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Kelso Depot

Address: Mojave National Preserve, Kelso, CA
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Ranked #1,207 of 3,882 Attractions in California
Type: Historic Sites, Tourist/ Visitor Centers, Landmarks
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Dallas, Texas
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417 reviews 417 reviews
204 attraction reviews
190 helpful votes 190 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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111 helpful votes 111 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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32 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 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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38 attraction reviews
59 helpful votes 59 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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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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289 attraction reviews
304 helpful votes 304 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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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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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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Las Vegas, Nevada
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26 attraction reviews
77 helpful votes 77 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 29, 2013 via mobile

This is an old Union Pacific depot built in 1924 that was almost demolished. Luckily, it was saved and fully restored by the National Park Service (one of the few examples of the government actually doing something good). The depot is beautiful and houses a small museum and a functioning lunch counter. Sadly, the lunch counter is scheduled to close... More

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Boulder City, Nv
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 28, 2013

Went out to see the Depot at Kelso because I was having to stay in Baker CA and needed some time to kill. I was disappointed because it is closed on Wednesdays and Thursdays now and those were the nights I was there. I have been there before and really do enjoy it. The Nation Park Service did a very... More

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