San Bernardino County
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The town of Amboy and the famous Roy's Café are well known to travelers on old Route 66. The town has been in existence since the late 1800s and served as a railroad depot as well as a rest for stop for travelers. In the late 1940s and early 1950s the town had as many as three service stations, at least two cafes and a motor court and supported a permanent population of about 150 people. Amboy volcanic crater 3 miles southwest of town is a conspicuous landmark. Amboy is purported to be the only town in the United States that still has drinking water delivered by rail cars.
There are about 47 graves at Amboy Cemetery inside the perimeter fence and 8 graves outside of the fence. The cemetery is well maintained and in good condition. There is a flagpole flying a faded U.S. flag in the southwest corner. There are no stone markers in the cemetery, all of the markers are wooden crosses. Most of the crosses are standing upright, the mounds over several of the graves are neatly covered with stones, and some graves are ringed by bricks and stone borders. It appears that few of the crosses bore any inscriptions. Two of the crosses on the north side of the cemetery have tin plates nailed to the crosses with inscriptions in Spanish which are listed below.
Interviews with former residents of Amboy have confirmed that two infants named Anthony Montiel and Bertha Montiel are among those buried in the cemetery, but the exact location of their burial sites cannot be established as most of the wooden crosses do not bear inscriptions.