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Kelso Depot

Address: Mojave National Preserve, Kelso, CA
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Ranked #1,489 of 3,932 Attractions in California
Type: Historic Sites, Tourist/ Visitor Centers, Landmarks
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Type: Historic Sites, Tourist/ Visitor Centers, Landmarks
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Provincetown, Massachusetts
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225 reviews 225 reviews
75 attraction reviews
81 helpful votes 81 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 19, 2014 NEW

Even before this became the Mojave Desert Tourist Center and Museum, it was a great place to stop. Now that it offers a plethora of info it is even a more significant stop. The old depot is impressive just to look at. It is imposing as you approach and its old Spanish style is efficacious. The interior has been remodeled... More 

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Las Vegas
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33 reviews 33 reviews
13 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed December 9, 2014

We took a detour from our normal Vegas to LA weekend trip to see this attraction. While it was cool, it wasn't as billed. Everything we read suggested there would be a lunch counter. So, we drove 30 miles off the highway to have lunch here (we had a little time to kill). No lunch. The closest thing to lunch... More 

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Dallas, Texas
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206 attraction reviews
196 helpful votes 196 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 17, 2014

The restored train station is now a visitor's center for Mojave National Preserve and museum. There are 3 floors of history here covering Western railroads, the Mojave Desert, and mining. We got a talk from the park service docent, ate our box lunches that we brought with us at the picnic tables on the grounds, and spent about an hour... More 

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Salt Lake City, Utah
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149 reviews 149 reviews
11 attraction reviews
116 helpful votes 116 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 11, 2014

The restoration is very well done, and there is now a full time docent ranger. This is an informative and fun stop for anyone interested in western rail history, Art Deco architecture, WWII, the Mojave desert or mining. It is also a great respite from the midday desert heat! Highly recommended! Sadly, the lunch counter is closed and not likely... More 

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Las Vegas, Nevada
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99 reviews 99 reviews
32 attraction reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2014

My late husband and I took our two daughters here for an afternoon picnic on the lawn under the trees in front of the depot in the early 1970s. I am looking forward to visiting here again and seeing the improvements that they have made. They used to sell the biggest cookies that I had ever seen.

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Las Vegas, Nevada
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101 reviews 101 reviews
39 attraction reviews
69 helpful votes 69 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 27, 2014

The Kelso Depot is a restored train station that now serves at the visitors center for Mojave National Preserve. It has been nicely restored. Ground floor serves as information center and gift shop. Upper floor has a museum and reference library. And there is a gallery in the basement along with a scale model of the surroundings from back in... More 

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Minneapolis, Minnesota
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44 reviews 44 reviews
10 attraction reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 15, 2014

The depot has been thoroughly restored, and it is a very interesting place to visit. There is a short movie that gives you a great deal of information about the desert and animals. The restored rooms have plenty of descriptions about how they were used in the depot. The gift shop has some nice items too. This is a good... More 

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Sydney Australia
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301 attraction reviews
317 helpful votes 317 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 13, 2014

The Union Pacific line runs right through the middle of Mojave NR from Kelso Depot and out at Nipton. The line is still used today but the depot is no longer required. It has been fully restored and houses a great Museum of the area , the history , the characters & the wildlife ! The only thing lacking is... More 

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Joshua Tree, California
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7 reviews 7 reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 22, 2014

After train watching in Amboy we decided to go on over to the Kelso Depot. This depot has been beautifully restored by the national park service. You can explore all 3 stories. There is the baggage room, the ticket/telegraph room, a room decorated like employees would use and one decorated like a traveling train employee could rent. There is an... More 

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New Hampshire
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71 reviews 71 reviews
22 attraction reviews
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 21, 2014

We stopped here while traveling through the Mojave Preserve. The station has been nicely restored and has plenty of interesting exhibits inside. I enjoyed learning about the history of the depot and surrounding area. The station and background scenery make for some great photos. Note that the lunch counter is no longer open. There are picnic tables if you choose... More 

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