Goffs, California

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Goffs, California
Unincorporated community
Goffs, California is located in California
Goffs, California
Goffs, California
Location within the state of California
Coordinates: 34°55′09″N 115°03′46″W / 34.91917°N 115.06278°W / 34.91917; -115.06278Coordinates: 34°55′09″N 115°03′46″W / 34.91917°N 115.06278°W / 34.91917; -115.06278
Country United States
State California
County San Bernardino
Founded 1893
Elevation 2,587 ft (789 m)
Population (January 2009)
 • Total 23
Time zone Pacific (PST) (UTC-8)
 • Summer (DST) PDT (UTC-7)
ZIP codes 92332
Area code(s) 760
FIPS code 071-30266[1]
GNIS feature ID 242776[2]

Goffs, an unincorporated community in San Bernardino County, California, is a nearly empty one-time railroad town at the route's high point in the Mojave Desert. Goffs was a stop on famous U.S. Route 66 until 1931 when a more direct road opened between Needles and Essex. Goffs was also home to workers of the nearby Santa Fe Railroad, with Homer east, Fenner south, and Blackburn and Purdy north.

Goffs was known as Blake between 1893 and 1902. It was named for Isaac Blake, the builder of the Nevada Southern Railway (later the California Eastern Railway 1895–1923) [3] that commenced here.

An early 20th Century general store is the town's largest building (now abandoned). A historic schoolhouse, built in 1914 and almost totally deteriorated by the early 1980s, has since been renovated to its original plans by the Mojave Desert Heritage and Cultural Association (MDHCA).[4] The schoolhouse and grounds now house a museum primarily specializing in the area's mining history. Remnants of Goffs's mining days still dot the town.

Goffs is accessible off Interstate 40 at U.S. Highway 95 north. A left turn onto Goffs Road, the pre-1931 alignment of US 66, becomes a desolate forty-mile (64 km) stretch that served as home to several towns that have mostly vanished, including Bannock, Ibis, and the aforementioned Homer. Continuing west on Goffs Road brings motorists back to I-40 northeast of the town of Essex.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31. 
  2. ^ "Goffs". Geographic Names Information System, U.S. Geological Survey. Retrieved 2008-12-30. 
  3. ^ Myrick, David F., 1963, Railroads of Nevada and Eastern California Vol. 2, (Howell-North Books: Berkeley) pp. 841-848
  4. ^ CSEDesign. "Mojave Desert Heritage & Cultural Association". Mdhca.org. Retrieved 2012-01-06. 

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