Demolition begins on Mount Vernon Avenue Bridge in San Bernardino

The razing of the historic but closed Mount Vernon Avenue Bridge in San Bernardino, California, began a few weeks ago. Though it’s not on Route 66, many travelers heading to and from the Mother Road undoubtedly used the railroad viaduct over the decades. The span lies immediately south where Route 66 turns west onto West … Continue reading Demolition begins on Mount Vernon Avenue Bridge in San Bernardino

Mitla Cafe of San Bernardino finishes in Final Four of tortilla tournament

The historic Mitla Cafe along Route 66 in San Bernardino, California, recently advanced to the semifinals of the rugged KCRW Tortilla Tournament in the corn tortilla division. Inland Valley Daily Bulletin columnist David Allen, who noted the restaurant dates to 1937, passed along these details about the competition: While first-timer Mitla was entered in both … Continue reading Mitla Cafe of San Bernardino finishes in Final Four of tortilla tournament

California closes bars in Los Angeles County because of coronavirus

California’s governor on Sunday ordered the closing of bars in seven counties, including Los Angeles County, because of an upsurge in coronavirus cases. State officials also have urged eight other counties, including San Bernardino County, to close their bars, reported the Los Angeles Times and other news outlets in the region. The order came two … Continue reading California closes bars in Los Angeles County because of coronavirus

Was “Sleepy Joe’s Cafe” by Bruce Springsteen based on a Route 66 restaurant?

In the last few weeks, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin columnist David Allen has tried to track down the inspiration to the Bruce Springsteen song “Sleepy Joe’s Cafe,” off the new, fascinating “Western Stars” album. It’s easy to see why the opening lines of the song intrigued Allen: There’s a place out on the highway ‘cross … Continue reading Was “Sleepy Joe’s Cafe” by Bruce Springsteen based on a Route 66 restaurant?

Train derailment near Ludlow closes Route 66 indefinitely

The derailment Wednesday of a freight train east of Ludlow, California, has closed National Trails Highway (aka Route 66) “for an unknown duration” due to a hazardous liquid spill. The Victorville Daily Press reports the accident just east of town shortly after noon involved 25 to 35 railcars. San Bernardino County Fire Department spokesperson Tracey … Continue reading Train derailment near Ludlow closes Route 66 indefinitely

Mitla Cafe in San Bernardino marks 80th year

The Milta Cafe, one of the oldest Mexican restaurants in the Los Angeles metro area, market its 80th birthday earlier this month. According to the San Bernardino County Sun, the San Bernardino restaurant marked the milestone with a banquet attended by 200 longtime patrons, family members and musician Poncho Sanchez. Commemorative pins, mugs and shot glasses … Continue reading Mitla Cafe in San Bernardino marks 80th year

California Historic Route 66 Association will host Zoom conference about bridge repairs, COVID-19

The California Historic Route 66 Association will host a Zoom videoconference seminar Sept. 12 about the ongoing repairs to dozens of Route 66 bridges in the Mojave Desert and the effect of the COVID-19 pandemic on the road’s museums and other sites. Brandon Biggs, an assistant director of the San Bernardino County Public Works Department, … Continue reading California Historic Route 66 Association will host Zoom conference about bridge repairs, COVID-19

Hal Blaine, drummer on dozens of hit records, dies at 90

Hal Blaine, a member of the Los Angeles-based Wrecking Crew of studio musicians who played drums on thousands of songs during the 1960s and ’70s, died Monday. He was 90. The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame member played on albums by Frank Sinatra, Simon & Garfunkel, Neil Diamond, Elvis Presley, the Beach Boys, the … Continue reading Hal Blaine, drummer on dozens of hit records, dies at 90

Section of Route 66 in Mojave Desert will remain closed for several more years

Those who’ve waited for San Bernardino County to reopen a lengthy, storm-damaged section of Route 66 in the Mojave Desert will have to wait a while longer. ROUTE Magazine reported in a Facebook post Wednesday part of the historic highway likely will remain closed likely through at least part of 2023: According to the Department … Continue reading Section of Route 66 in Mojave Desert will remain closed for several more years

Dedication of Camp Cajon monument planned for July 4

Several area historical societies plan to dedicate a new monument dedicated to Camp Cajon on July 4, which happens to be the centennial of the opening of the pre-Route 66 auto camp north of San Bernardino, California. The San Bernardino County Sun reports: Commuters in the Cajon Pass on the 15 Freeway may have recently … Continue reading Dedication of Camp Cajon monument planned for July 4