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Route 66 Caravan Road Log:
April 30, 2003

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Rancho Cucamonga

Magic Lamp Inn

Magic Lamp Neon Sign The second day of our Route 66 Caravan was action packed too. We spent the night at the Hampton Inn in West Covina. Many of the staff at this Hampton Inn was coming with us to San Bernardino to help refurbish the La Plaza Park on old Route 66. Some of the staff road with us in the RV and it was a special treat for Jim and me to give them the 25-cent Route 66 tour down Foothill and Cajon Blvd in Rancho Cucamonga and San Bernardino.
That’s what the caravan is all about – to bring much needed awareness about Route 66 to people who haven’t been exposed to the Mother Road yet. These Hampton Inn employees enjoyed the tour and we enjoyed watching the comprehension of how special Route 66 is begin to grow in their eyes.

Famous Magic Lamp 1957

Magic Lamp Ceremony Our first stop was in Ranch Cucamonga at the Magic Lamp Inn on Foothill Blvd. This restaurant has an eye-catching architecture, and a fantastic neon sign that epitomizes the businesses on Route 66 and the other two-lane highways of yesteryear. It is just a fun place, and I understand has good food too. The Magic Lamp Inn was built in 1957 and has been a landmark in Rancho Cucamonga ever since.
Rancho Cucamonga recognizes its special Route 66 heritage and supports the preservation of its remaining vintage road structures. That is not always the case with many cities and towns across America.


Magic Lamp: Roadside Attraction

Rancho Cucamonga’s mayor, Bill Alexander was on scene to celebrate the dedication of the new Roadside Attraction sign at the Magic Lamp and support his good friend, Anthony Vernola the owner of the Magic Lamp Inn.

Setting up the Roadside Attraction Sign

Anthony Vernola with His New Sign


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