Route 66 Museum Musings • Winter-Spring Edition 2018

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Cracker Barrel opened its first California Restaurant in February, in Victorville.

The Cracker Barrel Restaurant located in Victorville, CA opened Feb. 5, 2018. The Tennessee-based casual dining chain was founded in 1969. “One of the most distinguishable aspects of Cracker Barrel is the authentic memorabilia, and Americana decor that reflects the unique families and culture of the community it serves,” the company said in a statement.

The Victorville Restaurant pays tribute to the “ranch and desert life” of the High Desert, California’s roots in the citrus and produce industries, and the region’s segment of historic Route 66.

Dining room walls are blanketed with framed fruit labels from historic California companies including Blue Goose Pears and Red Star Apples. Vintage wagon parts and saddles also adorn walls, along with old advertisements from local companies. The 10,000-square-foot restaurant will be Cracker Barrel’s 649th location when it opens. The chain owns and operates all of its restaurants, currently located in 44 states.

In Victorville, the restaurant is located at 11612 Amargosa Road, in front of the super Wal-Mart shopping Center. Cracker Barrel formed an alliance with the “California Route 66 Museum” by sponsoring the HO train layout operation in the main room in the museum. When you have the time visit Cracker Barrel for the food, and the museum to see our refurbished train layout


Caretakers of the California Route 66 Museum spent most of the morning wiping away tears and cleaning up broken glass after the popular tourist attraction was broken into.

Museum Director, Susan Bridges and her staff watched in disbelief as a security monitor recording showed a man smashing glass cabinets, overturning displays and stealing vintage artifacts and clothing inside the museum located on D Street in Victorville.

The camera also caught the suspect breaking into the museum, stealing a “vintage and empty” cash register; leaving the building and returning later to “damage and steal” property.

“He was inside for about 10 minutes and did about $30,000 in damage”. “It’s going to cost about $5,000 just to replace the glass. The museum was closed for several days to get everything back in order.”

San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department deputies arrested the intruder after he was found with stolen items and a crowbar near the museum in Victorville. The 25-year old, who matched the description of the suspect on the surveillance video, was later booked at High Desert Detention Center on suspicion of burglary and vandalism.

Most of the stolen property has been recovered and the majority of the 4,500-squarefoot museum was left untouched during the break-in. But the scale model of Hula Ville, six glass cabinets, the front door and numerous antique cars, trains and figurines were damaged in the break-in, “He really did a number on Hula Ville, as museum staff worked to restore the model, and find missing pieces scattered throughout the building. “You can replace glass, but you can’t replace history.”

Susan Bridges, was alerted to the break-in by Hi Desert Alarm just before 2 a.m. Monday, remarked that deputies “seemed to be heartbroken” by what they found when they arrived at the museum

This museum is part of who we all are.  It holds so many memories and artifacts of Route 66 and the High Desert.”

“We appreciate the love and support from all of our friends around the world. The museum team is worked hard to reopen the museum so they can serve the army of tourists from around the world who are currently on vacation wishing to visit the museum.

Every year, the museum welcomes thousands of guests from Europe, Asia, South America and other places around the world, Bridges said.

Excerpts from Rene Ray De La Cruz Staff Writer VVDaily Press


The California Route 66 Museum held a benefit fundraiser on February 24, 2018, to help recover expenses from the museum burglary damage, insurance deductible and additional security measures.

“The California Route 66 Museum” is a nonprofit organization, and does not receive any government funding.

Items were donated by individuals, car clubs, and organizations from across the United States, and cash from domestic sources and foreign countries.

Live entertainment was supplied by Surf Katz, and DJ, Kev-Dog.

A silent auction was held, along with door prizes, and items that were for sale, hand painted pictures, classic toys, lunch boxes, collectable pins, and munch more.

The museum would like to “THANK” all who attended and supported the fundraiser.


Over the years our visitors have increased, but last year we were extremely fortunate to have over 10,000 domestic and international visitors. The Museum has hosted over 25 tour domestic and international groups from around the world.

Among the returning visitors were “All Ways on Wheels” tour group returned with a new group of French visitors on motorcycles.

The “Mother Road Ride Rally” returned with 88 riders from all over Europe.

“Bike Tours 4 The Wounded” arrived with a group of “Wounded Warriors”.

Kenneth Drylie who was a friend and photographer of Roy Rogers and Dale Evans visited the Museum. He told many stories about his time with Roy and Dale. If you would like to see his photos of Roy and Dale they are in “Happy Trails, Our lives Together” a book that was printed several years ago.

The Museum was visited by R&J Tours right after New Year’s. This tour group attended the Pasadena Rose Parade, and float viewing. The Museum was one of their last stops before heading East and home. This was the first time visit for R&J Tours, and we hope we will become a regular stop on their western tours.

We “THANK” the Docents and Museum personal for there over the top efforts in making “The California Route 66 Museum” a worldwide success.


The “California Route 66 Museum” apologizes for any misspelled names of our visitors.

To see more pictures of our Museum visitors go to the Museums website:


“The California Route 66 Museum” is looking for a few Volunteers to help around the museum. We need docents, cashiers, and office familiar personal. If you have time on your hands and can spare eight (8) hours a week, and open to learn a little history about Route 66, and meet visitors from around the world, come join us here at the Museum.

If you are interested contact “The California Route 66 Museum” and ask for Sue Bridges at (760) 951-0436 or


The California Route 66 Museum ONLINE Store has been accepting International and Domestic orders. Flat rate shipping for items under 5 pounds is $8.95.

Look for NEW merchandise such as Men, Women and Children’s “T”, sweat shirts, clocks, license plate frames, iconic Route 66 puzzles and other items on the Museum’s website.

Be sure to visit The California Route 66 Museum’s NEW merchandise site at our eBay store,

The California Route 66 Museum has upgraded its mobile site for merchandise viewing on your smart phone, and/or tablet.

The museum website will contain information about up-coming museum events. To see more photos of past museum’s events and newsletters, and visitors, go on-line at the museum’s digital site. Website:



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