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    Needles

    by Basaic Written Nov 20, 2014

    Needles is a small town of about 4900 (up 2% since 2000) located at the intersection of Interstate 40 and US Highway 95 in Southern California, near the border with Nevada and Arizona. There is ample evidence of prehistoric habitation of the area from the many petroglyphs and pictographs found nearby. The Mohave, one of the Colorado River Indian Tribes, have lived here for hundreds of years. Nearby Fort Mohave was established in 1859 and the town was formed in 1883 when the Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Railroad crossed the Colorado River at this point. Needles was later a popular stop along the old Route 66.

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    The El Garces Hotel/Santa Fe Depot

    by Yaqui Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    The El Garces Hotel/Santa Fe Depot was once one of the crown jewels of the Harvey Houses with its lovely ornate structure that served as a train station, restaurant, and hotel. It was built in 1908 when the last station that was wooden burned down. Since many town started to restructure what materials they should use since fires were unfortunately prevalent, the new train station was going to be built out of concrete and built by the Mojave Indians. Named after Father Francisco Garces who visited in 1776, it was called El Garces Hotel. What is very unique and special about most of the Harvey Houses is they were built between the Santa Fe Railroad and Old Trails Highway (Route 66). What was so special is the quality of service they offered all travelers. The had the nicest dining facilities, friendly service provided by the famed Harvey Girls, and a hotel that provided some of the nicest amenities for its day. It stopped serving passengers around 1949, but was still being used by Santa Fe till 1988. She sat abandon and derelict until in 1993 when the Friends of El Garces and the City of Needles saved her. The city bought her from Santa Fe for $130,000 and now she is being completed restored. So much more to come in the future for her.

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    Santa Fe Park WWI Memorial

    by Yaqui Updated Dec 18, 2008

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    This is Santa Fe Park located next to the El Garces Hotel (Harvey House). It is a lovely park with a wonderful WWI Monument. It is nice and green and a great place to come and see and relax.

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    The Needles Regional Museum

    by Yaqui Written Dec 18, 2008

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    This is a neat little museum located right across from the El Garces Hotel and on the same block as the Chamber of Commerce. Some really nice memorabilia throughout Needles’ wonderful history.

    Their winter hours are 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m., Tuesday through Friday.
    Summer hours are the same with a break in August for vacation.

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