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

Railroads Revolutionize Transportation

 
 
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By Denise Boose, May 18, 2015
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Inscription. By the late 1800s, transcontinental railroads were uniting the nation. The Southern Pacific was the first to cross the Mojave Desert in 1883. Train routes provided economical transportation for raw materials like minerals and cattle to larger markets such as Los Angeles. Short lines developed, creating a web of routes serviing remote desert valleys.
 
Location. 35° 26.15′ N, 115° 42.083′ W. Marker is in Nipton, California, in San Bernardino County. Marker is on South Interstate 15, on the right when traveling west. Touch for map. Located in the Valley Wells Rest Stop. Marker is at or near this postal address: South Interstate 15, Nipton CA 92364, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 5 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Ranching and Mining (here, next to this marker); Who Has Lived Here? (a few steps from this marker); Movement in the Desert (a few steps from this marker); Western Expansion (a few steps from this marker); Valley Wells (was within shouting distance of this marker but has been reported missing. ).
 
Categories. Settlements & Settlers
 
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By Denise Boose, May 18, 2015
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The Kelso Depot was one of several train stations built by the Union Pacific Railroad in the early 1920s. Although these stations were all built at remote desert locations, the UP designed them in the ornate Spanish Mission Revival Style to compete with the Santa Fee Railroad's Harvey Houses. Today the Kelso Depot serves as the Visitor Center for Mojave National Preserve.
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Abandoned boxcar from the Tidewater and Tonopah, a short line connecting mines in the Beatty. Nevada area with the Southern Pacific Railroad at Ludlow, California from around 1906 to 1940.
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First train into Dagget on the Southern Pacific,1883.
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Kelso was a company town, and a one-room school served residents until 1975.
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Steam locomotive leaves Lanfair on the California Eastern, in operation form 1895 until 1902.
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By Denise Boose, May 18, 2015
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Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on June 1, 2015, by Denise Boose of Tehachapi, California. This page has been viewed 156 times since then and 29 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9. submitted on June 1, 2015, by Denise Boose of Tehachapi, California. • Andrew Ruppenstein was the editor who published this page.
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