Meadowmom

Meadowmom

Posted on 03/30/2016


Photo taken on March 16, 2016


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Roy’s


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Roy’s and the Rich Guy

Roy’s and the Rich Guy
Roy’s is an historic establishment on famous old Route 66 in eastern California, sitting all alone out in the vast wild desert.

When they were built back in the 1930s, the small cottages in front were called Motor Cabins and the whole place a Motor Court. That was before the word “Motel” spread east from the California coast.

The restaurant, on the left, is a pure example of 1950s Googie (not Google) architecture.

A rich guy named Albert Okura daydreams about restoring historic old places ( I do too, but I'm not rich.) He bought Roy’s and has put a lot of effort into bringing it back.

It goes slowly. He’s struggling with the classic desert problem: water shortage. It has kept him from reopening the restaurant. May the new National Monument bring Roy’s both solutions and prosperity.

Meanwhile, a group of history buffs ran a Kickstarter campaign to relight the huge Roy’s sign, which is illustrative of the history of neon signs. Out there in the dark empty desert, the sign was and will be visible for miles.

And that’s what tears me in two.

On the one hand, I believe we need to preserve more of our early 20th century history. I want the new National Monument to tell the story of America’s love of auto travel and the great westward migrations on Route 66.

On the other hand, if I ever get the chance to camp again in the Sheephole Mountains, which are also part of the new Monument, I do NOT wish to look down and see far-away “Roy’s" blinking at me in the pure wild darkness.

(More photos of the new Mojave Trails National Monument in my album.)

tiabunna, William Sutherland, Larry He's So Fine, Pam J have particularly liked this photo


7 comments - The latest ones
Pam J
Pam J
I have to say.. I am totally with you on the lighted sign. It might be possible to reach a compromise though. Maybe have the sign alight from sundown to say 9.30pm or 10pm... it would be a fair.. and a money saving compromise. Who can we suggest that to ?
2 years ago. Edited 2 years ago.
Régine Daenens
Régine Daenens
La mythique route 66. Beau cliché et bel arrière plan.

Désolée, mais je ne parle anglais.
2 years ago.
William Sutherland
William Sutherland
Outstanding iconic shot!
2 years ago.
Judith Jannetta
Judith Jannetta
I like the idea that shortage of water hasn't been overcome: 1 - 0 to the desert
2 years ago.
tiabunna
tiabunna
The sign reminds me of one (now, I gather, being restored) that was outside a local drive-in theatre. All that's lacking here are a few 1950s cars.
2 years ago.
Don Barrett (aka DBs travels)
Don Barrett (aka DBs…
I agree, difficult dilemma...
2 years ago.