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Ludlow, California (Route 66)

Ludlow is a small town located in the Mojave Desert in southern California. Ludlow was established as a water stop for steam locomotives in the late 1800s when the Atlantic and Pacific Railroad (later part of the Santa Fe Railway) was being constructed through the area. The town’s growth was further fueled by the opening of Route 66 in 1926, which brought increased traffic and commerce to the region.

Ludlow gained prominence as a service town along Route 66, offering travelers amenities such as gas stations, motels, cafes, and shops. However, with the construction of Interstate 40, which bypassed much of Route 66, Ludlow’s importance declined, leading to the closure of many businesses.

Route 66 Attractions in Ludlow, California

  1. Ludlow Café and Motel: This historic café and motel harkens back to the heyday of Route 66. Its retro signage and architecture are worth a stop for some nostalgic photos.




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