Downtown Needles, CA: Historic El Garces Train Depot gets decorated for Christmas 2019.

Downtown Needles, CA: Historic El Garces Train Depot gets decorated for Christmas 2019.

The historic El Garces Train Depot in Downtown Needles, California is once again decked out for Christmas 2019.

Rich and Cheryl Mangin-Dotson, on behalf of the City of Needles and the Downtown Business Alliance recently installed the colorful Christmas lights across the upper level banister.

Totaling over 450 feet of lights, it is worth a drive by to see it.

A nine foot Christmas tree has also been decorated in the west end.

The El Garces was completed in 1908 by Santa Fe Railroad as a Harvey House and Depot after the original wooden depot, approximately two blocks to the east, burned down in 1906.

Designed by Architect Francis S. Wilson in the Classical Revival style, the pour in place concrete structure was deemed fireproof.

The El Garces was named for Father Francisco Garces, a missionary that traveled the southwest far and wide in the 1770’s.

The El Garces and was dubbed the ‘Crown Jewel’ of the Harvey Company hotels and restaurant chain.

Many thanks to Robinson Electric who graciously loaned and delivered a scissor lift to aid in the light installation on the west end of the building.

The El Garces Train Depot is located on the 900 block of Front Street near G Street, next to Santa Fe Park.

** Pictures from Cheryl Mangin: **

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