Barstow Off The Beaten Path

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    "The Main Street of America," Route 66

    by Yaqui Updated Nov 15, 2007

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    Lovely street
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    As with every main street in America, it is always fun to stroll along the street to see what it has to offer. Barstow has a lovely main street with little businesses lining up and down the street trying to keep Route 66 alive. Their are homeless strolling about, but they kept to themselves and say a prayer for them.

    There are lots of hotels and motels, new and old that line the street. Some are run down, while others have found a new coat of paint. Lots of restaurants, businesses, and some shops. I suggest getting here in the morning and just take your time from there. We enjoyed checking out everything. You never know what you'll find on a Main Street:-)

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    Train Park - Harvey House

    by Yaqui Updated Nov 15, 2007

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    This is located just outside the Harvey House and has some other really neat historic trains to see. Has a lovely little garden to enjoy and relax in too!

    681 N. First Avenue, Barstow, CA. 92311
    Directions: Take I-15 north to Barstow, exit "L" Street, left at the end of the off-ramp to "L" Street, right on West Main Street (Route 66!), follow West to First Avenue, turn left on First Avenue. Once you hit the beautiful Iron Bridge you cannot miss it!

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    Rotary Centennial Park

    by Yaqui Updated Nov 15, 2007

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    Cool little park
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    This is a really cool little park. Has some educational artifacts pertaining to the mining days, military and Barstows train history. My boys love trains and loved being able to climb aboard a real historic caboose. They just played and pretended being train conductors. It was fun watching them having a good time.

    Located near Interstate 15 exit, Barstow Rd. and Virginia Way, Mojave River Valley Museum, Firestation Memorial Helmet and Dana Park.

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    Fire Helmet Memorial to 343 Firemen Lost

    by Yaqui Updated Nov 15, 2007

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    Awesome!
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    I thought this was really neat and caught my eye as we were headed to the Mojave Rver Valley Musuem. We just had to check it out. I thought it was a wonderful memorial and reminder of how many lives we lost and how many families were affected by 9-11.

    Located near Interstate 15 exit, Centennial Park, Dana Park and Mojave River Valley Museum.

    861 Barstow Rd, Barstow.

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    Dana Park - A place to relax

    by Yaqui Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    Did I tire my boys out...lol!

    We went across the street to lay in the grass and relax some. I had been running the family every where and they were somewhat tuckered out...lol! Youth...go firgure!
    Located near I-15 exit, Centennial Park, Fire Station/Memorial Helmet, across from the Mojave River Valley Museum.

    850 Barstow Road
    Dana Park Community Building Hours:
    Monday-Friday, 8:00 am to 5:00 pm

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  • Solar Array

    by Echo_29 Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    Harper Dry Lake Solar Array

    This place is quite amazing! Apparently this site is featured in the film Gattica.

    From the CLUI site: This is the largest, in output, commercial solar power plant in the world, generating around 160 megawatts at its peak. It is one of three separately owned sites within 40 miles of one another, that make up the nine solar fields in the Solar Electric Generating System (SEGS). Harper Lake was the last of these built, and is designated as SEGS 8 and 9. Together the facilities can generate about 354 megawatts at peak output, comprising mostof the commercial solar power currently produced worldwide. These solar facilities are referred to as "advantageous peak facilities", as they operate at their peak when it is sunniest, which is also when local power requirements are greatest, due to increased air conditioning demand. The facilities regulate their power supply through the use of supplemental natural gas fueled electric generating plants. This plant was built on top of the remains of the aircraft R&D area at Harper Lake, which included facilities owned by Howard Hughes, and Northrop, which tested flying wing aircraft out of Harper Lake. Also on the grounds of the Solar Plant (and razed for the construction of the plant) is the site of much of the town of Lockhart, which was known for its beef cattle industry.

    Visitation Information: Not open to the public, but the fenced-off arrays are visible from public roads. Located on the south west edge of Harper Dry Lake, at the end of Harper Lake Road, a few miles north of Route 58. Ruins of ranches surround the plant, and on the north-west side of the plant is a ruin of an additional solar plant that was never finished.

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  • Hawes Auxiliary Field Tower Site

    by Echo_29 Written Oct 20, 2003

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    From the CLUI website: Hawes Auxiliary Field is a former World War II training field. The land at the southern half of the airfield remains in military hands, largely because of contamination from diesel fuel used for the generators at the site, and other as-yet-to-becleaned-up remains. Equipment including a 1,226 foot tall tower at the site was used for low frequency communications by the Strategic Air Command, from the 1960's to the 1980's (the site was part of the military's SLFCS and GWEN emergency communication networks). When the tower was torn down in the mid 1980's, the lower half of the tower fell sideways and the top half of the tower collapsed onto the bunker. Until recently, portions of the top half of the tower could be seen protruding from the two foot thick concrete roof of the bunker. The remains of the tower have been salvaged. A two-story underground bunker at the former base of the antenna lies open and exposed to scavengers. Inside are the remnants of three twelve foot long diesel generators (though the facility was on the commercial power grid it also had significant electrical generation capabilities), copper-lined equipment rooms, and administrative offices. Next to the earth-covered bunker are several large underground fuel tanks, the remains of support structures (including the guard house platform), many guy wire footings from the tower, and the overgrown runway.

    East of Barstow off of highway 58...look for the bump to the south. This place is a toxic mess inside use caution when entering!

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  • Hawes Auxiliary Field Tower Underground Bunker

    by Echo_29 Written Oct 21, 2003

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    Inside the bunker

    This shot is inside the bunker on the first level. From here passages lead in every direction past the large diesel generators and to a staircase that leads deep into the bowels of this place. The inside of the entire place has been burned by a very hot fire that has scorched everything and one must assume that asbestos dust and other toxic particulates are everywhere, yum! This place is ALOT scarier than Tito's Ammunition Tunnels on Vis!

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