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San Bernardino County, California

92310, 92311, 92312

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Statistics & Facts

The California state capital is Sacramento.
The population of Barstow is approximately 23,628 (2006), 22639 (2010).
The approximate number of families is 9,153 (2000), 8085 (2010).
The amount of land area in Barstow is 59.344 sq. kilometers.
The amount of land area in Barstow is 33.59 sq. miles.
The amount of surface water is 0 sq kilometers.
The distance from Barstow to Washington DC is 2352 miles.
The distance to the California state capital is 357 miles. (as the crow flies)
Barstow is positioned 34.87 degrees north of the equator and 117.06 degrees west of the prime meridian.
Barstow elevation is 2,106 feet above sea level.
Barstow per capita income is $ 16,132 (2000).
Barstow median income is $ 40,900 (2005).
The Barstow median home price is $ 185,600 (2005).
Barstow average annual rainfall is 4.64 inches per year
Barstow average annual precipitation is 4 inches peryear.
Barstow average annual humidity is 42%
Barstow average temperature is 62.3 degrees F.
The average low temperature is 44.8 degrees F.
The average high temperature is 79.7 degrees F.


in the heart of the high desert of San Bernardino County in southern California about 69 miles from Riverside and about 107 miles from Los Angeles. Other nearby communitiesinclude Lenwood, Nebo Center, Apple Valley, victorville, Mountain View Acres, Adelanto, Hesperia and Boron.
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seasonal though exteme temperatures are sometimes in the norm. Summers may be very hot with many days over 100 degrees. Winter temperatures, on the other hand, may be in the low 30's. During all seasons the temperature variations are large. Though not prevalent during winter, snowfall is not uncommon.
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History & History Related Items

Barstow is a former frontier town, which is an outfitting area for expeditions into Death Valley. It was once a desert junction for overland wagon trains. Barstow was settled in the late 1840ís. Railroads were built to transport ore and workers in the mines of Calico and Daggett. The Southern Pacific Railroad was first coming in 1883. A portion of the line was transferred to the Santa Fe in 1884. The owner of the Santa Fe was William Barstow Strong for whom the city was named. Previous to its naming as Barstow, the area was known as Grapevine, Waterman Junction and Camp Sugarloaf. Three major highways, including I-15 and 40, now come into the Barstow area, helping the tourist trade and the economy. Barstow is a major, fast-growing city in Southern California.

Here is a history page for Barstow.
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The founding of Barstow


The incorporation of Barstow

30 September 1947


Calico Ghost Town
10 minutes from Barstow
Take Ghost Town Road exit from the I-15
Phone: 800-TO-CALICO
California Historical Landmark Number 782
A real place back in time for you to explore. Abandoned in 1881, Calico looks like it did then. Take a tour, stay overnight, enjoy exploring!

The Mother Road Museum
681 N. First Avenue
Barstow, CA 92311
Phone: 760-255-1890
This museum is dedicated to memorabilia of the historic Route 66, also known as the Mother Road.

A fun food stop in Barstow is the Barstow Station made from side by side railroad cars. Food, offices and shops may be found here right off the I-15 freeway.

Mojave River Valley Museum
270 Virginia Way
P.O. Box 1282
Barstow, CA 92312
Phone: 760-256-5452

Desert Discovery Center
831 Barstow Rd.
This museum houses the Old Woman Springs Meteorite, the second largest ever found in the country.

Western America Railroad Museum
685 North First STreet
Barstow, CA 92311
Phone: 760-256-WARM

Marine Corps Logistics Base
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Barstow City Government

City of Barstow
220 E. Mountain View St.
Barstow, CA 92311
Phone: 760-256-3531

Barstow Chamber

Barstow Chamber of Commerce
409 E. Fredricks St.
Barstow, CA 92312
Phone: 760-256-8617
Toll-free: 877-4-BARSTOW

Barstow Organizations

Barstow Chamber of Commerce
409 E. Fredricks St.
Barstow, CA 92312
Phone: 760-256-8617
Toll-free: 877-4-BARSTOW

Barstow Libraries

Barstow Branch Library
304 East Buena Vista
Barstow, CA 92311
Phone: (760) 256-4850
Part of the San Bernardino County Library System.

Barstow Schools

Barstow Unified School District
551 South Avenue H
Barstow, CA 92311
Phone: 760-255-6000

Barstow Community College Barstow


The population of Barstow was:
1990 - 21,472
2000 - 21,119
2005 - 23,575
2006 - 23,628

Median age:
2000 - 32.1 years

Median household income:
2000 - $ 35,069
2005 - $ 40,900

Median house value:
2000 - $ 75,700
2005 - $ 185,600

Barstow is locatedin the Pacific Time Zone and does participate in Daylight Savings Time throughout the Spring and Summer months.

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