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Americana | Architecture | Auto Alley | Bowling | Drive-ins | Eateries | Motels | Neon | Retrolook | Signage | Theatre

Welcome to Roadside Peek's Roadside USA California Desert section. With many thanks to super eyewitness Ralph Squillace, photos from the Palm Desert/Indio were the first to hit this section.

Frey's Aerial Tramway Gas
Photo by RoadsidePeek.com

A cultural landmark for generations, the Albert Frey Aerial Tramway gas station has now been transformed into an art gallery. See this roadside delight and others at Roadside Peek's Roadside Architecture California Desert.



Rancho Super Car Wash
Photo by RoadsidePeek.com

Zowee... it's.. it's .. an elephant! Rancho Super Car Wash off of Palm Desert Highway in Rancho Mirage to be exact. Check out the auto treasure and others at Roadside Peek's Automobile Alley California Desert.



Courtesy Coffee Shop
Photo by RoadsidePeek.com

Check out this googie sign outside of the Courtesy Coffee Shop in Blythe. Although the marquee still stands, the funny object sticking up from the sign's crown disappeared a couple of years ago. See other favorites at Roadside Peek's Roadside Eateries California Desert.



Yucca Inn
Photo by RoadsidePeek.com

The Yucca Inn features a good sized marquee with a swooping arrow. Check out the roadside motels of yesteryear at Roadside Peek's Roadside Motels California Desert.



Sky Harbor Realty
Yucca Valley, CA
Photo courtesy Adriene Biondo

The Sky Harbor Realty sign still lights up the sky in Yucca Valley. More eye catching signs from the California desert area can be found at Roadside Peek's Roadside Signage California Desert.



Planters Hotel
Photo courtesy Bill Herzog

The Planters Hotel is an old standout hotel in Brawley. Opened for business in February 1927, the Planters was visited by many famous celebrities like John Wayne and Clark Gable. Check out these old historic hotels at Roadside Peek's Retrolook California Desert.



Brawley Theatre
Photo courtesy Bill Herzog

Have a look see at the front of the Brawley Theatre. The theatre had been damaged in an earthquake in October 1979. See more of the old movie palaces at Roadside Peek's Grand Theatre California Desert.



Beacon Bowl
Photo by RoadsidePeek.com

Traveling along Route 66 and interested in making a stop and bowl a few games? Well, until a few years ago, you could've done so at the Beacon Bowl in Barstow, CA. Check out this old bowling alley sign and more at Roadside Peek's Ten Pin Alleys California Desert.



Motor Vu Drive-in Theatre
Photo by RoadsidePeek.com

Whew, what is that smell? On a hot, humid evening in Imperial, California, the Motor Vu Drive-in Theatre sits and waits for its first car. Check out this ozoner and more at Roadside Peek's Drive-in Theatres California Desert.




Calico Ghost Town
Photo courtesy Chris & Ginger

Off the highway near Yermo and on the way to the Calico Ghost Town is this sign. See more of the roadside icons of the desert at Roadside Peek's Roadside Americana California Desert.



Royal Hawaiian MotelRoyal Hawaiian Motel
Baker, CA
Photo by RoadsidePeek.com

Near the world's largest thermometer is this polynesian themed motel, the Royal Hawaiian. Word is that this place has been a set for many a movie over the years. See this neon delight and more at Roadside Neon California Desert.











© Copyright 1998-2013 Syd Nagoshi. All rights reserved. No portion of this document may be reproduced, copied or revised without written permission of the author.


© Copyright 1998-2021 Syd Nagoshi. All rights reserved. No portion of this document may be reproduced, copied or revised without written permission of the author.