In 1935 Phillip Craig and Floyd Shaw built the Club Café. For more than fifty years, thousands of hungry Route 66 travelers would stop to enjoy a tasty home cooked meal.
In 1940, when Steinbeck’s epic novel, The Grapes of Wrath, was made into a movie, director John Ford used Santa Rosa for the memorable train scene, where Tom Joad (Henry Fonda) watches a freight train steam over the Pecos River railroad bridge, into the sunset.
In 1972, I-40 opened through Santa Rosa, and though the city remained a busy off-ramp, many of the vintage Route 66 businesses began to die. However, others continued to serve the exiting travelers of I-40, including the Club Café that survived for almost another twenty years. Finally, it too, served its last meal in 1991. The Club Café stood vacant and soon fell into disrepair with the passing of the years." (source)
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