The Santa Monica Pier has been officially designated by civic officials as the western terminus of historic Route 66, also known as “America’s Main Street.”
Since its inception, Route 66’s precise western terminus has been in question. After years of being widely considered the unofficial western end of Route 66, the Santa Monica Pier received the official designation on the 83rd anniversary of the historic highway’s opening.
A replica of the route’s long-lost “End of the Trail” sign was unveiled Wednesday, November 11th during a ceremony sponsored by the Santa Monica Convention & Visitors Bureau, Route 66 Alliance, 66-to-Cali, Inc. and the Santa Monica Pier Restoration Corporation.
The ceremony began with a procession of 66 vintage cars and motorbikes that drove the final western tip of the highway, beginning at Santa Monica and Lincoln boulevards, and ending on the Santa Monica Pier.
The motorcade was greeted with a rally and an official ceremony featuring live music and a crowd comprised of civic officials, dignitaries, Route 66 enthusiasts, residents and tourists.