Abandoned America: Ludlow, CA on Route 66 near Barstow, CA

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Ludlow was one of the first ghost towns I visited.  I was on my way back from Las Vegas, headed to LA, and thought, “I’ll take historic Route 66!”

Of course, I knew nothing about Route 66, and after having roamed the backroads of California for several years, I’ve come to the conclusion that some research beforehand is always a good thing. 

I went back to Ludlow on Sunday, February 18, 2018, President’s Day Weekend (yes, this is what I do with my holidays).  It’s sad in many ways, to see these vestiges of the past disappear over time.  Plus, many properties have been fenced in or boarded up, and of course, have more graffiti.  Good for protecting the property, bad if you want to take some pictures and wouldn’t really harm the place in anyway.  

Right off the 40 freeway, there is an old diner and a gas station / truck stop.  The old ghost town is just up the street and south.

On the north side are three buildings – an old garage, a house and a gas station.  There used to be a cafe next to the gas station, but that is gone now.  Here’s the garage.

Abandoned garage in Ludlow, CA on Route 66 in California. Photo by Ming Lo.

 

This is the inside.  This is the room on the right side of the building.  I loved view of the desert in the background.  

Inside an abandoned garage in Ludlow, CA on Route 66 in California. Photo by Ming Lo.

 

Right next door is an old gas station.  It’s fenced off, but there were many, many birds inside, you could hear them from the road.  

Abandoned service station on Route 66 in Ludlow, CA. Photo by Ming Lo.

 

Across the street is an old house.  

Abandoned house in Ludlow, CA on Route 66 in California. Photo by Ming Lo.

 

Looking back toward the west, i had a beautiful sunset over the Mojave that day.  I love how the decayed sign marks the landscape.  

Sunset over the Mojave from the abandoned town of Ludlow, CA on Route 66 in California. PHoto by Ming Lo

 

If you took the dirt road just a bit south, you’d find this building, the old Ludlow Mercantile.  This is the rear of the building, which is in much better shape than the front.  The structure was built in 1908, but collapsed after an earthquake in October 1999.  

The rear view of the former Ludlow Mercantile in Ludlow, CA on Route 66 in California. Built in 1908 and destroyed in an earthquake in 1999. Photo by Ming Lo.

 

Just a few hundred yards south are the railroad tracks, and decayed wooden shacks on the other side.  Once upon of time, there were many old cars here, but most are gone and only a couple remain.  

Abandoned cars, trailers and shack just south of the railroad tracks in Ludlow, CA. Photo by Ming Lo.

 

Abandoned cars, trailers and shack just south of the railroad tracks in Ludlow, CA. Photo by Ming Lo.

 

I soon ran out of light but stayed to do some lightpainting.  Still, I’m sure I will be back to take more pictures, especially now that I know exactly what I’d be looking for.  

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