Welcome to Barstow
At the junction of I-40 and I-15, nearly halfway between LA and Las Vegas, Barstow has been a desert travelers’ crossroads for centuries. In 1776 Spanish colonial priest Francisco Garcés caravanned through, and in the mid-19th century the Old Spanish Trail passed nearby, with pioneer settlers on the Mojave River selling supplies to California immigrants. Meanwhile, mines were founded in the hills outside town. Barstow, named after a railway executive, got going as a railroad junction after 1886. After 1926 it became a major rest stop for motorists along Route 66 (Main St). Today it exists to serve nearby military bases and is still a busy pit stop for travelers.