Route 66 in Victorville California
Route 66, the Mother Road, ran southwest in Arizona from Kingman through Cool Springs to Oatman, and onward to Golden Shores and Topock where it turned west to Needles, California.
From the Arizona state line to San Bernardino U.S. Highway 66 followed the old National Old Trails Highway.
Leaving Needles, the road ventured a bit north, through Goffs. This railroad town remained a stop on Route 66 until 1931, when a more direct alignment between Needles and Essex was opened.
The road then headed south, through Chambless and Amboy, and then west to Ludlow, Newberry Springs and on to Barstow. There it turned south and traveled through Helendale and Oro Grande to Victorville.
|Map showing the location of Victorville on Historic Route 66 in California
Located in Southern California at the high-point between Los Angeles and Las Vegas, Victorville is the leading city for both industry and retail in the High Desert region. Victorville is a growing, vibrant community that is home to approximately 135,000 residents and some of the area's largest employers.
It is served by Interstate Highway I-15, U.S. Highway 395, and California Highway 18. To the north are the communities of Oro Grande and Helendale, and Cajun Pass lies to the south.
The Climate in Victorville
At 2,875 feet above sea level, Victorville's dry, high-desert climate offers a taste of all seasons. The city enjoys cool springs and falls, hot and sunny summers and generally milder winters that can sometimes bring light snow. The average rainfall is approximately 3.9 inches per year, which means low humidity throughout the year. Temperatures can range from below freezing in winter to 110 in the summer.
Some Past History in Victorville
In 1926, U.S. Route 66 was established, which was one of the main arteries of the National Highway System linking Chicago, Illinois, with California. A portion of this famous highway provided a transportation corridor through Victorville, which was unsurpassed until Interstate 15 was constructed. Seventh Street and "D" Street were a part of this national highway.
During World War II, initial construction of the Victorville Army Airfield began, situated northwest of downtown Victorville. It was opened by the U.S. Army Air Corps as an Advanced Flying School in June 1941, and closed at the end of World War II.
The base was again activated by the U.S. Air Force at the beginning of the Korean War in November 1950. It remained a base throughout the Cold War, primarily for training Tactical Air Command pilots. It was later renamed George Air Force Base, and closed in 1992; the base has been successfully repurposed as the Southern California Logistics Airport (SCLA).
Just north of Victorville near Route 66 was the ranch owned and operated by famous cowboy, singer, and movie star Roy Rogers and his wife Dale Evans. The Roy Rogers Double R Bar Ranch, built in 1920, was located along the banks of the Mojave River in the small Route 66 community of Oro Grande, just outside of Victorville, and a few miles from their home in Apple Valley. Roy owned the ranch until the day he died in 1998; Dale followed him a few years later. Today, the ranch continues ... read more at the website of the Double R Ranch Happy trails to you, until we meet again!
Old Town Route 66 in Victorville, California
California Route 66 Museum
The California Route 66 Museum is devoted to the representation of U.S. Highway 66 in both historic and contemporary exhibitions. It is an interactive museum with over 4500 Sq. Ft. of floor space. The museum offers many photo opportunities for visitors to share memories in such settings as a 1950s diner and the VW Love Bus complete with hippie wigs and sunglasses for that perfect photo op.
The building was built in 1930 as the "Red Rooster" and later served as the "Les Pyrenees Restaurant". The museum is dedicated to "those who lived, passed through, or passed on here".
Located at 16825 South D Street in Victorville, California - Phone 760.951.0436
|Mural at the California Route 66 Museum
Emma Jean's Holland Burger Cafe
Emma Jean's Holland Burger Cafe is a Route 66 icon that has been serving up meals to locals and hungry travelers on the Mother Road in Victorville since 1947. The building was built by Bob and Kate Holland from cinder blocks manufactured at the old Fiber Tile Plant. Emma Jean worked at the cafe as a waitress, and her husband bought the cafe and named it after her.
The cafe remains a family-owned institution, and because of its nostalgic Mid-Century ambiance, it has been featured in a number of movies and TV shows.
Emma Jean's is located at 17143 N D Street, Victorville, CA 92394 - Phone 760.243.9938
Helendale, California: North of Victorville
Just north of Victorville is Elmer Long's Bottle Tree Ranch, in Helendale, California.
Read more at the Bottle Tree Ranch website
Cajon Pass: South of Victorville
Earlier days of Route 66 through Cajon Pass ... the highest point on California Route 66
Cajon Pass, south of Victorville, is located between the San Bernardino Mountains and the San Gabriel Mountains. Rising to 3,777 feet, it is known for high wind, turbulence and fog. Today, Interstate I-15 parallels parts of the original Route 66.
Read about the famous rest stop on the National Old Trails Road ... Camp Cajon on Facebook
Interactive Map of Victorville, California
Lodging, Dining and Attractions in Victorville ... from TripAdvisor
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