By: Zachary Lopez (ZachNews):
Downtown Needles, California: The Needles Regional Museum presented Route 66 in the Southwest with Guest Speaker, author Jim Hinckley, on Friday, February 7th, 2020 inside the El Garces Train Depot.
Jim Hinckley is the author of eighteen books on topics as diverse as the Ghost Towns of Route 66 and an Illustrated History of the Checker Cab Manufacturing Company. Jim Hinckley’s America, a multifaceted project that includes guide books, tour development, the blog Route 66 Chronicles, and a lecture series.
The event including the Route 66 presentation was broadcast live at ZachNews on Facebook.
The author presented to a pack room of people from near and far out of the Colorado River Tri-State area a presentation chronicling the origins of Route 66 and its colorful history in the southwest.
Hinckley spoke about the pioneers of motorists such as Edsel Ford, the transformation of the highway over the years, and how the highway changed communities, including Needles, California.
Before the event, the first 25 people who had tickets for the event got to go on a tour of the old Harvey House, now known as the El Garces Intermodal Transportation Facility or the El Garces Train Depot for Amtrak service.
Guest got to walk into the different sections of the building, viewing old pictures of what was inside the old Harvey House as well as walk around the room finding what remains from the pass left that wasn’t removed during renovation, including old tiles, wall fixtures and remains of what use to be the hallway to rooms in the upstairs area.
Well the upstairs area remains empty, there’s efforts by some officials from the City of Needles to get more grant money so to final up the upstairs area.
There appears to have been some remodeling going on downstairs on the east end of the train depot with new wall around the current pillars of the building as well as new flooring laid over the old floor, but for what this is getting ready for is unclear at this moment.
Guest also got to view the outdoor fountain that is between the Amtrak waiting room and platform area for Amtrak overnight service, and got to view Santa Fe Park from upstairs along the train depot.
The event was hosted by the Needles Regional Museum where you can learn about the history of Needles, California, including the portion of Route 66 that goes through our community.
The Needles Regional Museum is located at 929 Front Street near G Street in Downtown Needles, California, and is open Monday through Saturday from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. PT.
For more information regarding the Needles Regional Museum or for upcoming events, please contact the Needles Regional Museum at: 1 (760) 326-5678.