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Barstow, CA
Station statistics
Address 685 North 1st Avenue
Barstow, CA, 92311
Coordinates 34°54′18″N 117°01′26″W / 34.905°N 117.024°W / 34.905; -117.024
Lines      Southwest Chief
Connections Thruway Motorcoach routes 702, 703, 712, 717
Parking free
Other information
Opened February 22, 1911
Code BAR
Owned by City of Barstow
Passengers (FY2009) 3,531 5.9% (Amtrak)
Preceding station   Amtrak   Following station
Southwest Chief
toward Chicago

The Casa del Desierto (also known as the Harvey House Railroad Depot) is a former Harvey House in Barstow, California, that now functions as an unstaffed Amtrak station as well as housing Barstow city offices and two museums.

The station was built by the Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Railway and replaced an earlier one built in 1885 that burned in 1908. It was designed by Mary Colter. The station was closed by the Santa Fe in 1973, but was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1975.[1]

Casa del Desierto shortly after construction

The City of Barstow obtained the station in 1990 and moved some city offices into the building. The Barstow Area Chamber of Commerce operates out of "Barstow Harvey House". Other tenants are the Western America Railroad Museum, which can be found on the east side, and the Barstow Route 66 "Mother Road" Museum with its entrance on the north side.

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