On Route 66, a Gas Station Is History Worth Saving

In Rancho Cucamonga, We’re Turning a Long Abandoned Roadside Landmark Into a Museum

In 1964, my parents packed up our old Ford and took my brother and me on a cross-country trip from San Diego to Washington, D.C. and back. Part of our trip was along the famed Route 66. Even though I was only 4 years old, I still have vivid memories of that trip and watching the ever-changing countryside.

Route 66, dubbed the “Mother Road” by John Steinbeck, was officially decommissioned in 1985. But it has held a special nostalgic place for many of those who traveled it–and even for those …