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

Thorn Train Siding

Historical Marker

 
 
Thorn Train Siding Marker image. Click for full size.
By Stephen Mersman, 2021
1. Thorn Train Siding Marker
Inscription.  
Forty-one miles from the Barstow train station, the Thorn siding was used for shipping out minerals from local mining companies and transporting frozen turkeys from Jess Ranch. Thorn was useful in keeping tracks clear by allowing trains to pass one another, thus preventing collisions. The siding, roughly 3,000 feet long, has operated since 1910 and is still in use today though it is no longer called the Thorn Siding.

Marker placed here on July 10, 2008 by Andrew Chandler in partial fulfillment of Eagle Scout requirements, Boy Scouts of America, Troop 157, Apple Valley, California.
 
Erected 2008 by Andrew Chandler.
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Industry & CommerceRailroads & Streetcars.
 
Location. 34° 28.351′ N, 117° 16.65′ W. Marker is in Victorville, California, in San Bernardino County. Marker is at the intersection of Ridgecrest Road and Francesca Road, on the left when traveling north on Ridgecrest Road. Touch for map.
Thorn Train Siding Marker image. Click for full size.
By Stephen Mersman, 2021
2. Thorn Train Siding Marker
Marker is at or near this postal address: 12120 Ridgecrest Rd, Victorville CA 92395, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 5 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. John Brown Road at The Mojave Trail (approx. 1.8 miles away); Hesperia Train Station (approx. 3.6 miles away); Hesperia Hotel (approx. 3.6 miles away); Walters Store & House (approx. 3.7 miles away); Old School House (approx. 3.7 miles away); Hesperia Hotel Granite Stones (approx. 3.9 miles away); John Brown Road Crossing (approx. 4 miles away); Old Town Victorville Veterans Memorial (approx. 4.3 miles away).
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on February 12, 2021. It was originally submitted on February 5, 2021, by Craig Baker of Sylmar, California. This page has been viewed 41 times since then. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on February 5, 2021, by Craig Baker of Sylmar, California. • J. Makali Bruton was the editor who published this page.
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