Former owner of Summit Inn at top of Cajon Pass dies at age 88

C.A. Stevens, the longtime owner of the Summit Inn restaurant at the top of Cajon Pass in Southern California, died Feb. 5 after contracting COVID-19. He was 88. Stevens owned the restaurant and an adjacent motel along old Route 66 for nearly 50 years until he sold it in 2016. A month after the sale … Continue reading Former owner of Summit Inn at top of Cajon Pass dies at age 88

Camp Cajon team begins offering field trips of historical sites in Cajon Pass

The team behind the recently constructed Camp Cajon Monument in Southern California's Cajon Pass recently offered tours of Camp Cajon and other sites along the famed mountain path. The monument itself sits at the south end of Wagon Train Road, near the intersection of Interstate 15 and Highway 138. The monument was dedicated in 2019 to … Continue reading Camp Cajon team begins offering field trips of historical sites in Cajon Pass

Re-creation of monument marks Camp Cajon’s 100th anniversary

Several weeks ago, the dedication of a replica of Camp Cajons original monument marked the 100th anniversary of the camp along Cajon Pass in Southern California. The event was during the July 4 holiday, but a story didn't appear in the San Bernardino County Sun until mid-August. History columnist Mark Landis provided a thumbnail history … Continue reading Re-creation of monument marks Camp Cajon’s 100th anniversary

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

Cyclists finish long trek two years after accident in Kingman

Two tandem cyclists on Saturday finally finished their trek of nearly 9,500 miles after an accident more than two years ago in Kingman, Arizona. Kathy Behrens and Roger Hardy of Redlands, California, were hit from behind by an SUV in October 2016 after traveling through 27 states and a part of Canada. According to the … Continue reading Cyclists finish long trek two years after accident in Kingman

Cleanup costs hamper Summit Inn rebuilding project

The owners of the Summit Inn faced higher-than-expected costs to clean up the property after a wildfire destroyed the restaurant in August. Otto Recinos, co-owner of the Route 66 landmark near Hesperia, California, told the Victorville Daily Press the cleanup cost $320,000. “The site had asbestos and lead,” Recinos said, “so we had to do a … Continue reading Cleanup costs hamper Summit Inn rebuilding project

Summit Inn owners plan to rebuild in 8-12 months

The owners of the Summit Inn restaurant plan to rebuild the Route 66 landmark eight to 12 months after a wildfire destroyed it earlier this month. The Victorville Daily Press reported co-owner Otto Recinos began this week salvaging what was left of the burned-out property near Oak Hills, California, at the top of Southern California's legendary Cajon … Continue reading Summit Inn owners plan to rebuild in 8-12 months

Owners of Summit Inn say they will rebuild

Amid the bad news about the historic Summit Inn restaurant burning down, a sliver of good news emerged Wednesday night -- its owners plan to rebuild. The San Bernardino County Sun reported: But new owners Katherine Juarez and her brother Otto Recinos, who recently purchased the restaurant, want to bring it back. “We plan to rebuild it … Continue reading Owners of Summit Inn say they will rebuild

Wildfire destroys landmark Summit Inn

A fast-moving wildfire in Cajon Pass in Southern California destroyed the Route 66 landmark Summit Inn restaurant on Tuesday night, confirmed several media outlets in the Los Angeles region. The Los Angeles Times posted video from the scene as flames consumed the historic cafe. The Facebook page for the Oak Hills restaurant posted this message late … Continue reading Wildfire destroys landmark Summit Inn

Summit Inn ownership soon will change

The Summit Inn, situated off old Route 66 on the top of Cajon Pass in southern California, will change hands after almost 50 years under ownership by C.A. Stevens. The Victorville Daily Press reports the Otto Recinos family of nearby Wrightwood, California, bought the Route 66 restaurant, motel, office and antique shop for about $1 million. Closing on … Continue reading Summit Inn ownership soon will change