Harvey House (Barstow, California)
Amtrak inter-city rail station
|Address||685 North 1st Avenue
Barstow, California 92311
|Connections||Thruway Motorcoach routes 702, 703, 712, 717|
|Platforms||1 side platform
1 island platform
(others out of service)
|Tracks||2 (others out of service)|
|Opened||22 February 1911|
|Owned by||BNSF Railway & City of Barstow|
|Passengers (2013)||3,586 (Amtrak)|
Harvey House Railroad Depot
|Location||Santa Fe Depot,
|Area||1.1 acres (0.4 ha)|
|Architect||OR builder, Mary E.J. Colter|
|Architectural style||Other, Santa Fe|
|NRHP Reference #||75000458|
|Added to NRHP||April 3, 1975|
The Harvey House Railroad Depot, originally known as the Casa del Desierto, is a former Fred Harvey Harvey House located in Barstow, in the Mojave Desert within San Bernardino County, California, United States. Casa del Desierto now functions as an unstaffed Amtrak (the National Railroad Passenger Corporation) passenger station as well as housing Barstow city offices and two museums. It is now often referred to as the Barstow Amtrak Station. The station should not be confused with the Barstow Station, which is a restaurant food court located about 2 miles (3.2 km) to the southeast, between I-15 and I-40.
The Casa del Desierto station and hotel 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 renowned Fred Harvey Company architect Mary Colter in a synthesis of Spanish Renaissance and Classical Revival architecture styles. The historic structure is an elegant presence in the Mojave Desert beside the intermittent Mojave River. Santa Fe then closed the station in 1973.
Restoration and museums
The City of Barstow obtained the station in 1990 and moved several city offices into the building. The Barstow Area Chamber of Commerce operates out of Barstow Harvey House. Other public institutions located here are the Western America Railroad Museum on the east side and the Barstow Route 66 "Mother Road" Museum on the north side.
Platforms and tracks
|1-2||■Southwest Chief||toward Los Angeles (Victorville)|
|■Southwest Chief||toward Chicago (Needles)|
- "Barstow, CA (BAR)". amtrak.com. Amtrak. Retrieved 11 Jan 2014.
- "Great American Stations: Barstow, CA (BAR)". greatamericanstations.com. Amtrak. Retrieved 11 Jan 2014.
- "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. 2010-07-09.
- "Harvey House". Office of Historic Preservation, California State Parks. Retrieved 13 Oct 2012.
- Amtrak – Stations – Barstow, CA
- Amtrak California
- Amtrak Stations Database
- Barstow Route 66 "Mother Road" Museum
- Barstow Area Chamber of Commerce