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Bright shiny objects in the Route 66 desert – Elmer Long’s Bottle Ranch

Bright shiny objects in the Route 66 desert – Elmer Long’s Bottle Ranch

Even though Elmer’s teeming forest of bottle trees stands alongside one of those desolate stretches of old Route 66 between Barstow and San Bernadino, he says it doesn’t have much to do with the famous roadway.

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A mighty fancy men’s room at the Madonna Inn

A mighty fancy men’s room at the Madonna Inn

It’s a sprawling pink and white motel complex on the edge of town, with pictures and paintings of the Madonna family that owns it (and big stars who knew them) liberally sprinkled around the lobby.

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Hollywood Forever Cemetery – Pay your respects to Johnny Ramone & Jayne Mansfield on Route 66

Hollywood Forever Cemetery – Pay your respects to Johnny Ramone & Jayne Mansfield on Route 66

Paramount Studios was built on the back half of the original Hollywood Cemetery, where the studio is still in operation today. The cemetery of choice for most of the founders of Hollywood’s great studios,

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The remarkable subterranean gardens of Baldasare Forestiere

The remarkable subterranean gardens of Baldasare Forestiere

The genius of this place is in its adaptation to the terrain. The story began back in 1905, when Forestiere Baldasare, a Sicilian immigrant, had come westward in the early 1900s with dreams of farming success.

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Desert View Tower and Boulder Park Caves

Desert View Tower and Boulder Park Caves

In 1920, when Bert Vaughn started work on his Desert View Tower, people motoring across the mountains that jut up out here near the Mexican border inevitably needed a place to stop and cool down.

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Hula Ville – Route 66 folk art attraction became a legend

Hula Ville – Route 66 folk art attraction became a legend

Despite being a California State Landmark, this folk art environment was dismantled. Luckily, some of the pieces were saved and can be seen in the California Route 66 Museum: “Hula Ville – Twentieth Century Folk Art”.

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Musee Mecanique’s “Laughing Sal” is one of the stranger sailors on Pier 45

Musee Mecanique’s “Laughing Sal” is one of the stranger sailors on Pier 45

Located on Pier 45 at the Fisherman’s Wharf, there are over 300 vintage and novel coin operated machines, collected by the late Edward Galland Zelinsky, who started his collection at the ripe old age of 11.

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The Old Trapper’s Lodge at Pierce College

The Old Trapper’s Lodge at Pierce College

The Old Trapper’s Lodge – John Ehn 6201 Winnetka Avenue Woodland Hills, CA 818-347-0551 Sculpture environment John Ehn opened a motel in California in 1941, moving there from Michigan, where he had worked as a trapper. He hired a sculptor to make a huge statue…

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Route 66 city limits plays out on video

Route 66 city limits plays out on video

Although the music doesn’t really work with the imagery, and they “went backwards” from LA to Chicago, this is a fun representation of all (or at least most) of the city limit signs you will encounter all along route 66.     (Thanks to Ron…

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Queen Califia’s Magical Circle is a mosaic paradise

Queen Califia’s Magical Circle is a mosaic paradise

Niki de Saint Phalle 1930–2002 Iris Sankey Arboretum in Kit Carson Park N Mary Escondido, CA 760-839-4331 Website Mosaic environment She was well known in the field of contemporary art. Influenced by figures such as Jean Dubuffet and Antoni Gaudi, she made her reputation in…

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