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- For the town in: Butte County; see Bagdad, Butte County, California and the town in Arizona; see Bagdad, Arizona
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The town was founded in 1883 when the Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Railway railway line between Barstow and Needles was built.
Bagdad was long a thriving town along the National Old Trails Road and the famous Route 66. It was bypassed by the opening of Interstate 40 to the north in 1973, and lost traveler's business and resident population.
Bagdad holds the record for the longest dry streak in United States history with 767 straight days without rain, from October 3, 1912 to November 8, 1914. It is to the south of the Granite Mountains and the Mojave National Preserve, and north of the Bullion Mountains.
A small airfield was built south of the town, immediately south of Route 66. It was operational in 1932, with abandonment between 1954-1958.
Bagdad's fame has spread internationally, after its being bypassed. The Bagdad Café was located there and became the fictionalized setting of both a popular novel and a motion picture called Bagdad Café.
The Café location shooting was actually done at the Sidewinder Cafe to the west in Newberry Springs, which has since been renamed the "Bagdad Café."
In 1990, the television series Bagdad Cafe ran for one season.
- Alan Hensher, Ghost Towns of the Mojave Desert: A Concise and Illustrated Guide, California Classics Books, Los Angeles (1991) ISBN 978-1-879395-07-7
- Ghost Towns.com - Bagdad Webpage about Bagdad, CA with numerous photographs.
- Bagdad, California Brief history of Bagdad, CA.