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Date: 05/21/20 12:29
Cruising through Bagdad ghostown on the Needles Sub.
Author: DonWinslow

An interesting place in eastern California on old Highway 66. Once a thriving town with hotels, cafes, businesses and homes. It's now a total ghostown but if ya know where to look one can still find traces of the old town. Foundations, loading dock, still an active siding and an old cemetery are still there.  The old Bagdad Cafe was a famous stop for travelers and had Saturday night dances and the only juke box for miles around. This train is eastbound at the west side of town.

Don Winslow
Glendora, CA
http://www.donwinslow.net/Railroads




Date: 05/21/20 13:17
Re: Cruising through Bagdad ghostown on the Needles Sub.
Author: bearease

Wasn't the Bagdad Cafe in a bunch of movies? And I think Huell Howser visited it in one of his shows from the 90's if I'm not mistaken.



Date: 05/21/20 13:37
Re: Cruising through Bagdad ghostown on the Needles Sub.
Author: photobob

Are there still signs of the house you were born in?

Robert Morris
Dunsmuir, CA
Robert Morris Photography



Date: 05/21/20 13:50
Re: Cruising through Bagdad ghostown on the Needles Sub.
Author: mleland

Thanks for the pic Don. I really wanted to get down there before things got too hot this year but now it sounds like it will have to be in the fall instead. 

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bagdad,_California

The Bagdad Cafe of tv\movie fame wasn't ever in Bagdad, CA. It is in Newberry Springs. What was left of the town of Bagdad was removed in 1991.

Also for a good laugh and a whole lot of "say what?" moments,  watch the below YT. 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ImpGsMenmSs



Edited 1 time(s). Last edit at 05/21/20 13:51 by mleland.



Date: 05/21/20 14:26
Re: Cruising through Bagdad ghostown on the Needles Sub.
Author: DonWinslow

mleland Wrote:
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> Thanks for the pic Don. I really wanted to get
> down there before things got too hot this year but
> now it sounds like it will have to be in the fall
> instead. 
>
> https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bagdad,_California
>
> The Bagdad Cafe of tv\movie fame wasn't ever in
> Bagdad, CA. It is in Newberry Springs. What was
> left of the town of Bagdad was removed in 1991.

I've been out there many times but a couple of years ago there was a guy with a metal detector and he was finding coins and even a few old tin cans from one of the hotels with their name on them. I may have it wrong but I think t was a Harvey House.  I did talk to a CHP officer who was stationed out there when it was still a small town. Very interesting stories from him.
>
> Also for a good laugh and a whole lot of "say
> what?" moments,  watch the below YT. 
>
> https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ImpGsMenmSs

Don Winslow
Glendora, CA
http://www.donwinslow.net/Railroads



Date: 05/21/20 14:54
Re: Cruising through Bagdad ghostown on the Needles Sub.
Author: DonWinslow

photobob Wrote:
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> Are there still signs of the house you were born
> in?

Nope. They tore it down and moved it to Dunsmuir just to haunt you.

Don Winslow
Glendora, CA
http://www.donwinslow.net/Railroads



Date: 05/21/20 15:30
Re: Cruising through Bagdad ghostown on the Needles Sub.
Author: callum_out

It's a picture of a "G" grade signal, and everyone knows the desert is flat!

Out 



Date: 05/21/20 19:20
Re: Cruising through Bagdad ghostown on the Needles Sub.
Author: wpamtk

Don't know if they do it anymore, but back in the 80s the Marine Corps would unload their armored vehicles on the loading dock spurs at Bagdad for maneuvers around Twentynine Palms.



Date: 05/21/20 19:31
Re: Cruising through Bagdad ghostown on the Needles Sub.
Author: callum_out

Mannix out on the LA&SL had circus ramps for such things.

Out 



Date: 05/21/20 21:07
Re: Cruising through Bagdad ghostown on the Needles Sub.
Author: SP4360

"G" for Gunnit

callum_out Wrote:
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> It's a picture of a "G" grade signal, and everyone
> knows the desert is flat!
>
> Out 



Date: 05/21/20 21:52
Re: Cruising through Bagdad ghostown on the Needles Sub.
Author: callum_out

Damn straight!

Out 



Date: 05/21/20 23:38
Re: Cruising through Bagdad ghostown on the Needles Sub.
Author: needles_sub

If you know where the trash dumps were, you can find may treasures from the past. Same if you can find where the out houses were. What ever fell in was rarely retrived.

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Date: 05/22/20 08:17
Re: Cruising through Bagdad ghostown on the Needles Sub.
Author: santafe199

SP4360 Wrote: > ...  "G" for Gunnit ...

Well shoot...... And here I thoght "G" stood for great composition... :^/

Lance/199



Date: 05/22/20 08:36
Re: Cruising through Bagdad ghostown on the Needles Sub.
Author: texchief1

Excellent shot, Don!

Randy Lundgren
Elgin, TX



Date: 05/22/20 09:38
Re: Cruising through Bagdad ghostown on the Needles Sub.
Author: AlcoRSD15

BTW, "Bagdad Cafe" was a terrible movie.  - E.B.



Date: 05/22/20 13:38
Re: Cruising through Bagdad ghostown on the Needles Sub.
Author: Graybeard1942

DonWinslow Wrote:
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> photobob Wrote:
> --------------------------------------------------
> -----
> > Are there still signs of the house you were
> born
> > in?
>
> Nope. They tore it down and moved it to Dunsmuir
> just to haunt you.

And indeed, just across the street from Bob, is Dunsmuir's own haunted house.  Read "The Mortician's Wife" by Maralee Lowder, the fictional history of The Mortuary House on Sacramento Avenue.



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