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    Calico ghost town

    by davesut Written Feb 5, 2014
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    Calico Ghost Town close to Barstow is a former mining village that is maintained in a manner that reflects its heydey as a mining centre. It's owned by the same people as Knott's Berry Farm who wanted to preserve the identity of the place although it's not got a theme park feel. We arrived around 10:30am and it was fairly quiet although after a while the buses of tourists came flooding in. Having parked up you then walk uphill through the old villlage stopping a various buildings - saloons, old jail, post office, home dwellings - to give a feel of what it was like. I will tell you one thing, at least the sun wasn't out, it was hot and thirsty work, how they managed to do the hard graft of mining up there is beyond me. Different times in those days, no mod cons and it must have been a tough existence. The town works its way up the hill to some good views. I'd suggest 2 hours is plenty for a visit here although stretched to 3 with lots of rests would not be difficult. The good news is that it's all downhill on the way back to the car park, phew. Snacks and drinks available at a few of saloon bars.

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    Skyline Drive-In

    by Yaqui Updated Dec 2, 2012

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    I truly miss the drive-ins. So I was so excited in seeing how my boys would react to one and they loved it. They sat outside in lawn chairs snacking away. It was a great evening and we certainly enjoyed the shows. You get to see a double movie and this drive-in has two screens, which is cool. The snack bar was very retro to the era and very clean. The bathrooms were still echoing the era too...lol...just with a new coat of paint, but they were clean too.

    2006 PRICING: $6 ages 12 and over, $2 ages 2-11 (prices may change)

    The box office opens at 6:30 pm. The show starts at 7:00 pm.

    A TIP: Bring an extra portable radio for the kiddies who sit outside so you don't have to have your car radio cranked so they can hear the movie.

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    Old Iron Barstow Rail Bridge

    by Yaqui Updated Dec 2, 2012

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    I surmise this bridge was constructed around the turn of the century when the automobile came into play. There is not much history out there the tells about this bridge other than I think was built when services were needed to connect main street to the Harvey House rebuilt in 1911. So you can imagine how very old it is and still to this day connects the city to the other side of the tracks. It has a walking area fenced from the road, but still not an ideal bridge to walk on, other than to catch a look at the trains as they come and go from above, but a wonderful spot to take photographs of the trains and the Harvey House.

    So, be carefule please with traffic, because they do wiz by way too fast and not abiding the speed limit posted on this road!

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    Back to the silver rush

    by floche2001 Written Aug 3, 2010
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    We had the plesure to visit Calico Ghosttown in July '10/ Yhough the temperature was very high, it was a real pleasure for us and the kids to go back in times of the silver rush. Calico is located just 10 miles out of Barstow, heading north.

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    Main Street Murals

    by Yaqui Updated Nov 14, 2007

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    What can I say...Murals Rock! Murals are so much part of the mystic of our Americana society. They are just beautiful pieces of just a climpse of our history. Barstow stepped up to the plate by being part of this wonderful part of California history and enhancing the charm of their wonderful Main Street. They all are located in the wonderful historic downtown area on Barstow's Main Street. Printer yourself a map from the site below.

    Mural #1
    The first mural painted (1998) "The Old National Trails Highway and it’s transition into Route 66, the Mother Road”.

    Mural #2
    The second (2000) “General Beale uses camels”

    Mural #3
    The third (2003) ”Three Million Dollar Harvey House”

    Mural #4
    The fourth (2004) “Waterman Junction becomes Barstow”

    Mural #5
    The fifth (2005) “The Mormon Trail”.

    Mural #6
    The sixth (2005) of 6 individual portraits of “The Early Explorers”

    Mural #7
    The seventh (2006) “The Californian Gold Rush”

    Mural #8
    (2007) "The Old Spanish Trail of 1829 – 1848."

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    Old Woman Springs Meterorite

    by Yaqui Updated Nov 14, 2007

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    This facility houses the second largest meterorite in the US. It weighs 6,070 pounds (2,750 kg) and composes mostly of iron, about 6% nickel, plus small amounts of cobalt, phosphorus, chromium, and sulphur. Barstow is so lucky to have such a rare item, since it is on loan from the Smithsonian Institute, Washington, D.C. This facility also enhances by teaching children the importance Geology with on hands tours. Plus, it has a neat little trails around the building with many examples of desert fauna you will find in the Mojave Desert.
    Open
    Tuesday through Saturday
    11am to 4pm

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    Mojave River Valley Museum

    by Yaqui Updated Nov 14, 2007

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    This museum has loads of wonderful exhibits and artifacts of the history of the Mojave River Valley and when Father Garces ventured through here in 1776. It encludes other pathfinders, pioneers, miners, railroads and so much more. A huge historical collection of photo's. Plus, there is a wonderrful area outside with lots of different items to see!

    Open everyday except Christmas
    Admission is Free!
    11am-4pm

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    Casa Del Desierto- aka Harvey House 1911

    by Yaqui Updated Nov 14, 2007

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    Growing up during much simplier times, watching TV all day on Saturday was relaxing. My sisters and myself were very active in sports, so it was always nice to just watch TV all day once in awhile. One of our favorites was Judy Garland musicals and the Harvey Girls is a classic. My mom remembers the Harvey Houses and the Harvey Girls, so these old movies are a wonderful reminder of our past. So, when I discovered Barstow had one, it was on my immediate things to do list. Finally, once my life was somewhat settled, the family ventured out to check it out. What a lovely building it is and I am thankful Barstowed saved her. If you browse the Harvey web site below, you'll see she is one of the prettiest Harvey Houses still standing. So if your every passing thru Barstow, please stop and see what she has to offer.

    The Harvey House that was rebuilt in 1911 after the original 1887 building burned down in 1902. It still stands along the rail road to the testament of a once bygone era providing passengers with rest, food, and company. They almost lost this building, but some frisky saviors saw fit to save her and she is truly a beautiful building. It is being lovingly restored and utilized by the city of Barstow and houses their chamber of commerce, Route 66 Museum and the Western America Railroad Museum.

    Harvey House Depot #75000458

    Historical Landmark No. 892.

    Check out my travelogue for more photographs.

    Fred Harvey

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    Barstow's Route 66 Mother Road Musuem

    by Yaqui Updated Nov 14, 2007

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    This is one of the neatest Route 66 museums and gift shop! It is actually located in a section of the Historic Harvey House. It is filled with all sorts of memorabilia donated by locals who span from all the local communities outside of Barstow and remember the days of old Route 66. Plus, they have a wonderful gift with all sorts of Route 66 items to see. I bought a neat flip book illustrating the different sections to check out along Route 66. So, if your ever passing by, please stop and check out what they have to offer.

    Hours:
    Friday - Sunday
    10am-4pm
    Winter Hours:
    11am-4pm
    Free Admission
    Group Tours available
    Check for holidays hours may vary.

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    Western America Railroad Museum

    by Yaqui Updated Nov 14, 2007

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    This is a really neat museums that has lots of wonderful artifacts that inform and educate the history of the Western American Railroad. Plus, it is located in a section of the historic Harvey House. It has several rooms of railroad equipment, artifacts, memormabilla, date nails and the main gallery. It has even a neat little gift shop. So please check it out sometime.

    Open to Public
    11am - 4pm,
    Friday, Saturday & Sunday

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    Calico Ghost Town

    by meteorologist1 Written Jan 1, 2005

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    The Calico Ghost Town is located just outside of Barstow in the Mojave Desert. The town was founded in March 1881, and it grew to a population of 1,200 with 22 saloons and more than 500 mines. Silver and then later borates were mined here. The admission to the town is $6.95 for adults, but there is a $1 off coupon on their brochure which you can get at welcome centers, hotel lobbies, or restaurant entrances.

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  • Fred Harvey: Casa Del Desierto

    by Echo_29 Written Oct 20, 2003

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    Casa Del Desierto

    Santa Fe's Barstow Station built in 1911 houses the Western America Rail Museum and the Mother Road Museum, a museum dedicated to Route 66.

    Both museums are open to public 11am - 4pm, Friday, Saturday & Sunday

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    A Ghost Town

    by spartan Written Feb 25, 2003

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    In the 1800s, Calico was a bustling silver town. Walter Knott (founder of Knott's Berry Farm in Orange County) provided the money to restore this old mining camp, now a San Bernardino County regional park. Contained within a picturesque canyon, Calico boasts wooden sidewalks, shops, restaurants, and tunnels to be explored in Maggie's Mine. A railroad car takes visitors to mine workings north of the ghost town.

    There's a modern campground and RV park, with 110 sites and hookups, in a wooded canyon near Calico. The town is open every day except Christmas, and parking costs $4.00. There are special festival-style events on Palm Sunday weekend, and on Mother's Day weekend -- a musical celebration. Columbia Day, in October features a Wild West parade and gunfights, and on the first weekend in November, there's an Old Westy celebration and Indiian fine arts show.

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    AMBOY CRATER. This...

    by Routeman Written Feb 25, 2003

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    AMBOY CRATER. This 250-feet-high crater is approximetely 6.000 years old and one of the best examples in the Mojave Desert of a volcanic cinder cone. A footpath leads to the top of the cone where you can get a good view of the surrounding area. The hike to the crater and back can take 2-3 hours. Late january through march are good times to see the wildflowers.

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    Take a look out your rear view...wow a sunset!

    by lucythedog Written Nov 6, 2003

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    wow its barstow!!

    Not much to talk about in Barstow but the sunsets are pretty nice and its worth a stop too pee and check it out

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