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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.