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These are not as obscure as I anticipated when I stumbled on this picture. Lots of color images online of the beasts in various stages of undress and display. Anyway, here’s a bunch at the same place and the same time.

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Someone is currently restoring one in whatever country this language is spoken:

http://www.classicmotor.se/artiklar/artiklar/20180214/futurliner-nr-8-tar-ny-fart/

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There used to be one I would pass in Sherman Oaks, whose owner painstakingly restored it over several years. I think I posted about it somewhere on here quite a while ago. They’re quite awesome to see in person. 

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A friend just happened to send me this along with some other vintage car shots. Taken somewhere on Route 66, most likely near San Bernardino. Hopefully someone will recognize the setting.

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From what I can find online, CA Route 18 would place it in San Bernardino, but an hour of scouring the historic Route 66 on Google Earth hasn't turned up a park on the south side of the road like this. 

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A black and white copy of the exact same image, a little less cropped, and dated 1956 on this page:

https://www.hemmings.com/blog/2016/12/29/san-bernardino-california-1956/

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http://www.futurliner.com/pop.htm

Shows 1953-1956 Futurliner tour stops.

City                                Stop#     Arrival Date      Hotels                   Show Site

San Bernardino, CA;    128;        Feb 7, 1956;    Calif. & Anites;     Orange Show Gds

Since the sign says BUSINESS Route 66, this may be some street other than 5th, which is listed everywhere today as historic route 66. In many cities, the route 66 alignment changed two or three times over the years. I also note that no recognizable vestige of downtown San Bernardino as shown on old postcards seems to exist - mostly covered by government buildings and parking lots. This has me wondering if the park shown is Meadowbrook Park on 3rd street. This park is bordered on the east by Sierra Way, a north/south street that seems to be the historic north and east bound routes 66 and CA 18, from what I can find.

I just found that E street has Rte 66 painted on the pavement in front of the first McDonald's museum; but searching up and down E street shows no likely location for the photo. Again, could have been razed and rebuilt.

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Link to wiki? Is the first column miles from the Pacific Ocean?

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Wayne, haha. Thanks for the heads up on that. I didn't think about it, I tend to live in the wiki for routes. I don't know why.

Just updated the post to include the link.

The first column is miles, the second is kilometers, from the ocean.

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This site has turn-by-turn driving directions:

https://www.historic66.com/california/det-ca3.php

 

I notice Plaza Park at 7th and Mount Vernon has a Route 66 Roadside Attraction sign, but it doesn't look like it's the place in the photo.

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