Route 66 in the News

Museum Celebrates Route 66 Treasures

2009-02-14 17:17:47

SANTA ROSA, N. Mex. - A young museum celebrating old cars, the Route 66 Museum here just north of Interstate 40 in central New Mexico is a great stopping off spot for weary travelers.

Open seven years and owned by James Bozo Cordova, the spacious museum holds some 30 special cars, a gift shop, a refreshments area and countless memorabilia celebrating the automotive world.

"Actually, every car and truck in the museum is for sale," said Anna Cordova, who is takes charge of most aspects of the business, which is open seven days a week, year-'round.

James Cordova runs Bozo's Garage just across Route 66. Some of the customizing on vehicles in the museum is his handiwork.

A dented, bright-yellow 1950 DeSoto cab in front of the building appears to be waiting for a fare. Like the skeleton heads of longhorns, rusting car and truck bodies beside and behind the building add a certain desert charm to the site. A few are salvageable.

In the museum, a handsome, updated 1939 Plymouth coupe was driven by its British owners along Route 66 from Chicago to Santa Monica. Calif., a couple of years ago. There's a photo album with snaps to prove it.

There are muscle cars, hot trucks, finned '50s specials, an aftermarket Mercedes-Benz Gazelle and an elegant-appearing 1931 Auburn red-on-black sedan.

The Route 66 museum has something for everyone -- even those with only a mild interest in cars. And surely one day a buyer for that dented DeSoto cab will show up and be delighted with the discovery.

The museum is just off exit 277 of Interstate 40 in New Mexico.

~Jenny King, Special to The Detroit News


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