Western America Rail Museum

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WARM: More Than Just a Museum She sits a little behind the rest of the rolling stock at the Western America Railroad Museum, welcoming visitors in her fading red-and-silver Warbonnet, a sparkle in her 47-year-old eyes. The old cowboy band Riders in the Sky got it right when they sang, “…watch her fly, here comes […]

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Time Traveler

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Take a trip down Route 66 for good eats and good times You can sit at a counter, a table or in a red vinyl booth. Most likely the waitress will call you “Hon” as she hands you the menu — unless you are at the Village Cafe in Barstow. Owner Henry Wong does not […]

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The Bunker

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you can drive interstate 15 between los angeles and las vegas and never suspect just a short distance from the winding asphalt, bodies have been found. “If there were to be a cross everywhere someone dumped a body, the desert would look like forest lawn [cemetery],” said a former san bernardino county sheriff’s deputy chief. […]

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Emily’s favorite tune

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  emily’s favorite tune on the diner’s jukebox was “i am calling you” from the cult movie “bagdad cafe.” “A desert road from vegas to nowhere some place better than where you’ve been A coffee machine that needs some fixing In a little cafe just around the bend I am calling you Can’t you hear […]

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Tom and His Dogs

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owned by the larger-than-life personality of tom lewis, tom’s welding is one of the must-see attractions of barstow; the shop is known world wide for the thousands of artifacts from america’s early love affair with the automobile and the railroad. a denny’s sign, each and every one of the state route 66 signs, gas station […]

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Prairie Blues

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  he was a cowboy in a time and place when cowboys weren’t needed any more. oh, his dad still had the ranch out on the prairie and ran a few cattle. that was more as a hobby now that he had retired and moved to a house near town just off the highway — […]

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Keddie Resort

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keddie was an idyllic resort — before the 1981 murders. a rustic hotel, bar and restaurant surrounded by cabins, nestled in the woods near northern california’s feather river. they promised a peaceful vacation but then someone killed with bloody abandon a mother, two of her children and a friend of the the oldest boy. nothing […]

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Calico Days Sept. 28th & 29th, 2013

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Last weekend in September. Calico Ghost town awakens the imagination. It’s part fun and part history and Calico Days is the perfect time to make a visit to the old mining town.     The two-day event the weekend of September 28 & 29 – 2013 will include a wide number of activities and shows […]

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Randsburg’s Old West Days beckons

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My heroes have always been cowboys Well, I am a cowboy junkie. Any opportunity to mix and mingle with those gents gets me on the road. — not that I need much excuse to go traveling.   And mix and mingle I will at Randsburg’s Old West Days, September 21. A marvelous day with cowboys […]

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a fair story

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3 days at the san bernardino county fair, a fun time was had by all welcoming visitors to the fair are the gideon bible folks handing out orange-covered new testaments. maybe i stayed too long, but here a few observations from three days at the san bernardino county fair. fried twinkies are gross. simply gross. […]

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