HIWAY AMERICA BARSTOW CA. ROUTE 66 PART 11

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Mojave Desert

“A land of lost rivers, with little in it to love; yet a land that once visited  must be come back to inevitably. If it were not so there would be little told of it.” ~ Mary Austin, Land of Little Rain

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Barstow, California

Mojave Desert Once a small mining center and railroad town in California’s Mojave Desert, Barstow is located at the junction of 3 major highways — Interstate 15, Interstate 40 and State Highway 58. It is centrally located in the western Mojave at the entrance to the Mojave National Preserve and is home of the U.S. Army National Training Center, Marine Corps Logistics Base, NASA’s Goldstone  Deep Space Network and Burlington Northern-Santa Fe Railroad Yards.

Population / Elevation

21,500 / 2,106 feet above sea level

Bishop through Barstow to Prescott

February 28, 2013

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Photos from Laws, California, near Bishop — those snowy things are the Sierras. That’s where we started Wednesday morning. We checked out the railroad museum in Laws, Laws being a hamlet of about 15 houses a few miles down the road from Bishop.

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In the desert where Laws sits, I tried to get my painter’s eye around the desert while Jer had his camera to do the work.

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We then drove not all that far to Barstow, a town about which I know almost nothing except that the Best Western is near a traffic island (unapproachable on foot) and a train that reminds me, almost pleasantly, of my youth along the Pennsy railroad.

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ABOUT THE CALICO GHOST TOWN

http://www.desertusa.com/desert-california/calico-ghost-town.html

 

                     
 

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