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Roy's Motel Cafe - Route 66 - Amboy, CA


In 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. Two years later he expanded the business to include a café, an auto repair garage, and an auto court of small cabins for overnight rental by Route 66 travelers. Later in 1959, Crowl erected the towering neon boomerang sign visible for miles approaching Amboy; and built the motel's new Mid-Century modern "inclined roof flying over a glassed wedge" guest reception and office.

The 1972 opening of Interstate 40 in California, unconnected as well as a fair distance north of Amboy's section of Route 66, quite literally meant the overnight loss of business. Burris himself was quoted as saying that his business "went down to zero" the day I-40 opened. Roy Crowl died in 1977.

Roy's Motel Cafe - Route 66 Amboy, CA - 11x17" Color Print -Signed and Numbered

  • Photo is digitally printed on heavy 14 pt stock, semi-gloss, high quality paper using 5-Color Pigment/Dye Reactive ink producing vivid colors and sharp, crisp details.    

    Prints will last up 100+ years when maintained in proper conditions.  We suggest using "UV-Filter Glass" in your frame which will protect your photograph from 99% of harmful UV rays, as well as provide crisp image resolution for many years.

    Your print will be mailed (free of charge) First Class (5-7 days)in an industrial strength cardboard tube with plastic caps. 

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