At the end of the road

Michael Bushnell
Northeast News

Santa Monica Pier, home of the Santa Monica Auto Camp, at 1617 Ocean Avenue, one block away from the Santa Monica Pier, is the end of the trail for Route 66.

The end-of-the-road sign is situated at the end of the pier, symbolizing that Route 66 only ended because the waters of the Pacific Ocean stood in its path.

We’ve come roughly 2,500 miles since leaving Grant Park in Chicago, Illinois thirteen weeks ago on our summer road trip down America’s Mother Road.

Route 66 brought exodusters to California during the Dust Bowl years and Hollywood starlets to the hills of Los Angeles during the heady days of Hollywood when you could get discovered at the corner soda fountain, if you were lucky.

Almost fittingly, we’re spending our last night on Route 66 in an auto and trailer camp.
One can almost visualize the teardrop, pleated aluminum travel trailers pulled by sleek Chevrolets and Dodges with manual transmissions and coker tires.

Interestingly, the Shasta RV company recently re-introduced the throwback Shasta AirFlyte travel trailer, extremely popular in “glamping” circles these days.

The advertising copy on the back of this postcard states “Ideally located auto and trailer court. Space for 125 trailers. Complete facilities, ultra-modern apartments, private baths, kitchens. One block from amusement pier and bathing beach. Three blocks to business district. Convenient to Hollywood, Beverly Hills and Los Angeles.”

We hope you’ve enjoyed our excursion down America’s Main Street over the summer months.

We’ll have all of the images archived on our website for easy access and your reading enjoyment.

Thanks for tagging along! Happy motoring!

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