Summit Inn, historic piece of Route 66 Americana, destroyed in California Blue Cut fire

Southern California's Summit Inn has burned down
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If you've never been to the Summit Inn, a roadside diner and gas station in Southern California's Cajon Pass that dates back to the heyday of Route 66, you've missed your chance. All that's left of the historic diner now is the sign, American flag, and Chevron sign, after the fast-moving Blue Cut fire razed the building on Tuesday. The Summit Inn, built in 1952, was a favorite stop of drivers heading to or from San Bernardino and the high desert, or anywhere in Southern California to Las Vegas. Interstate 15 took over when Route 66 faded away, and the inn survived. The diner had red booths, a jukebox, and walls covered in Americana and photos of celebrities who stopped in (Elvis Presley, John Wayne, Clint Eastwood).

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