I have lived in this area for a very long time and passed by this area while traveling along Hwy 58/395 and we finally made the time to stop and check it out. Sometimes places like these are either hit or miss. We walked into the tiny dinning area, but it was clean and comfortable. The little hostess greeted us with this big smile and served us right away. We dediced to share a meal and were really please with the taste. Cannot complain about the prices either. The restroom is a little old, but it was clean. They have a drive thru, in room dinning and a walk up window.
Next door they have this wonderful hanger filled with a huge selection of ClassicCars and Military Memorabilia. Some of it they even rent out. Ask one of the folks in the antique store if you take a look. A really wonderful collection!
It has some really hard to find retro/antique signs. The store has so many other wonderful type of antiques such has kitchen appliances, pictures, nic-nacs, furniture, jewelry, war mementos, etc. The folks here are really friendly too. You have to ask what they have next door. More hidden treasures!
What to buy: We bought some really neat signs of old fashion gas pumps.
I have driven on this highway for many years since I could drive. It’s a major way to head north to Ridgecrest, Randsburg and Death Valley. It heads south to hook up to Victorville, Apple Valley, Adelanto, to the Interstate 15. Traffic didn't use to be bad, but within the last ten years traffic has become enormous and so have the accidents and fatalities.
It is only a simple two lane road that have an obsolute no passing double yellow lines with road ridges between it to remind the weary or crazy "NOT TO PASS", but does eventually opens up to an extensive four lanes with two lanes on each side so you can get ahead of the slower, vehicles, trucks or RVers, until you hit just outside Hinkley and it goes down to just two lanes Once outside Barstow some, it does opens up again to get onto Interstate 15.
Tourist uses this road a lot also, as do the locals. So take it easy and do NOT be impatient!!! People die a lot on this road from head on collisions or roll over’s. Just wait till you can get to the passing lanes or wait till you hit the major interchanges. A few minutes or hour of patience will save your life!
This little community may not have much to boast other than being one of California’s significant cross road, but it surely has something very unique going for it. It is the 150 mega watt solar power plant owned by the Kramer Junction Company that was commissioned in 1986. It is the world’s largest solar thermal facility consisting of at least nine solar fields. The energy is created from the huge solar mirrors that absorb the suns rays and then this energy is absorbed into a circulating system of heat fluid in the ground. This heat fluid is used to produce steam and then converted into electricity.
You cannot get onto the grounds, but you sure can see it from the highway. The main gate is only two miles North on 58. You can see them from Highway 58 heading west or once you past the street lights heading North off Highway 395.
I will try to get a picture from the road the next time:-)
We usually pull in here to just stretch a bit and get some water, soda, or coffee! Great coffee here by the way. It is a very busy place and yet they keep it clean too. There is even a Subway attached to it.
Keep in mind, lots of "various" folks are passing thru here. So keep your doors locked at all times for your safety.
Pilot Travel Center
(US 395/US 58)
5725 Highway 58
Boron, CA 93516
Phone: (760) 762-0041