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Old 05-19-2017, 05:14 PM
 
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Experiences? Gas/toilet.
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Old 05-19-2017, 05:17 PM
 
Location: Jurupa Valley, CA, USA 92509
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experiences? Gas/toilet.
^ Ha!
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Old 05-19-2017, 05:43 PM
 
Location: Jurupa Valley, CA, USA 92509
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Oh, I forgot to add Lenwood to my list...
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Old 05-19-2017, 06:14 PM
 
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BARSTOW...Always an end of the road place...if you were in the army or the marines, you prayed you weren't stationed there. "The Santa Fe" was there so if you "knew someone", you could get a fat job there. You could get a civil service job at Ft. Irwin or USMC Supply Center, if you couldn't get one elsewhere. And there was Yellow Freight.

All that is history now. The military cut back, Santa Fe did a merge, Yellow left town.

But Barstow has a very large & centrally located welfare office.

Barstow has a Home Depot. It is said that the opening of the store was quite delayed because of the lack of applicants who could pass the mandatory drug test. Of course, this is small-town gossip...right??

Barstow also has past & current historical sites. There was the El Rancho Motel, built entirely of railroad ties, which mysteriously burned down.

Barstow is home of the original Del Taco. Some will disagree, but the original is on 1st Street, near the "river bottom" & the formerly bustling rail yard. They serve big portions & their green chile burritos are the best...just ignore the guy(s) tapping on your window while waiting for your order, they're just wanting money, a spliff or a 40-ouncer.

There is an outlet mall outside of Barstow. Some of the stores are occupied, but much of it is a ghost mall, with the Muzak still playing.

Walking is a frequent recreation in Barstow...you can see all sorts of people, any time of day or night, walking up & down Main Street. Some of them may be lying on the sidewalk, taking a rest. In fact, for a true slice of life in Barstow, you may want to take that walk yourself, from east to west. When you finish, if you can still type, or even walk or breathe or have a heartbeat, please report back with your findings.

You can buy a house for less than $100K in Barstow! Of course, there may be some little issues like, former meth house, squatters, missing things like plumbing, wiring, sinks, toilets...

Rent is cheap, too. You may have to adjust to a few things, like strange odors, loud gunshot-like sounds, especially after dark, pittbulls, mingling groups of tattooed people doing strange shapes with their fingers...

DAGGETT & YERMO...suburbs of Barstow.

HINKLEY...Pretty much a ghost town now due to contaminated water (see Erin Brockovich). There used to be some nice little spreads, even alfalfa fields & a dairy...of course, all kept going by "that water". Now, a good place to take post-apocalyptic photographs.

NEWBERRY SPRINGS. A little oasis in the desert due to water from the Mojave Aquifer. Used to have little ranches, & many man made lakes where the locals could cool down from those balmy 110-117F degree summer temps. Some agriculture still going on. However, be careful whose door you knock on...Newberrians like their privacy & you might be interrupting their cooking me...uh, soup.

FT IRWIN. An army base. About 40 miles or so outside of Barstow, it's probably the safest place to live, but you have to be in the army to live there.

BAKER. Just keep moving.
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Old 05-19-2017, 07:17 PM
 
Location: Jurupa Valley, CA, USA 92509
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BARSTOW...Always an end of the road place...if you were in the army or the marines, you prayed you weren't stationed there. "The Santa Fe" was there so if you "knew someone", you could get a fat job there. You could get a civil service job at Ft. Irwin or USMC Supply Center, if you couldn't get one elsewhere. And there was Yellow Freight.

All that is history now. The military cut back, Santa Fe did a merge, Yellow left town.

But Barstow has a very large & centrally located welfare office.

Barstow has a Home Depot. It is said that the opening of the store was quite delayed because of the lack of applicants who could pass the mandatory drug test. Of course, this is small-town gossip...right??

Barstow also has past & current historical sites. There was the El Rancho Motel, built entirely of railroad ties, which mysteriously burned down.

Barstow is home of the original Del Taco. Some will disagree, but the original is on 1st Street, near the "river bottom" & the formerly bustling rail yard. They serve big portions & their green chile burritos are the best...just ignore the guy(s) tapping on your window while waiting for your order, they're just wanting money, a spliff or a 40-ouncer.

There is an outlet mall outside of Barstow. Some of the stores are occupied, but much of it is a ghost mall, with the Muzak still playing.

Walking is a frequent recreation in Barstow...you can see all sorts of people, any time of day or night, walking up & down Main Street. Some of them may be lying on the sidewalk, taking a rest. In fact, for a true slice of life in Barstow, you may want to take that walk yourself, from east to west. When you finish, if you can still type, or even walk or breathe or have a heartbeat, please report back with your findings.

You can buy a house for less than $100K in Barstow! Of course, there may be some little issues like, former meth house, squatters, missing things like plumbing, wiring, sinks, toilets...

Rent is cheap, too. You may have to adjust to a few things, like strange odors, loud gunshot-like sounds, especially after dark, pittbulls, mingling groups of tattooed people doing strange shapes with their fingers...

DAGGETT & YERMO...suburbs of Barstow.

HINKLEY...Pretty much a ghost town now due to contaminated water (see Erin Brockovich). There used to be some nice little spreads, even alfalfa fields & a dairy...of course, all kept going by "that water". Now, a good place to take post-apocalyptic photographs.

NEWBERRY SPRINGS. A little oasis in the desert due to water from the Mojave Aquifer. Used to have little ranches, & many man made lakes where the locals could cool down from those balmy 110-117F degree summer temps. Some agriculture still going on. However, be careful whose door you knock on...Newberrians like their privacy & you might be interrupting their cooking me...uh, soup.

FT IRWIN. An army base. About 40 miles or so outside of Barstow, it's probably the safest place to live, but you have to be in the army to live there.

BAKER. Just keep moving.
LENWOOD... Basically another suburb of Barstow. (Is that right?)
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Old 05-19-2017, 07:18 PM
 
Location: Jurupa Valley, CA, USA 92509
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Also, has anyone ever heard of Amboy or Nipton?
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Old 05-19-2017, 07:41 PM
 
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Sure. You drive through Amboy on the way to Vegas via Route 66.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Amboy,_California
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Old 05-19-2017, 07:42 PM
 
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Please take the time to answer ASAP.
Can't I just hurry up and procrastinate?
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Old 05-19-2017, 07:44 PM
 
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LENWOOD... Basically another suburb of Barstow. (Is that right?)
Lenwood, yes another suburb of Barstow, the actual location of the "outlet malls", and once considered as a location for a casino, but the tribe bailed.

As I remember, Amboy is on old 66. The Amboy Crater is nearby, it's worth a look. There used to be a gas station in Amboy, don't know if it's there anymore.

Nipton was a stop on the road on the way to "the river"...that's all, folks.

Don't you want to know about Trona??

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Old 05-19-2017, 11:54 PM
 
Location: Jurupa Valley, CA, USA 92509
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Lenwood, yes another suburb of Barstow, the actual location of the "outlet malls", and once considered as a location for a casino, but the tribe bailed.

As I remember, Amboy is on old 66. The Amboy Crater is nearby, it's worth a look. There used to be a gas station in Amboy, don't know if it's there anymore.

Nipton was a stop on the road on the way to "the river"...that's all, folks.

Don't you want to know about Trona??
Yes, please enlighten me.
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