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Address: Mojave National Preserve, Kelso, CA
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Still a nice stop in the middle of the Mojave

Kelso Depot was built as a stop for trains traveling east from Los Angeles. Trains would stop here and allow passengers to step off, stretch their legs and have a meal. The depot... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed August 17, 2015
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Los Angeles, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2015

Kelso Depot was built as a stop for trains traveling east from Los Angeles. Trains would stop here and allow passengers to step off, stretch their legs and have a meal. The depot retains much of the original charm of what it must have looked like in 1925. There is ample parking, restrooms, and a small museum of the Mojave,... More 

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hampshire uk
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 86 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2015

This station is full of interesting information not just the history of the station but the Mojave desert as well. The museum is free and we were lucky enough to be there as a train came through. A must stop and see

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Coventry, United Kingdom
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21 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 46 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2015

We made time to stop here on our way from LA to Las Vegas. The building was such a surprise, with more history than expected. We also picked up some information on the Desert Tortoises which we found fascinating! The rangers inside were really friendly and were completing a jigsaw puzzle in between welcoming any visitors. There are still trains... More 

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Zaltbommel, The Netherlands
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 148 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2015

We drove up here "the hard way" of "the wrong way" of "the holey way" according to the ranger in the Depot. Best road from Las Vegas is exit 272 to cima. We came from the Nipton road and had to dodge lots of holes and cracks in the road. Well the Depot was worth while this trip. It looks... More 

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Auckland Region, New Zealand
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 46 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 9, 2015

This is an old train depot, but that is all we know. We drove here from Amboy and arrived around sunset, the building bathed in a golden glow. The architecture is beautiful and huge date palms out the front. Being late in the day, we felt a bit vulnerable and I think you would have to be careful of your... More 

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Augusta, Georgia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 9, 2015

We enjoyed learning more about the history of the area, importance of the railroads, mining, homesteading, etc. Use of the old depot is nicely done. So glad enough folks rallied when the building was under consideration for demolition. I gave four stars due to the unusual interactions with the staff. Not the most friendly or forthcoming. Just left me feeling... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 42 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 24, 2015

Well, if you are exploring Mojave State Preserve then you're going to have to pass through Kelso, so you might as well have a look around. The old railway station has some nicely preserved rooms, ticketing etc. a small art exhibition and there is good museum display. The shop has a wide product range and I picked-up some good books... More 

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Vail, Colorado
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 24, 2015

I only saw the outside of the depot and peeked in the windows since it wasn't open as early as we were there, but it was fun to photograph and I loved the look of the lunch counter!

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Adelaide, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 16, 2015

I found this a great place to take in the peace and tranquillity of the desert. No there is not much to see, but i think thats what makes it a nice place to visit

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Burlington, Washington
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3 attraction reviews
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed May 12, 2015

This town is hardly a "ghost town," though it's billed as such. There are some remnants of history here, along with a friendly Park Service visitor center. But the pothole strewn road and the diversion here are not worth driving out of your way for. Stop by if it's not really out of your way.

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