Photography tips on Route 66 in Ludlow

Photographer Nick Carver has produced a semi-popular "Photography on Location" video series on YouTube. Recently, Carver traveled to the Route 66 town of Ludlow, California, deep in the Mojave Desert. I'm not a photography junkie, but I found Carver's video from the near-ghost town interesting and engaging. https://youtu.be/A3kyOnd3kmA In a follow-up video, Carver reviews the … Continue reading Photography tips on Route 66 in Ludlow

DVD review: “The California Promise: Historic Route 66”

Route 66 in the Mojave Desert may look barren, but its past brims with history and stories. That's the takeaway from Unoccupied Route 66's latest film, "The California Promise: Historic Route 66." The 37-minute documentary, again directed by KC Keefer, explores a 100-mile stretch of ghost towns that dotted Route 66 in Southern California's harsh desert. … Continue reading DVD review: “The California Promise: Historic Route 66”

A high-speed trip on Route 66 through the Mojave Desert

A dedicated driver known only by the name of Forgotten Hwy recently uploaded footage of drives on Route 66 through California's Mojave Desert. These are quality, high-speed videos with annotations of towns, prominent crossroads and streets encountered on the Mother Road. This is a good way to travel vicariously in Route 66 in the Mojave … Continue reading A high-speed trip on Route 66 through the Mojave Desert

Trailer for “The California Promise” documentary released

A three-minute promotional trailer for Unoccupied Route 66's latest documentary, "The California Promise," was placed online a few days ago. This segment shown here deals primarily with the Mojave Desert ghost town of Bagdad. https://youtu.be/wYae2Q9aIYg More about the upcoming film: Join host Nick Gerlich as he explores the Mohave Desert on an old section of … Continue reading Trailer for “The California Promise” documentary released

Part of Route 66 in Mojave Desert to be closed until mid-September

A portion of Route 66 that runs through the Mojave Desert just east of Amboy, California, will be closed through mid-September because of bridge construction. San Bernardino County published a news release Monday in the Desert Dispatch newspaper, based in Barstow, California: San Bernardino County Public Works will be constructing two new bridges and road … Continue reading Part of Route 66 in Mojave Desert to be closed until mid-September

More 1990s videos on Route 66

Anthony Reichardt has posted more than a dozen videos he shot during Route 66 trips in a 1959 Cadillac from 1992 to 1995. The latest batch includes an interview with Aleene Kay Albro, who co-owned Buffalo Ranch in Afton, Oklahoma, from 1953 to 1997. She died less than two years after this video, and Buffalo Ranch … Continue reading More 1990s videos on Route 66

More about the new Mojave Trails National Monument

Media reports and news releases from the U.S. government have provided more details about President Barack Obama's declaration Friday of 1.6 million acres of Southern California desert as the Mojave Trails National Monument. The monument includes 105 miles of Route 66 from Needles to Ludlow, California. The president's declaration for the Mojave Trails National Monument may be … Continue reading More about the new Mojave Trails National Monument

Mojave Trails National Monument order expected soon

A declaration of a Mojave Trails National Monument that would include almost all of Route 66 from Needles to Barstow, California, is coming within days, according to a lengthy article by the San Francisco Chronicle. For six years, Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) has tried to get such a Mojave Trails National Monument designation through Congress, but … Continue reading Mojave Trails National Monument order expected soon

Part of Route 66 reopens in the Mojave Desert

A 21-mile stretch of Route 66 in California's Mojave Desert reopened Friday from Cadiz Road to Essex Road, reported the Needles Desert Star. A large chunk of Route 66 in the Mojave closed in September 2014 after flash flooding damaged roadways and destroyed dozens of bridges. The stretch from Ludlow to Amboy reopened in January after … Continue reading Part of Route 66 reopens in the Mojave Desert

Part of Route 66 in Mojave Desert may remain closed until 2016

A portion of the National Trails Highway (aka Route 66) from Essex, California, to just east of Amboy, California, may remain closed until 2016 because flash flooding in September 2014 damaged the roadway and bridges there, according to a San Bernardino County official. The flooding washed away about 50 bridges from Essex to Ludlow, California. … Continue reading Part of Route 66 in Mojave Desert may remain closed until 2016