Monday, December 1, 2014

Rubbish Tuesday

Finally a home for all those photos I take of old items!!

Continuing with our travels along Route 66 featuring iconic motel signs and other landmarks.

November and December 2012 saw us taking our first winter sojourn away from cold and snowy Toronto. We drove across from Toronto to (eventually) Los Angeles and back in the spring of 2013. We made many stops along the towns of Route 66 on interstate 40.

Winter 2013 and spring 2014 saw us do the same trip but we took interstate 10, further south from Route 66.

A trip to Chicago gave us another Route 66 photo op.

In earlier years we had taken many vacations in California which also led to some Route 66 icons.

I am enjoying doing these posts as I research the hotels and motels along the way and learn many new things.
Wikipedia is usually my source.

The Glancy - Clinton OK
Blue Swallow Motel - Tucumcari NM
Wigwam Motel - Rialto CA
Holbrook AZ
Glen Rio NM
Glen Rio NM - cars
Cadillac Ranch TX
Barstow CA

November 2008 - Rancho Cucamonga CA

The Magic Lamp Inn on Foothill Blvd in Rancho Cucamonga opened in 1955. This restaurant has an eye-catching architecture, and a fantastic neon sign that epitomizes the era of Route 66.

In the 1940's and early 50's, it was Lucy and John's Cafe, owned by the Nosenzo family, featuring Italian cuisine. After the Nosenzo's sold the restaurant to Frank and Edith Penn and the Clearman family in 1955 guests no longer found themselves eating spaghetti. Instead, they ate steak and chicken inside the newly remodeled restaurant. Travelers were welcomed with a large "Magic Lamp" at the entryway.

The Magic Lamp Inn name was selected from a lottery drawing by the staff.


  1. The last shot particularly strikes my interest, with the unusual contours of the roof.

  2. What a neat sign. Tom The Backroads Traveller

  3. Glad you shared some of travel finds. I liked seeing the unique motels/hotels.

  4. Very cool Rubbish Tuesday entry! I always love your sites along Rt. 66!

  5. Perfect for Rubbish Tuesdays! Love all those quaint roadside gems.

  6. Another post with great Route 66 history.

  7. Now that is a great sign! Certainly and eye catcher!