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Following either Route 66 or I-40, you reach the apex of the western Mojave Desert,Barstow (pop. 22,639,). Long a key crossing for major roads and railroads, Barstow essentially began in 1886 after a local post office named for Waterman Junction changed its name to Barstow. However, the area had been a settlement for decades prior to that, due to its location in the "Mormon Corridor", which stretches from southern California up through Utah and into Wyoming. Bottom line is, Barstow is along a lot of busy corridors — and has been for a long, long time.
Today, Barstow is supported by transportation and travel services, some mining that still exists, and the nearby Fort Irwin Military Reservation, which is the national training center for the U.S. Army, as well as the Marine Corps Logistics Base Barstow… so one could easily say this is a military town.
Route 66 serves as Main Street, heading through downtown Barstow. It's well-marked and businesses a'plenty line the street, although few are historical in nature. Barstow is a major stop on I-15, since this is about the halfway point between Los Angeles and Las Vegas. An interesting fast-food stop popular with travelers is Barstow Station (1611 E. Main Street, 760-256-0366), with is basically a McDonald's, a Panda Express, a Popeye's and a subs and ice cream shop but with a twist: part of the seating includes booths in rail cars. And yes, there's also a gift shop. Could they resist?
Trivia: The fast-food restaurant Del Taco was founded in Nearby Yermo and the oldest franchise is on 401 N. First Street.
Being a major railroad town, Barstow became home to the Harvey House Railroad Depot (685 N. 1stStreet), known as the Casa del Desierto - its original name, is a former Fred HarveyHarvey House and still stands as a majestic structure alongside railroad tracks that are among the busiest in the nation. The building still functions as an unstaffed Amtrak passenger station and houses Barstow city offices and two museums: the Western American Railroad Museum and the Barstow Route 66 "Mother Road" Museum. To get to the Depot, follow First Street north from Route 66, past the Del Taco and over a bridge that spans the railroad tracks; the Depot is on the "other side of the tracks."
If a drive-in movie sounds about right by the time you get here, check out the Skyline Drive-In (31175 Hwy 58, 760-256-3333) along Highway 58 on Barstow's west side. It has two screens which both show two movies a night.
We are big fans of Route 66. It's been some 30 years since we have brought this wonderful property back to life on the wonderful Route 66 Mother Road. With a property like this, it requires a lot of hard work and time. But if you love what you do, you pour your heart into it. And that is what we have done.
Be sure to stop by and visit with us. We would love to have you!
World-Famous Route 66 Classic Motel in the heart of Barstow, California.