Barstow Mines

Barstow Mines


Barstow is a city in San Bernardino County, California, United States. The population was 22,639 at the 2010 census. Barstow is located 55 miles (89 km) north of San Bernardino.  The Barstow Mines have a rich and wild history.

Mining History

Barstow’s roots partly lie in the rich mining history of the Mojave Desert following the discovery of gold and silver in the Owens Valley

Barstow Mines

and in mountains to the east in the 1860s and 1870s. Due to the influx of miners arriving in Calico and Daggett, railroads were constructed to transport goods and people. The Southern Pacific built a line from Mojave, California through Barstow to Needles in 1883. In 1884, ownership of the line from Needles to Mojave was transferred to the Santa Fe Railroad. Paving the major highways through Barstow led to further development of the city. Much of its economy depends on transportation. Before the advent of the interstate highway system, Barstow was an important stop on both Routes 66 and 91. The two routes met in downtown Barstow and continued west together to Los Angeles.


34.896666° -117.019749°
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Pedry Mine: 34.965923, -117.126339
Hoosier & Missouri: 34.958310, -117.130566
Waterman Mine: 34.961592, -117.029194
Desert King Mine: 34.959969, -116.977774
Falls Mine: 34.963570, -116.970833
American Borax Mine: 34.928774, -116.932750
Lead Mountain: 34.919710, -116.934830
Hope Mine: 34.919906, -116.944344
Piper Group: 34.913812, -116.969483
Darby Mine: 34.909053, -117.069229
Monarch Minerals: 34.883747, -116.928751

Most sites can be visited with a high-clearance 2 wheel drive vehicle.  Only a small amount of sites require 4×4.  This site is very hot and dry during the summer months, with an average high of 105F during July.  Bring plenty of water!


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