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Ludlow cafe, Route 66, California, United States

by Bradley Fulton, a view of Ludlow cafe

The historic Ludlow Cafe is located in the Route 66 town of Ludlow. Once a prime eating place in town, the skeleton of this old building has been creaking apart slowly over the years.

Ludlow is a small town in the Mojave Desert on Interstate 40, located in San Bernardino County, California, United States. The older remains of the ghost town are along historic Route 66.

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By the 1940s, local mining and railway activity had ceased and the town survived supplying the needs of travellers on the National Old Trails Road, renamed to become the legendary Route 66 in California. Ludlow providing a Motor Court with bungalow cabins, the streamline moderne Ludlow Cafe, a gasoline-service garage, and shade. They operated through the late 1960s. After Interstate 40 was built bypassing town there was little business and most residents departed, leaving ruins of empty buildings and Tamarisk trees that still stand flanking the old highway. Tourists following and exploring historic Route 66 pass through the ghost town now.

Text from Wikipedia, Ludlow, California


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Car Station, San Jon, New Mexico, USA

by Barbara Sambri, an abandoned car station along historical highway 66 in New Mexico

An abandoned car station along historical route 66 in San Jon (New Mexico), not far from the Texas border. This is one of the several abandoned buildings along north american highways: these buildings were perfectly working since a few decades ago, when Interstates were built (I40 in this case), in order to reduce distances between East and West Coasts.
These new roads didn’t cross the several small cities spread along highways and so many of these cities died because there were no more drivers needing assistance (does anybody remember ‘Cars‘ by Pixar?).
Recently, interest on the historical 66 and his monuments have become important and so several projects started in order to renew all the historical buildings along this legendary road.

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