Fanny Gould Chambless

Chambless Service Station, Cadiz, CA. Courtesy of Pomona Public Library, Online Archive of California.

Chambless Service Station, Cadiz, CA. Courtesy of Pomona Public Library, Online Archive of California.

The Chambless family fled Arkansas in the late 1920s and homesteaded 160 acres in the Mojave, mining and setting up a roadside business that had cabins, a cafe, gas & service station and grocery.  For people traveling through the Mojave, service stations like Chambless Camp were a lifeline.  Cars frequently broke down and it could take several days for new parts to arrive.  Fannie Gould Chambless who married James Chambless in the 1930s made the camp much more hospitable by adding a rose garden and fish pond.  She also served gallons of lemonade to soldiers and their families who were passing through the desert during World War II, when Route 66 became a main defense corridor.

For more information:

Along Route 66 on Amazon

Along Route 66 Blog – Chambless Camp, Cadiz, California

National Park Service – Route 66 Overview

 

 

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