Wednesday, August 17, 2016
R.I.P. Summit Inn: Cajon Pass Fire Destroys a Route 66 Landmark
I was heartbroken to see tonight that the devastating fire in the Cajon Pass has completely burned down the Summit Inn, a Route 66 landmark that fed travelers for generations.
We were just at the Summit Inn this March, as we traveled on Route 66 to Arizona, on the way to the Grand Canyon. We stopped for lunch, and although the food was pretty average, the history and experience was well worth the stop. (Why would you ever stop at a fast food chain if you have the opportunity to actually take in some local color?) The service was great, the staff friendly. And the restaurant was covered with Route 66 memorabilia, as well as trinkets detailing the history of the Summit Inn. Sadly, that's all gone now.
Meanwhile, the "Blue Cut" fire has destroyed countless homes, and forced 80,000 residents to flee. The 15 freeway is shut down in the Cajon Pass, cutting off the main freeway between L.A. and Las Vegas.
Here are a few pics I snapped while dining at the Summit Inn: