Is the Mystic Maze near Needles a sacred tribal site or gravel mining operation?

A recent discussion thread on the National Old Trails Road page on Facebook recently centered on a site I hadn't heard of before -- the Mystic Maze, aka Topock Maze, just south of Needles, California. For the uninitiated, the Mystic Maze is a series of rows of parallel lines in the desert, just south of … Continue reading Is the Mystic Maze near Needles a sacred tribal site or gravel mining operation?

California’s Route 66 from Needles to Barstow officially becomes a Scenic Byway

About 150 miles of Route 66 from Needles, California, to Barstow, California, was officially announced Tuesday as a National Scenic Byway by the Federal Highway Administration. Over 300 miles of Missouri's Route 66 also attained All-American Road status, which means it contains features that do not exist elsewhere in the United States and is unique … Continue reading California’s Route 66 from Needles to Barstow officially becomes a Scenic Byway

California Route 66 Association asking for letters of support for scenic byway

The California Historic Route 66 Association is asking for letters of support -- especially from international Route 66 fans -- regarding its nomination for a national scenic byway between Needles and Barstow. Lynne Miller, byway liaison for the association, sent Dries Bessels of the Dutch Route 66 Association a letter that he posted on Facebook. … Continue reading California Route 66 Association asking for letters of support for scenic byway

Route 66 enthusiast buys Le Brun Motel neon sign from Needles

A Route 66 fan from Michigan recently purchased the neon sign from the defunct Le Brun Motel that once stood in Needles, California, and plans to give it to a Route 66 neon museum in Missouri once he finishes some work on it. Scott Sheehan revealed the purchase in an Instagram post. He wrote, in … Continue reading Route 66 enthusiast buys Le Brun Motel neon sign from Needles

Needles seeks to add California Welcome Center in town

The Needles Chamber of Commerce recently lobbied Visit California to add a California Welcome Center in the city. The Needles Desert Star reported: According to the Visit California website, each of the California Welcome Centers is staffed with personal travel concierges, knowledgeable experts who are ready to provide information that will enhance and enrich a … Continue reading Needles seeks to add California Welcome Center in town

Sign at Fender’s River Road Resort shines again

The historic neon sign at Fender's River Road Resort in Needles, California, shined again Saturday evening during a relighting ceremony. Here's a short video posted on Facebook by the good folks from Route 66 Navigation: Jim Hinckley also hosted an hour-long Facebook Live session before the sign was fired up. Colorado photographer and videographer KC … Continue reading Sign at Fender’s River Road Resort shines again

Restored Fender’s River Road Resort sign likely will shine again June 8

The organizer of a campaign to restore the historic neon sign at Fender's River Road Resort in Needles, California, said the sign likely will shine again the evening of June 8. KC Keefer, who led the crowdsourcing campaign to restore the sign, made the announcement on a Facebook post Thursday: In exactly one week we … Continue reading Restored Fender’s River Road Resort sign likely will shine again June 8

Roof blown off historic Needles Theatre

An apparent dust devil Saturday blew off the remnants of a metal roof off the historic but long-closed Needles Theatre in downtown Needles, California. The wreckage of the roof blocked the westbound lanes of Broadway (aka Route 66) in Needles. The Needles Desert Star reported: Needles resident Michael Wright was on the second floor of … Continue reading Roof blown off historic Needles Theatre

Fender’s River Road Resort sign removed for restoration

The historic neon sign at Fender's River Road Resort in Needles, California, recently was removed so it can be restored. Photographer KC Keefer, who launched a fundraising effort in early 2018 to restore the sign, sent out a news release Wednesday that stated: The plan is to completely refurbish the neon “Motel” sign at Fenders … Continue reading Fender’s River Road Resort sign removed for restoration

Needles’ future is going to pot

Needles, California, which has seen better days like many Route 66 towns bypassed by the interstate decades ago, is betting on future growth with the marijuana industry. This isn't just hyperbole. Check out these facts from the story by the New York Times: The City Council in this solidly Republican community of 5,000 people has … Continue reading Needles’ future is going to pot