ZachNews Coverage: Route 66 Field Trip: Barstow, CA: The Route 66 field trip tours Barstow, California.

ZachNews Coverage- Route 66 Field Trip- Barstow, CA- The Route 66 field trip tours Barstow, California- Pictures- Thursday, December 5th, 2013.

 

ZachNews Coverage: Route 66 Field Trip: Barstow, CA: The Route 66 field trip tours Barstow, California.

 

 

 

 

 

The group of people on the Route 66 field trip and helping with the Corridor Management Plan to bring a National Scenic Byway designation for the portion of this historic and world famous Route 66 highway between Needles, California to Barstow, California departed by bus from Barstow, California just after 8:30am PT Thursday morning to tour the Mojave River Valley Museum and the Harvey House in Barstow, California where the group was going to visit the Western America Railroad Museum and the Route 66 “Mother Road” Museum.

 

 

 

The group of people on board the bus stopped into the Mojave River Valley Museum in Barstow, California where the group was informed about the museum and what the group will get to view at the museum.

 

 

 

The museum is dedicated to the preservation and promotion of the scientific, historical, and the cultural heritage of both Barstow, California and the Mojave River Valley with many of historic picture, artifacts, and stories are about the community and the valley.

 

 

 

Many in the group were amazed at the many historic picture of Barstow, California, the different clothing and furniture items that were on display from back then, rocks that glow on there own, and the large mammoth tusk all can be viewed inside the museum.

 

 

 

Outside the museum and facing at the intersection of Barstow Road and Virginia Way, an old Atchison, Topeka, and Santa Fe (A.T.S.F.) Railway Passenger Coach 932D and a log build cabin with the name, “Gaddis Blacksmith Shop”, and some old mining cars are on display in front of the museum.

 

 

 

The group of people then got back on board the bus and headed into Old Town Barstow, California where murals and some historic building and motels lined the street.

 

 

 

The bus crossed over the well known First Avenue Bridge which goes over the railroad yard and has a great view of the community as well as the Harvey House in Barstow, California where the next stop on the field trip was at for the group.

 

 

 

The group of people on board the bus stopped into the Harvey House in Barstow, California where the group was informed about the Harvey House and the reports that the Harvey House is haunted.

 

 

 

Many in the group got to view 2 of the Harvey House rooms and learn more about how the building was saved and what had to be done to preserve the Harvey House.

 

 

 

The group of people then spread out to go to Western America Railroad Museum and the Route 66 “Mother Road” Museum, Unfortunately, the person who was from the Western America Railroad Museum had a medical issue to take care of and the group was unable to get to go inside the Western America Railroad Museum.

 

 

 

But, the Western America Railroad Museum had outside on display some of the old railroad cars such as the Arizona and California 58 railroad passenger car; a vintage Atchison, Topeka, and Santa Fe (A.T.S.F.) Railway Horse Car that was used to ship race horses and their trainers in style and in comfort; and a unmarked and faded green passenger car.

 

 

 

Also outside on display, several Atchison, Topeka, and Santa Fe (A.T.S.F.) Railway Locomotives and Cabooses that you can get up close to and view them.

 

 

 

 

 

As you view the different railroad train displays outside the Western America Railroad Museum, Burlington Northern Santa Fe (B.N.S.F.) Railroad Locomotives with their freight cars pull under the First Avenue Bridge and pass by the Harvey House.

 

 

 

 

 

Meanwhile, the group of people were inside the Route 66 “Mother Road” Museum where historic picture, artifacts, and stories about the highway known also as the “Mother Road.”

 

 

 

Classic vehicles, signs, items from old gas stations, and music about the highway were on display and were enjoyed by many in the group with many hoping that people who usually ride by museums like the once visited by the group will take a moment to enjoy the history and stories about this historic and world famous Route 66 highway.

 

 

 

 

 

Before departing the Harvey House, the group of people gather together and discuss what they learn and what is next in the process in getting a Corridor Management Plan put together to bring a National Scenic Byway designation for the portion of this historic and world famous Route 66 highway between Needles, California to Barstow, California.

 

 

 

 

 

The group of people then got back on board the bus and headed back into Old Town Barstow, California going back over the First Avenue Bridge then passing the well known Del Taco Restaurant located on First Avenue in Barstow, California.

 

 

 

The group’s guide on this part of the tour talked about the many murals around the community and some historic building and motels lined like the Route 66 Motel located on West Main Street in Barstow, California where classic cars are on displayed beautifully.

 

 

 

 

 

The bus then headed back into Old Town Barstow, California and made the way back to the hotel were the 3 day Route 66 field trip will end which many didn’t want this trip to end as there was so many more stories out there not yet gotten to be heard and places not yet gotten to enjoy.

 

 

 

 

 

The group enjoyed learning about the community and hearing the different stories behind the highway we call Route 66 and this will be a big help with the Corridor Management Plan to bring a National Scenic Byway designation for the portion of this historic and world famous Route 66 highway between Needles, California to Barstow, California.

 

 

 

 

 

ZachNews Photojournalist Zachary A. Lopez was the only news crew from Needles, California to be welcomed on this fact finding and planning field trip along the historic and world famous Route 66 highway between Needles, California to Barstow, California and has hours and hours of videos and pictures that will be posted all of the ZachNews websites and ZachNews video sharing websites.

 

 

 

ZachNews has interview the people who are working on the Corridor Management Plan for the portion of this historic and world famous Route 66 highway between Needles, California to Barstow, California and will have the full news story with more information as well as thse who helped put this field trip together so on ZachNews.

 

 

 

Please stay tuned to ZachNews for more information as well as the pictures and videos regarding this news story.

 

 

 

 

 

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