Introduction to Barstow, California
Barstow, California, in San Bernardino County, is 29 miles N of Apple Valley, California (center to center) and 68 miles N of Riverside, California. The city is considered part of the Riverside - San Bernardino metropolitan area. Barstow has a population of 21,119.
Barstow is a former frontier town, which is an outfitting region for voyages into Death Valley. At one point, it served as a desert junction for overland wagon trains. Settlement in Barstow began in the late 1840s. Railroads were constructed to transport ore and workers in the mines of Calico and Daggett. The Southern Pacific Railroad first came to the area in 1883. A portion of the line was transferred to the Santa Fe Railroad in 1884.
The owner of the Santa Fe railroad was William Barstow Strong, after whom the city was named. Prior to it, the area was known as Grapevine, Waterman Junction and Camp Sugarloaf. After the three major highways, including I-15 and I-40, came into the Barstow area, it became a major hub of tourist trade and the economy. Today, Barstow is one of the fast-developing cities in Southern California.
Barstow and nearby Attractions
- Calico Ghost Town
- The Mother Road Museum
- Mojave River Valley Museum
- Western America Railroad Museum
- Calico Early Man Archeological Site
- Rainbow Basin National Natural Landmark
Things To Do In Barstow
There are many historic and archeological sites in the city that are worth visiting. The Barstow station mini mall on the main street is dotted with various shops, restaurants, cafes and fast food centers. It is a great place for the city people to hang out during their leisure time.
San Bernardino International is the nearest major airport that serves the city.
Barstow Higher Education
Barstow is served by Barstow-Daggett.