Location / Name:
Barstow CA, San Bernardino County
BNSF Barstow Yard
Western America RR Museum
Route 66 "Mother Road" Museum
M60 Tank Display
the Desert Lighthouse (in nearby Hinkley)
GPS Coordinates: as needed
Phone A/C: 760
Population: 25,415 / 2020 census
Access by train/transit:
What a great place to stop at, especially if you're traveling between Las
Vegas and Los Angeles.
The former ATSF Harvey House station, now houses the Amtrak station, the
Western America RR Museum, the Route 66 Mother Road Museum, and local
Amtrak's Southwest Chief stops in Barstow, which runs between Chicago and
Los Angeles, but, trains are not scheduled in daylight hours :-(
BNSF has a substantial yard, which I first visited in 1970, when they had a
long line of "alligator" ALCO's on a scrap line sitting next to the road.
In addition, there is an M60 tank on display, a desert lighthouse in
neighboring Hinkley, a drive-in theatre with two screens, plenty of natural
sights in the desert to take in, and the original Del Taco stand in
neighboring Nebo, altho it is technically Tita"s Burger Den.
Militarily, Barstow has the Marine Corps Logistics Base Barstow -- a United
States Marine Corps supply and maintenance installation located in the
Mojave Desert east of Barstow. Additionally, the Army's Fort Irwin is located in
the western Mojave Desert midway between Las Vegas and Los Angeles,
approximately 37 miles northeast of Barstow. From militarybase.com:
Marine Corps Logistics Base Barstow is located in the immediate proximity –
only 6 kilometers – of the city with the same name, in the southern part of
California. The installation is run by the United States Marine Corps. It
is better known among the officials for the Logistics Bases’ Maintenance
Center. There are only two such facilities in the United States of America
and this is one of them. The other one is in Albany, Georgia. The two bases
are almost identical in build, mission and objectives. The location is
extremely useful for the base, since it is at the intersection of three
different highways, close to the most important rail traffic hub and near
an airport. It is also the largest and most important single employer in the area.
So let's get busy!.....
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Open Railway Map
Exit 183 off of I-15 looks like your best bet to get to the railroad museum
and the Amtrak station. Then take Barstow Rd north almost a mile.
Take a left when you can't go any further at National Trails Highway.
Take a left onto NTH, and then a right onto N 1st Ave (3 blocks), which will
take you to the station.
GPS Coordinates: 34.90487, -117.02473
685 North 1st Ave, Barstow CA 92311
Station code: BAR
From Wikipedia: the Barstow Harvey House, also known as Harvey House Railroad
Depot and Barstow station, is a historic building in Barstow, California. Originally
built in 1911 as Casa del Desierto, a Harvey House hotel and Santa Fe Railroad depot,
it currently serves as an Amtrak station and government building housing city offices,
the Barstow Chamber of Commerce and Visitor Center, and two museums.
The Casa del Desierto station and hotel was built in 1911 by the Atchison, Topeka and
Santa Fe Railway to replace an earlier one built in 1885 that burned in 1908. The Santa
Fe closed the station in 1973. It became derelict until bought by the City of Barstow,
and rebuilt following heavy damage in a 1992 earthquake. Francis W. Wilson is the
architect credited by the Historic American Buildings Survey of the National Park
Service. end Wiki
the Western America Railroad Museum
GPS Coordinates: 34.90491, -117.02443
685 N 1st Ave, Barstow CA 92311
Opens on the weekends starting with Friday
Nostalgic museum showcasing historic train cars & memorabilia of the Pacific Southwest railways.
The main part of the museum is in the Harvey House station building with
Amtrak and the Mother Road Museum.
From Wikipedia: The Western America Railroad Museum is a railroad museum
located in Barstow CA. The museum collects, preserves and shares the history of
railroading in the Pacific Southwest. It is located on the east side of the
Harvey House Railroad Depot and is operated by a non-profit organization.
It houses displays inside the depot and has indoor displays of railroad artifacts,
artwork, timetables, uniforms, tools and various other types of railroad items.
There are also outdoor displays of rolling stock, locomotives and general railroad
operating equipment. The museum also houses Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Railway
#1460, also known as the “Beep”, and Union Pacific EMD SD40-2 #9950. end Wiki
photo by Doug Wertman
BNSF Barstow Yard
GPS Coordinates: 34.89709, -117.05373 (hump tower of larger yard)
The main yard is 3.1 miles long, the eastern part of the yard is 1.5
miles long, giving the yard of total length of 4.6 miles!
There is a wye at the western end, maintenance shops, an EB receiving yard
with a hump on the far side of it, a loop on the eastern side of the
locomotive maintenance facility among a whole host of other "things".
In the map section above is the layout of the yard.
There is only one road crossing the yard, and it crosses the "eastern yard":
North 1st Avenue. There is a sidewalk on the eastern side of the bridge.
M60 Tank Display
GPS Coordinates: 34.86791, -117.02641
the Route 66 "Mother Road" Museum
GPS Coordinates: 34.90494, -117.02505
The Route 66 "Mother Road" Museum was dedicated on July 4, 2000 in the historic Casa
del Desierto, Harvey House, in Barstow, California. The Museum displays a collection
of historic photographs and artifacts related to Route 66 and the Mojave Desert Communities.
Displays include development of the United States Route 66 from early pioneer trails,
railroads, automotive history, businesses and sites.
Visitors making this roadside attraction a day destination or staying in the area
longer can learn more about what to experience while on the Mojave Desert or on
Route 66 from many handouts, books and knowledgeable docents. Because of greater
interest, our technical resources and preservation efforts are building to offer
On May 1, 2003 Hampton Inn Hotels designated the Harvey House Route 66 Mother Road
Museum as a "Roadside Attraction" by officially posting a sign, one of "66" along
the Route's 2,448 miles.
During the heyday of rail passenger service in the Western United States, Barstow
boasted a splendid rail depot/restaurant/hotel complex called the "Casa del Desierto",
House of the Desert. Completed in 1911, the Casa del Desierto was the fourth "Harvey
House" built by the Atchinson, Topeka, and the Santa Fe Railway Company along its
right-of-way and operated by the Fred Harvey Company. These Harvey Houses
established an unparalleled standard of food service to the traveler, and entered
the lore of American railroading and the West. (from their website)
Calico Ghost Town
GPS Coordinates: 34.94513, -116.86294
Calico was abandoned in the mid-1890s. Ten years previously it had hit its
peak as a silver mining town. Today, Calico Ghost Town Regional Park stands
as a testament to the old west. In the 1950s, developer Walter Knott (who
had just created Knott’s Berry Farm) purchased the land and kept the five
original buildings in town while building false façades for the rest. Not
everything is abandoned tho, as there are small business' set up in some of the buildings.
It's about 10 miles NE of the train station. Directions: Exit 191 from
I-15 if you're coming from the west and go north on Ghost Town Road.
Or, exit 194 if you're coming from the east, and go north on Calico Road,
They will meet up just south of the town, but Ghost Town Road continues on
north to the town.
photo by Nicely, via Wikipedia
Skyline Drive-in Theatre
GPS Coordinates: 34.91280, -116.98387
Not that drive-in theaters are all that rare, this one apparently has a nice
overlooking view of Barstow lit up at night!
Original "Del Taco" Location
GPS Coordinates: 34.90513, -116.82128
38434 W Yermo Rd, Yermo CA 92398
It's about 11-1/2 miles due east from the train station in Barstow.
It is now Tita's Burger Den.
by Christy Haines-Thrasher via Pinterest
GPS Coordinates: 34.95742, -117.21278
Built in 2017 by artist Daniel Hawkins, this wayward construction
stands over 50 feet tall and is fully functioning. The light creates
"a beacon in a sea of sand". The lighthouse was built over a ten
year period thanks to local contractors. To visit the lighthouse,
you need to drive down Brook Canyon Road outside of the town of
Hinkley and then hike a half mile.
None seen other than "rain culverts".... With that said, let's dive into cool
1st Avenue bridge that crosses the BNSF, which, if we imagine (and it
doesn't take much), this could just as easily be a railroad bridge! If
you are at all familiar with Minneapolis, you'll remember there used to be a
very similar bridge crossing Northtown Yard at the south end, at Saint
GPS Coordinates: 34.90342, -117.02720
And for comparison purposes, a couple oft the bridge at Northtown (not exact, I just said -close-).....
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