By the time I arrived in San Jon, I found myself in the middle of a fierce windstorm, with gusts topping 50 miles an hour. The wind was so strong, I took most of these pictures from inside the car–partially because I could barely push my door open.
Route 66 is the main east/west street through San Jon, running parallel to, and just a few blocks south of, Interstate 40.
That same day, just up I-40, a famous landmark sign at Clines Corners came crashing down on a car in the parking lot, due to the winds. The sign has now been replaced, but as of 2010, you can still see a picture of it on ClinesCorners.com
San Jon hasn’t quite achieved ghost town status, yet. A few businesses remain open (I believe this EAT restaurant was one of them), and there’s a high school in the middle of town that’s still in use.
But for the most part, San Jon’s streets are lined with empty buildings…
… which are often beautifully painted…
… with reminders of the better days.
On the west end of town, you’ll find a rusting sign with broken neon in front of the old Western Motel. Needless to say, this business folded long ago. There is, however, one motel, a few blocks away, that is still open.
San Jon is pronounced “San Hone”.
Note: This trip was first published in 2008.