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Roadside Attractions

Roadside Attractions - California

Here are links to some notable roadside attractions (past and present) found along Route 40.

IconMadonna of the Trail - California (Upland, CA)
"The monument is located on old U.S. Route 66, at Foothill Boulevard and Euclid Avenue, Upland, California. This monument was dedicated on February 1......"

Pioneer MemorialDonner Memorial State Park (Emigrant Trail Museum) (Truckee, CA)
"This park and museum are at one of the locations where the ill-fated Donner Party camped during the winter of 1846-47. The museum contains displays a......"

Pacific Crest TrailPacific Crest Trail - Donner Pass (newer crossing) (Truckee, CA)
"At 2,650 miles, the Pacific Crest Trail traverses three western states - Washington, Oregon and California. The various alignments of Route 40 cross ......"

Pacific Crest TrailPacific Crest Trail - Donner Pass (original crossing) (Truckee, CA)
"At 2,650 miles, the Pacific Crest Trail traverses three western states - Washington, Oregon and California. The various alignments of Route 40 cross ......"

Post OfficePost Office (Auburn, CA)
"This location is now a bank......."

Auburn Great StatuesAuburn Great Statues (Auburn, CA)
"Local dentist Kenneth Fox created this mammoth sculptures. Each is about 30-40 feet tall and are made from concrete poured on steel frames. The statu......"

Placer County CourthousePlacer County Courthouse (Auburn, CA)

Keena and Williams Grocery/Kenison BuildingKeena and Williams Grocery/Kenison Building (site) (Auburn, CA)
"This building appears to be gone. It was probably located in Old Town Auburn......."

IconOld Post Office (Auburn, CA)
"This is the oldest continuously operating post office west of the Mississippi River!......"

Herald BuildingHerald Building (site) (Auburn, CA)
"This building was razed in the 1950s when Route 40 was expanded. The Herald sign now sits in a small roadside park at the top of the hill at the inte......"

Yoshida GroceryYoshida Grocery (closed) (Loomis, CA)
"I'm not sure where this was located......."

Loomis Mutual Supply CompanyLoomis Mutual Supply Company (closed) (Loomis, CA)
"The sign on the building remains!......"

IconHarris Museum of Antique, Decorative Thermometers (closed?) (Sacramento, CA)
"This unusual museum, which featured over 600 varieties of thermometer, appears to have closed......."

IconWorld's Largest Sewing Needle (Sacramento, CA)
"Located at the Meissner Sewing and Learning Center......."

Sutter's FortSutter's Fort State Historic Park (Sacramento, CA)

State CapitolState Capitol (Sacramento, CA)

IconEl Rancho Drive In Theatre (closed) (Sacramento, CA)
"This old drive in is now the El Rancho Mobile Home Park......."

Toad TunnelToad Tunnel (Davis, CA)
"As a result of too many squished hoppers, the folks in Davis decided to give the frog population a safer way to cross a busy road. (The tunnel is actu......"

Centennial Light BulbWorld's Longest Continually Burning Lightbulb (Centennial Light) (Livermore, CA)
"Over a hundred years ago, a light bulb was installed in a fire station in Livermore, California and it has been burning continuously ever since. Well,......"

Dixie/Benny the DinosaurDixie the Dinosaur (site) (Dixon, CA)
"Dixie the Dinosaur was a 50 foot tall and 71 foot long life-sized model of a brachiosaurus. She was built by William Kreysler & Associated in Petalun......"

Nut Tree RailroadNut Tree (Vacaville, CA)

Lake Merritt and the Bellevue-State Apartment BuildingBellevue-Staten Apartments (Oakland, CA)
"Opened in 1929......."

Patty Hearst ApartmentPatty Hearst Kidnapping Scene (Berkeley, CA)
"Definitely not a tourist attraction, but worth checking out if you're into famous crime scenes. Patty and her boyfriend Steven Weed lived in this apar......"

University of California, BerkeleyUniversity of California, Berkeley (Berkeley, CA)

IconBancroft Library (Berkeley, CA)

Children's FairylandChildren's Fairyland (Oakland, CA)
"Fairy tale-themed amusement park......."

Idora ParkIdora Park (site) (Oakland, CA)
"The park was bound by 56th and 58th Streets and Telegraph and Shattuck Avenues. The site of the old amusement park is now a residential community......."

Oakland City HallCity Hall (Oakland, CA)

Neptune Park (site) (Alameda, CA)

IconWorld's Largest Baseball Glove and Coca-Cola Bottle (San Francisco, CA)
"Some claim the largest bottle of Coke is in Las Vegas, others say it is the Coca Cola Museum in Atlanta. Not true! The bottle at the PacBell Stadium b......"

Ferry BuildingFerry Building (San Francisco, CA)

San Francisco Cable CarsSan Francisco Cable Cars (San Francisco, CA)

Lotta FountainLotta's Fountain (San Francisco, CA)
"Named after Lotta Crabtree......."

Hearst BuildingHearst Building (San Francisco, CA)
"Built in 1909. Former home to the San Francisco Examiner......."

IconChinatown Gate (San Francisco, CA)

IconCity Lights Books (San Francisco, CA)

IconDefenestration (San Francisco, CA)
"A work of art created by Brian Groggin saluting the act of throwing things out of windows. Twenty-three household objects were affixed to the side of ......"

IconRichard Brautigan Apartment (San Francisco, CA)
"Writer Richard Brautigan lived in this apartment beginning in the autumn of 1956 through the following summer......."

Musée MécaniqueMusée Mécanique (San Francisco, CA)
"From their web site: "One of the largest privately owned collections of Antique coin-operated automatic mechanical musical instruments in the world. ......"

Fisherman's WharfFisherman's Wharf (San Francisco, CA)

IconAntique Vibrator Museum (San Francisco, CA)
"I won't say a word about this museum. Let your imaginations run wild and you'll probably be right......."

Tugboat Hercules at the Maritime MuseumMaritime Museum (San Francisco, CA)

Wave OrganWave Organ (San Francisco, CA)
"Developed by Peter Richards in 1986, the wave organ lets ocean waves create musical sounds. 25 PVC and concrete pipes provide the medium for the notes......"

IconPatty Hearst Arrest Location (San Francisco, CA)
"After joining forces with her SLA abductors, Patty Hearst was captured at an apartment on the second floor of this building. Like her Benvenue Avenue......"

Golden Gate ParkGolden Gate Park (San Francisco, CA)

IconPaul's Hat Works (San Francisco, CA)
"One of the few places that still makes hats on site......."

IconWestern Terminus of the Lincoln Highway (San Francisco, CA)

Palace of the Legion of HonorPalace of the Legion of Honor/Western Terminus of the Lincoln Highway (San Francisco, CA)

IconLincoln Park (San Francisco, CA)

San Francisco BeachOcean Beach (San Francisco, CA)

Sutro BathsSutro Baths (ruins) (San Francisco, CA)

Cliff HouseCliff House (San Francisco, CA)

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Last updated: 2009-09-08 04:28:09

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