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El Garces Harvey House Hotel and Depot, Needles, California

 

El Garces Harvey Hotel, Needles, California

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El Garces Harvey Hotel, Needles, California

The El Garces Hotel today, April, 2008, Kathy Weiser.

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When the original depot was destroyed by fire; it was replaced by the El Garces Harvey House and Train Depot which was completed in 1908. The building was named "El Garces" in honor of Father Francisco Garces, a missionary who visited the area in 1776. The El Garces was considered one of the "Crown Jewels" of the entire chain and was remembered for the real linen and silver, distinctive china and fresh flowers provided for its guests daily. The lunchroom had two horseshoe shaped counters and could serve many people. Community members also utilized the facilities for elegant private dinners, banquets and special occasions. The El Garces closed as a Harvey House in the fall of 1949, at which time the building was partitioned and used as Santa Fe Railway offices.

 

In 1988, the Santa Fe Railroad moved their offices out of the El Garces to another facility and the building was closed. Sitting abandoned, the historic building was threatened with destruction until the Friends of El Garces was formed in 1993. Through their efforts, the City of Needles was petitioned to purchase the station, which occurred in 1999. Though still in the process of renovation, the City of Needles plans to reopen it as a Harvey House Hotel, including a Route 66 museum and shops, with the intention that at least part of the project would be completed by 2007. However, during our travels in April, 2008, the El Garces was still under renovation.

 

 

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