Harvey House (Barstow, California)

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Amtrak inter-city rail station
Station statistics
Address 685 North 1st Avenue
Barstow, California 92311[1]
 United States
Coordinates 34°54′17″N 117°01′29″W / 34.9047°N 117.0247°W / 34.9047; -117.0247
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)
Parking Free
Baggage check No
Other information
Opened 22 February 1911
Accessible Handicapped/disabled access
Station code BAR
Owned by BNSF Railway & City of Barstow
Passengers (2013) 3,586[2] (Amtrak)
Preceding station   BSicon LOGO Amtrak2.svg Amtrak   Following station
toward Los Angeles
Southwest Chief
toward Chicago
  Former services  
toward Los Angeles
Desert Wind
Discontinued in 1997
toward Chicago
Atchison, Topeka, and Santa Fe
toward Los Angeles
Main Line
toward Los Angeles
Main Line
Major stations
toward Oakland
Oakland – Barstow Terminus
Harvey House Railroad Depot
Harvey House (Barstow, California) is located in California
Harvey House (Barstow, California)
Location Santa Fe Depot,
Barstow, California
Coordinates 34°54′17″N 117°1′29″W / 34.90472°N 117.02472°W / 34.90472; -117.02472Coordinates: 34°54′17″N 117°1′29″W / 34.90472°N 117.02472°W / 34.90472; -117.02472
Area 1.1 acres (0.4 ha)
Built 1911
Architect OR builder, Mary E.J. Colter
Architectural style Other, Santa Fe
Governing body Private
NRHP Reference # 75000458[3]
CHISL # 892[4]
Significant dates
Added to NRHP April 3, 1975
Designated CHISL 1976

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.


Casa del Desierto shortly after construction

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.


Casa del Desierto was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1975.[3] The site was then designated as a California Historical Landmark in 1976.[4]

Restoration and museums[edit]

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[edit]

1-2 Southwest Chief toward Los Angeles (Victorville)
Southwest Chief toward Chicago (Needles)

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Barstow, CA (BAR)". amtrak.com. Amtrak. Retrieved 11 Jan 2014. 
  2. ^ "Great American Stations: Barstow, CA (BAR)". greatamericanstations.com. Amtrak. Retrieved 11 Jan 2014. 
  3. ^ a b "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. 2010-07-09. 
  4. ^ a b "Harvey House". Office of Historic Preservation, California State Parks. Retrieved 13 Oct 2012. 

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