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Needles, California (Route 66)

Needles was established as a town in 1883 with the arrival of the Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Railway. The railroad played a crucial role in the development of the area, connecting it to larger markets and facilitating trade and transportation. The town quickly grew as a result of its strategic location.

Needles became an important stop along Route 66 due to its location in the Mojave Desert. Travelers used Route 66 to journey westward during the Great Depression and the Dust Bowl, seeking better opportunities in California. The road brought a steady stream of tourists, truckers, and travelers to Needles, boosting the local economy and making it a well-known stop along the route.

Route 66 Attractions in Needles, California

  1. BLM Route 66 Gateway Site
  2. El Garces Hotel and Depot (former Harvey House)
  3. Needles Regional Museum
  4. Wagon Wheel Restaurant





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