As with most Chamber of Commerces, they are a wonderful wealth of information while seeking out new adventures while traveling. I was glad to see them in a section of the beautiful Harvey House building.
681 N 1st Ave
Barstow, Ca 92311
Barstow Chamber of Commerce
Fondest memory: The Mojave Road is a famous trail that brought American pioneers to California. This trail through the Mojave Desert stretches for 138 miles and is said to be in much the same condition as the pioneers would have found it. This sign in the picture was taken at a rest area along Interstate 15 near Barstow.
Favorite thing: NEEDLES was founded in 1883. It was one of the oldest living communities on the Colorado River, rich in history and promise for the future. The growth of Needles has been influenced by the river, Santa Fe Railroad, Route 66, the Fort Mojave Indians and perhaps most of all by the climate.
Favorite thing: NEEDLES offer your choice of service stations, motels, restaurants, grocery stores, hardware store, drug stores, 'specialty shops', automotive parts stores, two marina parks, and an aquatic center with a water slide for the summer months.
Favorite thing: GOFFS schoolhouse is a one-room, mission-style school built in 1914. It is located in the eastern Mojave Desert near. Throughout its long history, the structure has served as a school, a branch of the county library and was also used as a comminity center where dances were held.
Favorite thing: A railway town since its founding, BARSTOW is now a city of 60.000 people. In 1888, the Santa Fe Railroad arrived in town and a splendid station was built in the middle of the Mojave Desert. The town was named after the president of the Santa Fe, William Barstow Strong, and it soon became a service center for the gold and silver mines that surrounded the community. The city of Barstow is the mid-point between Los Angeles, California and Las Vegas, Nevada. Conveniently located on the intersection of interstates 15 and 40, as well as highway 58 and 247, Barstow provides optimal access to Southern California as well as Arizona, Nevada and Utah.
Favorite thing: California. State flag & facts. STATE NICKNAME: The Golden State, STATE CAPITOL: Sacramento, STATE SONG: 'I love you, California', STATE ADMITTED: 1850, 31st State.
Favorite thing: OATMAN named after a woman who was captured and later released by the Mohave Indians, Oatman is still going strong today. Strike After strike kept Oatman alive, the biggest seems to be the 1915 strike of $14 million. The town has its own paper, the Oatman Miner. The population of Oatman went from a few hundred to over 3500 within a year which lead to long waits at the restaurants. In 1921, a fire burned much of Oatman, but the town was rebuilt. Mining was somewhat sporadic through the next forty years, and oatman still survives today.
Favorite thing: The town of GOLDEN SHORES sets just north of interstate 40 on Historic Route 66 next to the Topock Marsh, which is the original Colorado River.
Favorite thing: The Topock Marsh is maintainted by both Arizona and U.S. Departments of Wildlife. The Marsh is great for fishing and hunting and makes a beautiful view.
Favorite thing: NEWBERRY SPRINGS postoffice. Newberry Springs was fouded in 1911, it was named Water and for years before that, was recognized as the first water point for wagon trains west of the Colorado River.