The destination of the legendary Route 66 is among Santa Monica ‘s claims to fame. Route 66 was America ‘s Main Street, the Mother Road, leading adventurers from Chicago to the West Coast. In 1926, it rolled into to Los Angeles. In 1936, it was extended to Santa Monica — but where exactly?

Dan Rice, past president of the California Route 66 Association, current National Vice President of the Route 66 Alliance, who has traveled the route 27 times, will present a virtual tour of the famed highway and reveal its true final location in Santa Monica. He will host the upcoming TV series, “Road Scholar.”

Made obsolete by the interstate highway system in the 1960s, Route 66 has enjoyed a nostalgic resurgence, hosting numerous road-tripping visitors every year. Rice has a shop, “66-to-Cali,” on the Santa Monica Pier.

Rice will reveal Route 66’s secret on Sunday, March 3, at 1:30 p.m. in the Santa Monica Main Library, Multi-Purpose Room. The lecture is free but reservations are advised. Register online at, by sending email to or by leaving a message at (310) 496-3146. Refreshments will be served.

Have you taken the Santa Monica Conservancy’s Downtown Walking Tour? It takes place every Saturday morning at 10 AM. Reserve a place with email to, or just come check in a few minutes early at 1436 2nd Streer (the Hostel, next to the historic Rapp Saloon). Have a group of friends or family visiting? We’re happy to schedule a private group tour with at least four weeks’ notice.

Are you a current member of the Conservancy? Your annual membership contributions support its invaluable work to preserve the architectural and
cultural heritage of our city. You will receive our informative quarterly
newsletter and discounts on tours and events – as well as complimentary
admission to our annual Holiday Party.

Questions? Call 310-496-3146 or email

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