Barstow Travel Guide

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Barstow Overview

The city of Barstow was established in 1886 due to the silver (and later borax) boom from the nearby Calico mines. It became a busy center for rail cars and was eventually named after William Barstow Strong, president of the Santa Fe Railroad.
It is a half way point for visitors travelling from Los Angeles to Las Vegas, and vice versa. The major Interstates 15 and 40 happen to cross in this small city along with highways 58 and 247 and the historic Route 66.
Barstow is centrally located in the Mojave Desert at the entrance to the Mojave National Preserve and is home to the U.S. Army National Training Center at Ft. Irwin; Marine Corps Logistics Base, Barstow; NASA's Goldstone Deep Space Network; Veterans Home of California, Barstow; and BNSF's classification yard. The city is home to an Amtrak depot at its Historic Harvey House.
Visitors to Barstow will enjoy the beautiful panoramic desert views, shopping at the popular Factory Merchants Mall and Tanger Outlets, Off-Highway Vehicle areas (for off-roading), museums and other off-beat historical attractions.

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Yermo is located off the I-15 Freeway and old Route 66, in the south west California Desert. It’s located approximately 10 miles south of Barstow, CA. Many people pass through the small …
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