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is a progressive community located about halfway between Las Vegas and
the cities of Southern California.
Barstow's motto is 'Crossroads of Opportunity'. That is exactly what Barstow is, a crossroad. In the past Barstow was a railroad crossroad. Today Barstow is at the convergence of I-40 into the I-15 corridor between Las Vegas and Southern California.
A Brief Barstow History:
In the late 1800's Barstow was a mining center. first silver found and mined in nearby Calico. About $90 million in silver was mined from there. By 1883, borax was also mined and became the focus of mining activities for at least the next 20 years.
As the 20th century progressed, Barstow became part of the old Route 66 and a major rail center.
In modern times, being a transportation hub and where Interstate 40 flows into Interstate 15, two of the major highway arteries in the southwest, has guaranteed Barstow a bright future.
Currently Barstow is estimated to have a population of 24,043 - July 2003. The total land area of Barstow is just over 33.6 square miles.
Annual rainfall : 4.6 inches
Average summer high temp : 102° (!!!)
Average winter high temp : 64°
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