Bagdad, California

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For the town in: Butte County; see Bagdad, Butte County, California, For the Capital of Iraq; see Baghdad
Bagdad, California
Coordinates: 34°34′58″N 115°52′32″W / 34.58278°N 115.87556°W / 34.58278; -115.87556
CountryUnited States
CountySan Bernardino
Elevation755 ft (230 m)
Time zoneUTC-8 (PST)
 • Summer (DST)UTC-7 (PDT)
ZIP code
Area codes442/760
FIPS code06-03456
GNIS feature ID1660291

Bagdad is a ghost town in the Mojave Desert, in San Bernardino County, California.


Bagdad is located along the historic U.S. Route 66, east of Barstow and Ludlow, and west of Amboy and Needles.[2]

The town was founded in 1883 when the Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Railway railway line between Barstow and Needles was built. At this time, Bagdad provided services to the Orange Blossom Mine several miles to the north, and to the War Eagle Mine several miles to the south. In addition, a dirt track extended south past the War Eagle Mine into the Dale Mining District in the Pinto Mountains.

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.

The remaining buildings were razed in 1991, leaving little trace of the town.[2]

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.[3] It is to the south of the Granite Mountains and the Mojave National Preserve, and north of the Bullion Mountains.

A small airfield known as the Bagdad Intermediate Field was built south of the town, immediately south of Route 66. It was operational in 1932, with abandonment between 1954-1958. A small, red concrete pad that was formerly the base of the airway beacon tower is all that remains.[4]

Bagdad Café[edit]

The town is known as the fictionalized setting of a novel and a motion picture called Bagdad Café.

The movie was shot at the Sidewinder Cafe in nearby Newberry Springs, which has since been renamed the "Bagdad Café."

In 1990, CBS ran a television series Bagdad Cafe, for one season.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Bagdad". Geographic Names Information System. United States Geological Survey. Retrieved April 18, 2015.
  2. ^ a b Randall, Guy. "Amboy Area". Retrieved 15 May 2018.
  3. ^ "U.S. towns named Bagdad drawing attention". USA Today. 4 April 2003. Retrieved 24 July 2017.
  4. ^ Freeman, Paul (12 Aug 2017). "California: Southeastern San Bernardino County". Abandoned & Little-Known Airfields. Retrieved 15 May 2018.