The Vettes caravanned north on I-15, through the Cajon pass and exited on "D" Street in Victorville. A short 1/2 mile east on "D" Street and we arrived at our initial stop, the California Route 66 Museum.
The California Route 66 Museum is devoted to the representation of U.S. Highway 66 in both historic and contemporary exhibition. The museum intends to continually promote, preserve and educate the public throughout the world bringing relative weight to the cultural influences, and the effects the Mother road had on architecture, the arts, community development and commerce, since its induction as a U.S. Highway in 1926.
The California Route 66 is an Interactive museum with over 4500 Sq. Ft. of floor space and photo opportunities for the visitors to share memories in such setting s as a 50's diner, the VW Love Bus complete with hippy wigs and sunglasses for that perfect shot. You can jump up onto the 1917 Model T Ford and any one of the docents would be glad to take a picture of you and your party. They have the first Santa Monica "End of the Trails" booth that is becoming quite popular with visitors. And for hose with a good sense of humor, they have an "Outhouse" built just for that photo.
You will find the staff to be very friendly and informative about the road and many roadside attractions. They also have a good deal of free handouts having to do with Route 66, a library shop full of Route 66 Merchandise with DVD's and books about the road.
This was a blast to the past not to be missed. It is a free trip to the days of dial telephones, outhouse, antique signs, gas pumps, photos and cars. Most of us felt a little nostalgic before our tour was through. The staff of Volunteers was excellent and knowledgeable about everything "Route 66". They went out of their way to welcome us with free water, cookies and smiles, what a nice time we had. Visit them in person or online at www.califrt66museum.org.
Our next stop was for lunch at Emma Jean's, also on "D" Street, about a mile from the museum. Emma Jean's Holland Burger Cafe, a Route 66 icon, has been serving up meals to locals and hungry travelers on the highway since 1947. The building was built by Bob and Kate Holland from cinder blocks manufactured at the old Fiber Tile Plant located south of here approximately where the Cemex Plant sits today.
Richard Gentry drove a cement truck on Route 66 for 31 years and ate here since it opened. His wife, Emma Jean, worked here as a waitress for many years. In 1979 Richard bought the then Holland Burger Cafe, the oldest standing restaurant in the Victorville area, for his wife Emma Jean and re-named it Emma Jean's Holland Burger Cafe.
Emma Jean passed away in 1996 and Richard in 2008. The Cafe remains in the family and is now run by his son Brian Gentry and Brian's wife Shawna.
Emma Jean's, because of its nostalgic mid century ambiance, has been featured in a number of movies and television shows.
It is part of Historic Route 66 and everyone was pleased with the "grub" and because it was the end of the day for the Cafe, they gave us the remaining dessert they had made that day - "peach cobbler".
A couple from France were also dining in Emma Jean's when we were there and they had also been to the Route 66 Museum and were going to finish the day by going to the end of the California Route 66 - the Santa Monica Pier. They gladly got their pictures taken in Ol' Ned's corvette.