California Route 66

Route 66 in the
Barstow Area

California Route 66


All Trails Lead to Barstow

1880's Railroad Map

Barstow, California

Barstow, where the old trails meet. The Old Mormon Trail, now I-15, and Route 66,  now replaced by I-40 come together here in the high desert. This old railroad map from the 1880's shows the route that will become Route 66 half a century later. The area of present day Barstow is shown as Grapevine and Waterman; Barstow wasn't even named yet!


In 1858 Army dragoons camped here and called the area Camp Sugar Loaf. The area became known as Grapevine when a trading post was established in 1864. The name was changed to Waterman Junction in 1881. Then in 1886 a depot for the Atlantic and Pacific Railroad (Santa Fe RR) was built here and the town of Barstow was officially founded - complete with post office.

Barstow Railroad Station

Mother Road Museum in BarstowThe Mother Road Museum

Don't miss the Route 66 Museum in Barstow! It is open Friday - Sunday from 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Barstow Mother Road Museum Hosts
Gloria Darling and Debra Hodkin welcome all to the Route 66 Mother Road Museum in Barstow.

Barstow, named after William Barstow Strong, was the president of the Santa Fe Railroad at that time.The beautiful Railroad Depot was built in 1910 and also served as a Harvey House. Today it has been restored by the city of Barstow and is the site of the Route 66 Mother Road Museum. Next door to the museum the City of Barstow has just opened its new Railroad Museum. You haven't seen Barstow if you haven't seen these great museums!
Barstow is another Route 66 town that takes pride in its heritage. There is still much of Old Route 66 to see in Barstow. The famous El Rancho Motel, built with railroad ties from the defunct Tonopah & Tidewater RR, and El Rancho Cafe are Mother Road landmarks. And who could forget the Route 66 Motel on Main Street (Route 66). As you drive Route 66 out of Barstow you will come to Lenwood, another Route 66 town on the National Old Trails Highway.

El Rancho Cafe in Barstow

Famous Route 66 Motel in Barstow

Look for signs of the old road in Barstow and  Lenwood such as the Route 66 Motel or Do Drop Inn at an old motel court.

Do Drop Inn on Route 66 at Lenwood, California

Photographs taken January 2001

Click on an area or city of Route 66 on the map below to take a cyber tour of that section of the  Mother Road

Travel Route 66 in California

Go West on Route 66

NAVIGATION NOTE: Buckle up and hold on to your mouse! These pages are arranged like the map above, Pacific Ocean being West Route 66 and the Colorado River East Route 66. I have set up this site as if you were traveling from EAST to WEST, much like the Joad family in The Grapes of Wrath. You can click on the Route 66 shields to "travel" the Mother Road in either direction though. Clicking West Route 66 or East Route 66 will take you to the next town or area on the map in that direction. Or you can select any shield below to take you to that specific state.

Go East on Route 66

To the National Old Trails Highway

To Daggett and Newberry Springs


Select the Route 66 State to Visit



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