East of Ludlow,
California, Dave Alexander, 2015.
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Interstate 40 left in its a wake more than 100 miles of old
that is today littered with
ghost towns. From,
California all the way to
Ludlow, where the
Mother Road picks back up with I-40, the desert
is littered with relics from the past and little more.
While driving this dry, barren stretch of battered highway, one can only
imagine how difficult it would have been to have traveled it as a fleeing
dust bowler in the 1930s. With dreams of "beautiful
and its golden opportunities dancing in their heads, what a let down it
must have been to arrive in this sweltering bit of desert.
you are a
ghost town enthusiast, this old stretch of the road is a dream come
true with a plethora of crumbling buildings and photo opportunities. But if you're looking for quaint stopping points, curio stands, or open
gas stations, restaurants or motels, you won't find it on this abandoned
piece of pavement.
Exiting off of I-40 at US 95 North, you
will turn left onto Goffs Road, which will lead you down a forty mile
stretch of near nothingness.
This pre-1931 alignment of
was once home to several towns, nothing of which can be seen today,
including Ibis, Bannock, and Homer, before reaching what is left of
Goffs - A Crusty Ghost
town has a few interesting remnants including an old General Store
and a 1914 schoolhouse that has been renovated by the Mojave Desert
Heritage and Cultural Association, and now houses a museum. The
association maintains a collection of historical materials inside the
schoolhouse and dozens of artifacts outside, including vehicles and
mining equipment. The rest of the town was a lonely sight
with nary a soul around and littered with junk and falling down relics
of the former mining industry.
On to what was once the small town of
Route 66 crosses under I-40 and continues on to Essex, where you
can see the post office and the remains of an old gas station, out in
the middle of nowhere. Beyond Essex, were once the towns of Danby and
Summit, of which nothing remains today.
Continuing your journey down this crusty
path of road you will soon come to a once popular stop at Chambless,
California, then on to
Ludlow and Daggett.