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Mojave National Preserve – Barstow, CA
What? : Barstow is a
city in San Bernardino County, California, with a population of 25,000. Barstow
is located 67 miles north of San Bernardino on Highway I-15 and is used as a
major transportation hub for trains and tracks and as major pit-stop for
commuters. Coming from the west (I-15 or on highway 58 from Mojave) Barstow will
be your entry point to the large desert protected under the Mojave National
Where? : The city is located
at the intersection of Highway I-15 and I-40 and state highways 58 and 247.
When? : Winter and
spring is the time to visit this area, summer is very hot.
Due note: The town is ideally
situated for a halfway stop for people that are traveling between Los Angeles
and Las Vegas.
My thoughts: During my many
trips in this area I really stopped at Barstow, maybe just for a gas. At my last
road-trip Mojave National Preserve I was passing Barstow at night. I decided to
explore the town. I did not have a lot of time, so I decided to visit the train
station and museums building, take few pictures, and keep driving on I-15 to Baker.
At the town
center main st., you can find many tourist attractions related to the legendary
Rout 66 that cross the town.
Route 66 “Mother Road” Museum:
Located in the
historic 1911 Casa del Desierto (House of the Desert) active train station, the
Route 66 “Mother Road” Museum showcases interesting history relating to Route
66, the Mojave Desert, and the early railways activity.
At the museum you
will find a lot of information about the legendary 2,248-mile Route 66 from Vince
Beach, CA to Chicago, IL.
the parking you can find few retired train locomotives.
Mojave River Valley Museum:
The Museum is
dedicated to the preservation and promotion of the scientific, historical, and
cultural heritage of the Mojave River Valley.
Desert Discovery Center:
community education center that focuses on promoting awareness of desert life
to local-residents. 7,000 square foot facility surrounded by 12 acres of public
land located in the heart of Barstow, CA. The center houses the “Old Woman
Meteorite”, the second largest meteorite found in the United States which
weighed 6,070 pounds when discovered in 1975.
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