Abandoned America: Newberry Springs on Route 66 near Barstow, CA

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About 20 miles east of Barstow on the Mother Road, Route 66, is the town of Newberry Springs.  The original name of the town was “Water” because it provided water to the local region.  Like other towns on this road, traces of the past are quickly fading away.  

As you enter the town from the West, you’ll first see Deel’s, which is still operating.  

Deel’s Plumbing and Heating, Newberry Springs, CA. Photo by Ming Lo.

 

Across the street is an abandoned garage, although it seems to be in pretty good shape and doesn’t really have any graffiti on it, at least for the moment.  

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

 

Next you’ll find the Barn.  I didn’t stop in, but the place gets good reviews on Yelp.  

The Barn on Route 66 in Newberry Springs, CA. Photo by Ming Lo.

 

A little further East was this empty building, formerly an internet cafe.  The town’s post office is just behind this building.  

The sign says, “Newberry Springs Internet Cafe… Copies, Fax, Web”. The building is just off Route 66 in Newberry Springs, CA. Photo by Ming Lo.

 

A little further down the road is the sign for the Henning Motel and the famous Bagdad Cafe.  Unfortunately, the Henning Motel is now gone.  

The sign for the Henning Motel and the famous Bagdad Cafe on Route 66 in Newberry Springs, CA. The motel is no longer there. Photo by Ming Lo.

 

Here’s the reverse view on the Henning Motel sign. 

The sign for the Henning Motel on Route 66 in Newberry Springs, CA. The motel is no longer there. Photo by Ming Lo.

 

And a close up of the Bagdad Cafe. 

The famous Bagdad Cafe on Route 66 in Newberry Springs, CA. Photo by Ming Lo.

 

There are two empty trailers on the property and of course, I had to take a picture. 

Trailer at the famous Bagdad Cafe on Route 66 in Newberry Springs, CA. Photo by Ming Lo.

 

And just a little further down the road is the decaying Whiting Brothers gas station.  The sign on top is collapsing.  The property is fenced off, but dogs from a nearby house quick came barking to greet me.   This was one of more than a hundred gas stations owned by the Whiting Brothers, and at least forty of their stations were on Route 66.  The brothers also owned 15 motels and several truck stops.  The brothers established their business in 1926 and operated well into the 1970s, when fuel shortages and new interstate highways caused a significant drop in traffic.  

The Whitng Brothers Station in Newberry Springs, Route 66, California. Photo by Ming Lo.

 

The Whitng Brothers Station in Newberry Springs, Route 66, California. Photo by Ming Lo.

 

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