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Route 66 now officially ends at the Santa Monica Pier

Route 66 the “

Main Street

of America which “winds from “
to LA” in Bobby Troup’s song of the same name, now has an official ending point. Previously, the end of Route 66 was thought to be at the intersection of Santa Monica and Lincoln boulevards about a mile or so from the
Pacific Ocean. .Now, after 83 years of wrangling the official the ending point of Route 66 is indeed the Santa Monica Pier.  Recently, the Santa Monica Pier was designated as the “official” western terminus of Route 66 by the Route 66 Alliance, an organization that promotes and preserves the historic roadway.


In a ceremony recently at the fabled pier, a replica of the long-lost “End of the Trail” sign was unveiled by local dignitaries and civic officials. The ceremony was also preceded by a processional motorcade of 66 vintage cars and motorcycles that drove the final western leg of the legendary highway.


This is a historic time for the pier – it is 100 years old. During the 1930s there was an original “End of the Trail” sign on the pier and although it disappeared long ago, that sign once overlooked the Santa Monica Pier and created public opinion that the “real” end of Route 66 was actually as the Santa Monica Pier. Even though the official terminus of Route 66 was a matter of debate for many years, now it is official. The Santa Monica Pier, in its centennial year, is the “official” terminus of Route 66 at least according to the Route 66 Alliance.