special II Dodge Replica Highway Patrol Car. The car is the property of the owner of the Juan Pollo Chicken Restaurant chain, which owns Amboy, CA.

[David Kamada, 03/30/2010]

Roy's Motel Cafe.

Roy's Motel & Cafe

Roy's is located only about 100 yards from the shoe tree along Route 66 in Amboy, CA. First opened in the 1930's, Roy's was once a busy stop during the golden age of Route 66 in the 50's and 60'a, but has since seen better days. Good news is they now have gas available and a small gift shop inside that sells drinks and snacks and other neat memorabilia. I was happy that they had coke in glass bottles for sale! The motel (located next to the gas station) has a nice fresh coat of paint; I've heard that the new owner has plans to reopen it soon.

[Greg Kopp, 01/03/2009]

Nearby Offbeat Places

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Beauty Bubble Hair and Beauty Museum and Salon, Joshua Tree, CA - 44 mi.

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