California – Attractions

Needles

Address: San Bernardino COunty, California

Founded soon after the Santa Fe Railroad came through in 1883, and named for the group of sharp stone spires that stand near where I-40 crosses the Colorado River from Arizona, Needles (pop. 4,830) is one of the hottest places in the country, with summertime highs hovering between 100° and 120°F for months on end. Though unbearable in summer, Needles is a popular place with winter snowbirds escaping colder climes; it also has a very rich Route 66 heritage.

The Needle Mountains serve as a gateway to the Mojave Desert, the last oasis of greenery for several hundred miles; Route 66 rushes into one of the most extreme landscapes on its path.

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Santa Monica Pier

Address: 200 Santa Monica Pier, Santa Monica, California

The Santa Monica Pier is a large double-jointed pier located at the foot of Colorado Avenue in Santa Monica, California and is a prominent, 100-year-old landmark.

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The Goffs School House

Address: 37198 Lanfair Road in Goffs, California.

The Goffs School was built in 1914 and served the outlying families of the area from 1914 through 1937. It is a survivor of old Route 66. The old school is certainly not what one would expect. Instead of the usual wood frame construction found in remote desert communities, it is constructed of a heavy wood frame, steel mesh and stucco. The unique mission style architecture of the school seems oddly out of place here.

The restored school , active between 1913 and 1937, is now a museum. The school has been placed on the National Register of Historic Places.

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Colorado Street Bridge

Pasadena, California

The Colorado Street Bridge is a historic concrete arch bridge spanning the Arroyo Seco in Pasadena, California.

With its majestic arches rising 150 feet above the deeply cut Arroyo Seco, the Colorado Street Bridge was proclaimed the highest concrete bridge in the world upon completion in 1913. The bridge impressed travelers from the day it opened. Until then, the crossing of the Arroyo Seco required horses and wagons to descend the steep eastern slope, cross a small bridge over the stream, and then climb the west bank through Eagle Rock Pass. Given this harsh topography, the Colorado Street Bridge proved a challenge to design and build. Solid footing eluded engineers in the seasonally wet arroyo bed.

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Broadway Theater and Commercial District

The Broadway Theater District in Downtown Los Angeles is the first and largest historic theater district listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

The Broadway Theater and Commercial District includes approximately seven blocks along South Broadway in Los Angeles, CA; its northern boundary is midway between West Second St. and West Third St. and the southern boundary is between West Ninth St. and West Olympic St.

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