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

Kelso Jail

Mojave National Preserve

 
 
Kelso Jail Marker image. Click for full size.
By Don Morfe, September 22, 2007
1. Kelso Jail Marker
Inscription. After several decades, the infamous, two cell, metal jail is in its original home near the Kelso Depot Visitor Center in Mojave National Preserve. Twelve years ago, officials at the Barstow office of the Health Department wanted it removed from their grounds. Barstow residents, Kay Mahoney and her husband, took it off their hands. In the fall of 2005, Mahoney donated the Kelso Jail back to the Mojave N.P.

Bureau of Land Management Maintenance Foreman, Mike Trost, skillfully extricated the Jail which was surrounded by trees, fences and woodpiles. From the Mahoney yard, Trost and crew loaded the Jail onto a flatbed and transported it to Kelso.

World War II era Kelso resident, Richard Klepper, remembers around 1944, when the jail first arrived in Kelso, “Before that, the constable used a reefer car for a jail,” Klepper said. “In those days,” he added, “Kelso was loaded with drunks from both the Kaiser (Vulcan) Mine and Union Pacific.” A night spent in the Kelso Jail might encourage sobriety.
 
Erected by National Park Service-United States Department of the Interior.
 
Location. 35° 0.75′ N, 115° 39.216′ W. Marker is in Kelso, California, in San Bernardino County
Kelso Jail Marker image. Click for full size.
By Don Morfe, September 22, 2007
2. Kelso Jail Marker
. Marker is on Kelso Cima Road. Touch for map. The marker is attached to the Kelso Jail and is located on the grounds of the Kelso Depot Visitor Center in the Mojave National Preserve. Marker is in this post office area: Baker CA 92309, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 3 other markers are within 14 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Kelso Depot (within shouting distance of this marker); Pozos de San Juan de Dios (was approx. 10.8 miles away but has been reported missing. ); The Mojave Road (approx. 14 miles away).
 
Categories. Notable Buildings
 
Kelso Old Post Office image. Click for full size.
By Don Morfe, September 22, 2007
3. Kelso Old Post Office
Kelso-Foundation of a burned out house image. Click for full size.
By Don Morfe, September 22, 2007
4. Kelso-Foundation of a burned out house
Mojave National Preserve image. Click for full size.
By Don Morfe, September 22, 2007
5. Mojave National Preserve
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on April 13, 2015, by Don Morfe of Baltimore, Md 21234. This page has been viewed 231 times since then and 34 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on April 13, 2015, by Don Morfe of Baltimore, Md 21234. • Andrew Ruppenstein was the editor who published this page.
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