Duarte Senior Center Plans Two-Day Route 66 Trip

by Claudia Heller
August 29, 2013 • 419 views

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It is the time of year for Duarte to salute Route 66, and the Duarte Senior Center will champion the cause.  An overnight bus trip on the Mother Road is planned for October 23 and 24 and will be led by Duarteans Alan and Claudia Heller, authors of “Life on Route 66.”  A power point presentation featuring the sights that will be visited on the trip will be presented by the Hellers at 10 a.m. on September 26 at the Senior Center, 1610 Huntington Drive.  Admission is free.  Trip sign-ups begin September 9.

“We will visit and photograph many iconic towns along the Route,” says Claudia, “and the highlight will be our stop at the Route 66 Arizona town of Oatman where burros roam freely and the atmosphere throws you right back to the gold mining era.”

Heading east from Duarte, the first stop will be in Barstow at the 1910 Santa Fe depot and former Harvey House where the group will visit the Barstow Route 66 Museum followed by a stop in Daggett and then lunch at the Bagdad Café of movie fame.  Photo stops at the Route 66 towns of Amboy, Chambless and Essex will culminate in a tour of Goffs, home of the Mojave Desert Heritage and Cultural Association.  Working stamp mills, the renovated 1914 school house which serves as a museum, and dozens of outbuildings and desert mining equipment will make this stop a photographer’s dream.

After a stay at The Avi Hotel and Casino on the lovely Colorado River, the group will visit the dusty gold mining town of Oatman and learn about the history of the area while strolling along the main street.  Once boasting a population of 40,000, Oatman presently houses only 100 souls.  The 1902 Oatman Hotel still stands and features meals, drink and live entertainment.  Not quite a tame town today, shoot outs seem to occur when tourists visit, adding to the excitement.  This is the place to purchase Route 66 souvenirs.

Heading home the group will enjoy lunch at the historic Ludlow Café and then visit the Route 66 Museum in Victorville.

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