“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”

Newberry Springs in San Bernardino County, California — The American West (Pacific Coastal)

Newberry Springs

Newberry Springs Marker image. Click for full size.
By Michael Kindig, May 6, 2012
1. Newberry Springs Marker
Inscription.  The history of Newberry Springs can be traced back more than 20,000 years. Digs at the Early Man Site north of here discovered tools dating prior to 20,000 BC. At that time, much of the land was covered by the prehistoric Lake Manix. Then, around 18,000 BC, a massive earthquake caused the lake to be drained through what is now known as Afton Canyon. Early humans are thought to have lived and hunted in the area where the swamps and marshes remained. Due to the availability of abundant water and food, the region has been inhabited through the centuries by various indigenous peoples. By tapping the Mojave Aquifer, modern man now enjoys the underground water source for both agriculture and recreation as seen in the area's manmade lakes.

Westbound explorers and settlers first discovered this desert oasis while following the old Indian routes. It was in 1885, shortly after the Santa Fe Railroad laid track here, that this site (then called simply, "Water") began to supply potable water for arid points east, filling the tanks at section houses used by the steam locomotives. The advent of the automobile and Route 66 further helped the area
Newberry Springs Marker image. Click for full size.
By Michael Kindig, May 6, 2012
2. Newberry Springs Marker
to grow. The town, by then called Newberry, with its plentiful water supply was a welcome respite for travelers on Route 66. During its heyday in the 1950's, Newberry boasted five gas stations, four motels, four garages, five cafes, three bars, one grocery store, a general store and even a public swimming pool. It was during this period that Walter Knott, of Knott's Berry Farm, contracted with the local farmers here to supply the chickens for his famous restaurant in Buena Park. In 1967 the name of the town was changed from Newberry to Newberry Springs, as the original name was a cause of confusion and mail often ended up in Newberry Park, California.

The completion of Interstate 40 dealt a deathblow to Newberry Springs and many other small towns along Route 66. Today Newberry Springs serves locals and adventurous people who wander off the Interstate.
Erected 2012 by Billy Holcomb Chapter No. 1069 of the Ancient and Honorable Order of E Clampus Vitus. (Marker Number 143.)
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Industry & CommerceRoads & VehiclesSettlements & Settlers. In addition, it is included in the E Clampus Vitus, and the U.S. Route 66 series lists.
Location. 34° 49.627′ 
The Barn image. Click for full size.
By Michael Kindig, May 6, 2012
3. The Barn
Members of E Clampus Vitus at the marker dedication.
N, 116° 41.198′ W. Marker is in Newberry Springs, California, in San Bernardino County. Marker is on National Trails Highway, on the right when traveling west. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 44560 National Trails Highway, Newberry Springs CA 92365, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 14 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Bagdad Café, Newberry Springs, California (approx. 2½ miles away); Forks of the Road (approx. 4.8 miles away); Historic Mojave River Road (approx. 7.7 miles away); Camp Cady (1860-1871) (approx. 9½ miles away); Daggett Garage (approx. 11½ miles away); Daggett (approx. 11.6 miles away); Calico Lives Again (approx. 13.1 miles away); Town of Calico (approx. 13.1 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Newberry Springs.
Dedication Patch image. Click for full size.
By Michael Kindig, May 6, 2012
4. Dedication Patch
Newberry Springs
Billy Holcomb Chapter
ECV 1069
Spring 6017
Credits. This page was last revised on July 11, 2018. It was originally submitted on May 7, 2012, by Michael Kindig of Long Beach, California. This page has been viewed 839 times since then and 34 times this year. Last updated on July 9, 2018, by Craig Baker of Sylmar, California. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on May 7, 2012, by Michael Kindig of Long Beach, California.   4. submitted on May 10, 2012, by Michael Kindig of Long Beach, California. • Syd Whittle was the editor who published this page.
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