October 12, 2010
Needles- we acquired some
more footage of the Imperial Motor Inn before filming the
River Road Resort. Today we enter the Mohave Desert, a 180 mile drive from
Needles to Barstow. We are all gasses up and ready to go.
Goffs- his is the first
"Ghost Town" we visited. Like most of the Ghost towns we encountered this one
was all fenced in, except this one is being restored as a Macro-Museum. The
gates were closed and we could not get in. The
General store was not fenced in and we were able to get a closer look.
Essex- this town is west of
Goffs and most of the abandoned buildings are not fenced in. The June Wellington
Wayside cafe and another ruin across the street were open to walk around. We
found a mural on a ruin that is about to crumble. Graffiti takes the form of
"Rock Graffiti" along the embankment of the road. This Graffiti is on the north
embankment and stretched for many miles, an example is this Route 66 rock
display pictured here.
Cadiz Summit- This is not a
town, it is the first rest area for Route 66. It looks out over the desert
planes to the mountains very far away. All that remains is the plaque and the
cement footings that supported the benches abs tables that once existed. Off in
the very far distance you can see the trains, thanks to the 30X zoom
capabilities of the camera, we captured the passing of two trains. Further south
is the ruins of a
service station that serves as the only solid surfaced for graffiti artists
to practice their craft.
Chambless- This Ghost town
is completely fenced in so we could not explore beyond the fence. Across the
street is a plaque that discribes the significance of the site.
Amboy- the town sits outside
the Amboy Crater. This Ghost town has ruins both fenced in and open for
exploring. It also has Roy's Motel and Cafe that is being restored. Some people
live in this town as seen by the existence of the church. The crater is open for
closer inspection and a hiking trail to the top. Beware of Rattle Snakes,
Scorpions, and very hungry insects.
Ludlow- the town is half
alive and half in decay. To my surprise there was an active Motel where we would
have booked had we known that it existed, and an eatery as well.
We passed this old
motel sign outside of town, but the buildings were replaced with a gigantic 'No
Trespassing' sign. People around these parts just love to fence things in and
keep the world out..."mine, mine, mine" said daffy Duck in the cave of gold. The
difference in these parts is that they fence in piles of rotting garbage and
pretend it is gold, go figure.
The first thing you see is
this active RV Park with an caboose is its centerpiece.
The Bagdad cafe is an iconic
road stop forgotten by most Americans but is kept alive by Tourists traveling
the old road. Inside you can find a museum like atmosphere of old road
artifacts. It sits alone among decaying ruins neatly fenced in.
Daggett- We were
expecting to see another Ghost Town, and entering the town from the east this is
what you see, but as you continue west the the town comes to life with active
new business and old business like the Desert Market. This is the last town
before entering Barstow where we will sleep and film tomorrow. Barstow is the
first thriving town when emerging from the desert.
We stayed at the Ramada Inn
Breakfast: Cereal, Coffee
Lunch: Turkey sandwich
Dinner: Turkey sandwich, chips, wine
© Copyright 2006, Vincent Cricchio
Mêlée! You have to see it to believe it!