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.
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.
Next you’ll find the Barn. I didn’t stop in, but the place gets good reviews on Yelp.
A little further East was this empty building, formerly an internet cafe. The town’s post office is just behind this building.
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.
Here’s the reverse view on the Henning Motel sign.
And a close up of the Bagdad Cafe.
There are two empty trailers on the property and of course, I had to take a picture.
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.