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Route 66 cityCrossing from Arizona into California the first stop on Route 66 is Needles (Mojave: ʼAha Kuloh), a city located in the Mojave Desert on the western banks of the Colorado River in San Bernardino County, California. It is located in the Mohave Valley, which straddles the California–Arizona border. The city is accessible via Interstate 40 and U.S. Route 95. Needles was named after "The Needles", a group of pointed rocks on the Arizona side of the river. The large Mohave Native American community shares the nearby Fort Mojave Indian Reservation and the town. Needles is a gateway to the Mojave National Preserve. The Mohave, one of the traditional Native American Colorado River Indian Tribes, are people that have been living in the Mojave Valley area for thousands of years prior to the European exploration of the area. In the Mohave language, they call themselves the Aha Makhav. Their name comes from two words: aha - meaning 'river', and makhav - meaning 'along or beside', and to them it means 'people who live along the river'.

Interstate 40 is the major highway through Needles, connecting Barstow to the west and Arizona to the east. U.S. Route 95 also enters the city from the east on former Route 66 as a concurrency with I-40, then splits with the Interstate west of the city, and heads north to Nevada. The Colorado River Bridge crosses the Colorado River on Topock, Arizona, connecting Needles directly with Mohave County, Arizona, and Arizona State Route 95. In the John Steinbeck novel The Grapes of Wrath, the Joad family stops in Needles when they enter California on Route 66.

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Route 66 cityOnward towards the Pacific Ocean is Barstow, a city in San Bernardino County, California located 55 miles or 89 kilometers north of San Bernardino. Barstow is named after William Barstow Strong, former president of the Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Railway. Some early Barstow names for the town were Camp Sugarloaf, Grapevine, and Waterman Junction. The Skyline Drive-In, located in the north-east outskirts of the city at 31175 Old Highway 58, is one of the last operating drive-in theatres in San Bernardino County. Barstow has a number of museums including the Mojave River Valley Museum, Route 66 Mother Road Museum, the Western America Rail Museum, and the Desert Discovery Center. The Old Woman meteorite, the largest meteorite found in California and the second largest in the United States, is housed in the Desert Discovery Center. The Casa Del Desierto, built in 1911 as a Harvey House hotel and train station, now houses the Route 66 Mother Road Museum and the Western America Railroad Museum as well as still functioning as an unstaffed Amtrak station.

Opened in 1975 and operating 365 days a year, Barstow Station serves 20,000 tour buses a year and is a popular stop for travelers on Interstate 15. The site includes a number of gift shops, an ice cream parlour, a Panda Express, Popeyes Chicken & Biscuits, KHWY radio station and a Greyhound ticket terminal. The McDonalds restaurant at Barstow Station consists of three side-by-side railroad cars, which is a reference to the railroad heritage of the city. Musical mentions of the town include the lyrics of Route 66 composed by Bobby Troup. Sheryl Crow's Leaving Las Vegas mentions spending the night in Barstow. Harry Partch wrote Barstow, inspired by eight pieces of graffiti written by hitchhikers on highway railings in Barstow. The The Residents' song Death in Barstow, tells the story of two friends who visit and fall asleep in Barstow. One of the friends awakes to find that his friend has died.

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Route 66 cityContinuing on towards the end of Route 66 to San Bernardino, a city located in the Riverside-San Bernardino metropolitan area and the county seat of San Bernardino County, California. California State University - San Bernardino is located in the northeastern part of the city. The university also hosts the Coussoulis Arena. Other attractions in San Bernardino include ASU Fox Theatre and the McDonald's Museum, which is located on the original site of the world's first McDonalds Restaurant. In 1940, Richard and Maurice McDonald founded McDonald's, along with its innovative restaurant concept in the city. The California Theatre, the San Bernardino Mountains, and the San Manuel Amphitheater - the largest outdoor amphitheater in the United States are also there.

The city of San Bernardino, California occupies much of the San Bernardino Valley, which indigenous tribespeople originally referred to as The Valley of the Cupped Hand of God. The Tongva Indians also called the San Bernardino area Wa'aach in their language. Upon seeing the immense geological arrowhead-shaped rock formation on the side of the San Bernardino Mountains, they found the hot and cold springs to which the "arrowhead" seemed to point. The city of San Bernardino is one of the oldest communities in the state of California. Named for Bernardino of Siena on May 20th, 1810 San Bernardino, in its present-day location, was not largely settled until 1851, after California became a state.

Route 66 cityIndigenous people of the San Bernardino Valley and Mountains were collectively identified by Spanish explorers in the 19th century as Serrano, a term meaning highlander. Serrano living near what is now Big Bear Lake were called Yuhaviatam, or People of the Pines. In 1866, to clear the way for settlers and gold miners, state militia conducted a 32-day campaign slaughtering men, women, and children. Yuhaviatam leader Santos Manuel guided his people from their ancient homeland to a village site in the San Bernardino foothills. In 1891 the United States government established it as a tribal reservation and named it after Santos Manuel.

In 1994, Norton Air Force Base was closed and reopened to become San Bernardino International Airport. San Bernardino hosts several major annual events, including the Route 66 Rendezvous - a four-day celebration of America's Mother Road that is held in downtown San Bernardino each September. The Berdoo Bikes & Blues Rendezvous is held in the spring and the National Orange Show Festival - a citrus exposition founded in 1911 is also held in the spring. The Western Regional Little League Championships are held there each August, as well as the annual anniversary of the birth of the Mother Charter of the Hells Angels Motorcycle Club, Berdoo California Chapter. The 1928 California Theater of the Performing Arts in downtown San Bernardino hosts an array of events, including concerts by the San Bernardino Symphony Orchestra, as well as touring Broadway theater productions presented by Theatrical Arts International, the areas largest theater company. The Glen Helen Pavilion at the Cajon Pass is the largest amphitheater in the United States.

Route 66 citySan Bernardino is home to the historic Arrowhead Springs Hotel and Spa, located in the Arrowhead Springs neighborhood, which encompasses 1,916 acres or 7.75 square kilometers directly beneath the Arrowhead geological monument that presides over the San Bernardino Valley. The resort contains hot springs, in addition to mineral baths and steam caves located deep underground. Long the headquarters for Campus Crusade for Christ, the site now remains largely vacant and unused since their operations moved to Florida. The $300 million Casino San Manuel, one of the few in southern California that does not operate as a resort hotel, is located approximately one mile from the Arrowhead Springs Hotel and Spa. The city is also home to the Arrowhead Country Club and Golf Course. In downtown, Clarion, adjacent to the San Bernardino Convention Center, is the largest hotel while the Hilton is the largest in the Hospitality Lane District. San Bernardino International Airport is located within the city. The facility is within the jurisdiction of the Inland Valley Development Agency, a joint powers authority, and the San Bernardino Airport Authority. Hillwood, a venture run by H. Ross Perot, Jr., is the master developer of the project, which it calls AllianceCalifornia. The airport does not currently offer commercial passenger service, however the airport passenger terminal has been remodeled, and it will be taking international flights starting sometime in 2013. Southeastern Jet Corporation will also begin a private charter service at the airport in the fall of 2013.

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Route 66 cityDrive next to Rancho Cucamonga, a suburban city in San Bernardino County, California. Rancho Cucamonga is the conjunction of the Mojave Trail, the Old Spanish Trail, the Santa Fe Trail, the El Camino Real and the former U.S. Route 66 - now sign posted as Foothill Boulevard. Rancho Cucamonga is served by Omnitrans Bus Service, Metrolink Train Service, and nearby Ontario International Airport. Interstate 15 and the relatively new 210 freeway extension run through Rancho Cucamonga as well as the historic U.S. Route 66. I-15 sits atop an elevated berm, and cuts a curve through the southeastern part of the city, isolating a mostly industrial area, a small shopping center, and several housing tracts from the larger part of the city. It then levels out toward the north, and forms part of the northeastern border with neighboring Fontana, before entering the Cajon Pass through the San Gabriel Mountains. Route 210 runs nearly straight east-west through the northern part of the city, roughly bisecting the residential communities of Alta Loma and Etiwanda. The western section of the freeway, as it passes through the city, sits in a trench, but east of Day Creek Boulevard, the freeway levels out, then becomes elevated as it passes the San Sevaine creek flood control basins, before passing into Fontana at the angled interchange with I-15. Money Magazines Best Places to Live 2006 ranked Rancho Cucamonga as #42 in America.

The name of the city is remembered by fans of comedian and radio personality Jack Benny who would often hear a train announcement made by Mel Blanc calling out: "Train leaving on track five for Anaheim, Azusa and Cucamonga!".

In addition to the effectiveness of Blanc's delivery of the line, the humor rested partly on the fact that the three towns are in different directions and no single train could have served all three. This running gag became so well known that it eventually led to a statue of Benny being erected in Cucamonga. Rancho Cucamonga has been featured on the Comedy Central hit show Workaholics where it was nicknamed Hollywood East. The main characters are said to live in the heart of Rancho Cucamonga. Rancho Cucamonga is the setting of the movie Next Friday; the home owned by Uncle Elroy and Day Day is in Rancho Cucamonga. The sixth track on the 1974 Grateful Dead album From the Mars Hotel is titled "Pride of Cucamonga". And in the SNL skit, The Californians, Rancho Cucamonga is mentioned as the location of sand surfing in the episode hosted by Justin Bieber in early 2013.

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Route 66 cityPasadena is a city in Los Angeles County, California is the 180th-largest city in the United States, down from 168th place in 2009. Pasadena is the ninth-largest city in Los Angeles County, and on June 19th, 1886, became the fourth to be incorporated in Los Angeles County, after Anaheim on February 10th, 1870 and Santa Ana on June 1st, 1886, which were part of Los Angeles County until Orange County was formed in 1889. It is one of the primary cultural centers of the San Gabriel Valley. Even though famous for hosting the annual Rose Bowl football game and Tournament of Roses Parade, Pasadena is also the home to many scientific and cultural institutions, including the California Institute of Technology (Caltech), the Jet Propulsion Laboratory which is actually in La Cañada Flintridge, Pasadena City College (PCC), Fuller Theological Seminary, Art Center College of Design, the Pasadena Playhouse, the Norton Simon Museum of Art and the Pacific Asia Museum. The Rose Bowl Aquatics Center is an aquatics facility located adjacent to the Rose Bowl Stadium. The pool hosted the final practices of the 2000 US Olympic swimming and diving team. In 2008, the facility held the U.S. National Diving Championships. Pasadena was served by the Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Railway at a Santa Fe Depot in downtown when the Second District was opened in 1887. In 1925, the historical and traditionally-styled station in Pasadena was opened.

Originally, the Second District was an invaluable line; it served manufacturing and agricultural businesses throughout the entire San Gabriel Valley. Unfortunately, the longer trains had great difficulty climbing the precipitous 2.2% grade at Arroyo Seco, between Pasadena and Los Angeles. Additional locomotives were often necessary, causing a more costly and less efficient operation. The still-used Third District opened in 1888, just a year after the Second District, and rapidly took over most of longer freight trains more efficaciously. The Second District and the Pasadena Depot became well known by the many transcontinental passenger trains that it served. Historically, up to 26 passenger trains went through Pasadena every day. To avoid the media in Los Angeles, many celebrities chose to use Pasadena as their main train station, bringing to it an ambience and legacy of the glamour of old Hollywood. Bob Hope Airport, also known as Burbank-Glendale-Pasadena Airport, in nearby Burbank serves as the regional airport for Pasadena. Most destinations from Bob Hope Airport are within the United States, so Los Angeles International Airport in Los Angeles and LA/Ontario International Airport in Ontario are also important airports less than an hour from Pasadena. Long Beach Airport in Long Beach, California, is about an hour long drive away. John Wayne Airport in Orange County, California, is slightly more than an hour long drive away from Pasadena. Route 66 cityBungalow Heaven is a neighborhood of 800 small craftsman homes built from 1900 to 1930 in Pasadena and many of these homes are still occupied. Much of the area became a landmark district in 1989, and annual historic home tours have been conducted since that designation. Bungalow Heaven borders are Washington Boulevard to the north, Orange Grove Boulevard to the south, Mentor Avenue to the west, and Chester Avenue to the east. The neighborhood is usually extended to Lake Avenue to the west and Hill Avenue to the east. The Norton Simon Museum is at the intersection of Orange Grove and Colorado Boulevards. This corner is the official start of the Rose Parade route and the museum can be quite clearly seen every year during the parade television broadcast.

Orange Grove Boulevard is one of several exclusive residential districts in Pasadena, and has been a home for the rich and famous since the early 20th century. Because of the number of landmark mansions, the street earned the name Millionaire Row. Other noteable and historical homes in Pasadena belonged to William Wrigley Jr., Adolphus Busch, co-founder of Anheuser-Busch, brewer of Budweiser beer and David Gamble, son of consumer product maker James Gamble, of Procter & Gamble. Pasadena has a large, non-indigenous population of naturalized parrots. According to the Parrot Project of Los Angeles, the parrots are of at least five species. Some residents have come to enjoy the birds as part of the unique city culture, while others consider them to be loud pests. Many theories surround the mystery of how the parrots landed in Pasadena and claimed the area as their own. A widely accepted story is that they were part of the stock that were set free for their survival from the large pet emporium at Simpson's Garden Town on East Colorado Boulevard, which burned down in 1959.

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Route 66 cityOut of Pasadena and into the greater Los Angeles area traffic through West Hollywood, Beverly Hills and into Santa Monica. Santa Monica is a beachfront city in western Los Angeles County, California situated on Santa Monica Bay. It is bordered on three sides by the city of Los Angeles — Pacific Palisades on the northwest, Brentwood on the north, West Los Angeles on the northeast, Mar Vista on the east, and Venice on the southeast. Santa Monica is home to many Hollywood celebrities and executives and is a mixture of affluent single-family neighborhoods, renters, surfers, professionals, and students. Partly because of its enjoyable climate, Santa Monica had become a famed resort town by the early 20th century. The city has experienced a boom since the late 1980s through the revitalization of its downtown core with significant job growth and increased tourism.

The Santa Monica Looff Hippodrome is a National Historic Landmark and sits on the Santa Monica Pier, which was built in 1909. The La Monica Ballroom on the pier was once the largest ballroom in the US, and the source for many New Year's Eve national network broadcasts. The Santa Monica Civic Auditorium was an important music venue for several decades and hosted the Academy Awards in the 1960s. McCabe's Guitar Shop is still a leading acoustic performance space, as well as retail outlet. Bergamot Station is a city-owned art gallery compound that includes the Santa Monica Museum of Art. The city is also home to the California Heritage Museum and the Angels Attic dollhouse and toy museum. The Santa Monica Freeway or Interstate 10, begins in Santa Monica near the Pacific Ocean and heads east. The Santa Monica Freeway between Santa Monica and downtown Los Angeles has the distinction of being one of the busiest highways in all of North America. After traversing Los Angeles County, I-10 crosses seven more states, terminating at Jacksonville, Florida. In Santa Monica, there is a road sign designating this route as the Christopher Columbus Transcontinental Highway.

Route 66 city State Route 2, or Santa Monica Boulevard, begins in Santa Monica, barely grazing State Route 1 at Lincoln Boulevard, and continues northeast across Los Angeles County, through the Angeles National Forest, crossing the San Gabriel Mountains as the Angeles Crest Highway, ending in Wrightwood. Santa Monica is also the western or the Pacific terminus of historic U.S. Route 66. Close to the eastern boundary of Santa Monica, Sepulveda Boulevard reaches from Long Beach at the south, to the northern end of the San Fernando Valley. Just east of Santa Monica is Interstate 405, the "San Diego Freeway", a major north-south route in Los Angeles County and Orange County, California. Hundreds of movies have been shot or set in part within the city of Santa Monica. One of the oldest exterior shots in Santa Monica is Buster Keaton's Spite Marriage in 1929, which shows much of 2nd Street. The comedy It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World, filmed in 1963, included several scenes shot in Santa Monica, including those along the California Incline, which led to the movie's treasure spot, "The Big W".

The Sylvester Stallone film Rocky III filmed in 1982 shows Rocky Balboa and Apollo Creed training to fight Clubber Lang by running on the Santa Monica Beach, and Stallone's Demolition Man filmed in 1993 includes Santa Monica settings. Henry Jaglom's indie Someone to Love filmed in 1987, the last film in which Orson Welles appeared, takes place in the Santa Monica Mayfair Theatre. Heathers filmed in 1989 used Santa Monica's John Adams Middle School for many exterior shots. The Truth About Cats & Dogs filmed in 1996 is set entirely in Santa Monica, particularly the Palisades Park area, and features a radio station that resembles KCRW at Santa Monica College. 17 Again filmed in 2009 was shot at Samohi. Other films that show significant exterior shots in Santa Monica include Fletch filmed in 1985, Species filmed in 1995, Get Shorty filmed in 1995, and Ocean's Eleven filmed in 2001. They Shoot Horses, Don't They? in 1969, The Sting in 1973, Ruthless People in 1986, Beverly Hills Cop III in 1994, Clean Slate in 1994, Forrest Gump in 1994, The Net in 1995, Love Stinks in 1999, Cellular in 2004, Iron Man in 2008 and Hannah Montana: The Movie in 2009.

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Rt.66 State California
Needles
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