Santa Monica in Los Angeles County, California — The American West (Pacific Coastal)
Will Rogers Highway
Humorist - World Traveler - Good Neighbor
This Main Street of America
was the first road he traveled in
a career that led him straight to
the hearts of his countrymen.
[Second smaller marker]
California Presidents Club
Finis corona opus [The end crowns the work]
In Memory of Departed Members
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Notable Places • Roads & Vehicles. In addition, it is included in the U.S. Route 66 series list.
Location. 34° 0.835′ N, 118° 29.897′ W. Marker is in Santa Monica, California, in Los Angeles County. Marker is at the intersection of Ocean Avenue and Santa Monica Boulevard, on the right when traveling east on Ocean Avenue. Marker is located in Palisades Park. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 1398 Ocean Avenue, Santa Monica CA 90401, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Rapp’s Saloon (about 600 feet away, measured in a direct The Santa Monica Pier Carousel (approx. 0.3 miles away); Santa Monica Pier (approx. 0.3 miles away); John P. Jones Monument (approx. 0.3 miles away); The Discovery of Santa Monica (approx. 0.4 miles away); “Trees of Santa Monica” (approx. 0.4 miles away); World’s First Flying Automobile (approx. 0.4 miles away); City Hall (approx. 0.4 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Santa Monica.
Regarding Will Rogers Highway. This marker was placed here in 1952 to promote the Warner Brothers film "The Will Rogers Story". The U.S. 66 Highway Associaton and Ford Motor Company also took part in the promotion, and a caravan drove along Route 66 from St. Louis to Santa Monica placing markers at each state line. They chose this spot, which is not the exact end of Route 66, but a kind of "state line" next to the Pacific Ocean, to place the final marker. The actual end is at Olympic and Lincoln, where a new marker has recently been placed.
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Credits. This page was last revised on July 5, 2018. It was originally submitted on January 25, 2012, by Michael Kindig of Long Beach, California. This page has been viewed 762 times since then and 28 times this year. Last updated on July 3, 2018, by Craig Baker of Sylmar, California. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on July 3, 2018, by Craig Baker of Sylmar, California. 3, 4. submitted on January 25, 2012, by Michael Kindig of Long Beach, California. 5. submitted on February 17, 2015, by J. Makali Bruton of Querétaro, Mexico. 6. submitted on June 25, 2018, by Craig Baker of Sylmar, California. • Syd Whittle was the editor who published this page.