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Things to Do in Barstow, California

Barstow Things to Do

A major stop off along the road to the west coast, historic Barstow is a place to experience the lives of many pioneers. Multiple museums help bring the history of the region to life. Bring the kids to the railroad museum and the ghost town.

Admire the Murals 

The downtown area is home to eight murals, each depicting a scene from western history. The vivid colors help bring the history of the area to life.

Local Museums

Barstow is home to several museums worth a visit. The Mojave River Valley Museum is a free museum that depicts the regional settlements. Visitors can learn all about how pioneers came here more than two hundred years ago. The Western America Railroad museum is a must-see for those who love railways. A few dozen exhibits show off the inner workings of the railroad. The museum is housed in the Casa del Desierto. This house was part of the Harvey system. Travelers would travel across America. Along the way, they’d be given food served by the famous girls — young women from all over the country who would leave home in order to earn some money. The Route 66 “Mother Road” Museum demonstrates the history of one of the most longest roads in America when it brought people from coast to  coast.

Calico Ghost Town 

For the look at the work of the miners who once made this town their home, check out the Calico Ghost town. Many of the old buildings have been preserved again allowing visitors to see how they lived and worked. Buildings include a saloon, post office and private homes.

Editor’s Note: The information contained on this page was compiled using real traveler reviews about things to do in Barstow. 

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