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Harvey House / Route 66 Museum & More685 North First Ave., Barstow, CA
The Barstow Amtrak Depot and former Casa Del Desierto Harvey House Hotel as seen from the trackside from the west end. The Amtrak Depot is the one story section on the left in this photo, the former Harvey House is two story section on the right. The Route 66 Mother Road Museum is behind the Amtrack section in this photo. A railroad museum occupies space on the east end of the building.
This is the promanade next to the loading platform in front of the railroad depot.
Barstow is engraved above the promanade in front of the depot.
Looking west from the east end past the trackside of the former Casa Del Desierto Harvey House. The hotel was built in 1911 and the Santa Fe Railroad abandoned it in 1974. After being closed for many years the building then underwent several years of restoration interupted by serious earthquake damage in 1991. The building finally reopened in 1996. The windows facing the tracks on the second floor were the guest rooms. A narrow balcony on the end of the building was acessible by guests from the main hallway.
The Casa Del Desierto Harvey House lobby opens onto the loading platform for the railroad. This photo was taken from the landing on the stairway to the second floor where the guest rooms were located.
One of the cool things about this building is that they have kept a couple of hotel rooms open so visitors to can see what the accomodations were like in the early days of the hotel.
The east end ballroom could seat 110 at a time for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Formal dress was required if you wanted to be served in this room.
The west dining room was a less formal place with no jacket required for men. It is the same size as the east dining room. At one time the was a 50 seat dining counter in this room.
The building was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1975.
Photo(s): 2009 and 2013