Off the Map: Ghost Towns of the Mother Road – Amboy, California

Route 66The Amboy, California area was settled in the late 1850’s but wasn’t established as a town until 1883 or 1884.  The town was named Amboy as part of civil engineer Lewis Kingman’s plan to alphabetically name a series of railroad stations across the Mojave Desert for the Atlantic and Pacific Railroad.  Following Amboy would be Bolo (renamed Bristol), Chambless, Danby, Essex, Fenner, Goffs and so on.  Because these railroad stops were so vital it is said that the railroad was the organization responsible for naming more towns in California in those days.

When gold was discovered nearby in the late 1890’s the town began to boom.  In 1926 the National Trails Highway (became Route 66) opened and Amboy was a major stop along that road.  Even through the Depression years, Amboy didn’t fade much – travelers still needed a place to get gas, eat or sleep.

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