Photos and Dashcam: MCLB Barstow
In April 2022, We were given the opportunity to visit Marine Corps Logistics Base Barstow along with a small group from the California Historic Route 66 Association. MCLB Barstow has long been off-limits to the general public, but it is accessible by special arrangement. The base is home to a small section of Route 66 now known as Joseph L. Boll Avenue, and in 2021 the road's Route 66 history was highlighted with unique signage and Route 66/Marine Corps road stencils, and a wonderful new monument.
Our host and escort for the day was Rob Jackson of the Public Affairs office, who was extremely gracious and patient with our car caravan of Route 66 enthusiasts, showing us around to several sites within the base, and leading a cruise off the main road through some other areas, including base housing.
|Rob Jackson of the Public Affairs office explains the itinerary to our group.|
|The grave of Walter Ross, who owned some of the land that became MCLB Barstow.|
|Our group visits some historic amphibious vehicles on display at the base.|
One highlight of this trip was a stop at the new Marine Corps/Route 66 monument, where we were greeted by the base commander Col. Pace, and some of his staff. He gave us a great overview of what they do at MCLB Barstow, and graciously answered questions. We spent some time with Col. Pace and military staff members discussing both MCLB Barstow and Route 66 history at the new monument and getting some photos of the monument and one of the new road stencils.
|These road stencils are unique to the segment of Route 66 inside the base.|
|Col. Pace (back row, left) and staff pose with the former military members of our group.|
|Col. Pace and staff spent some time with us at the USMC Route 66 monument.|
After a stop at the public affairs office, and a visit to their museum displays which were still in the process of being organized, we headed to lunch at the Route 66 Cafe on base. Afterwards we continued our caravan back on to Route 66, where we headed out the east gate and off of the main section of the base. We drove past the Route 66 town of Daggett, headed towards the MCLB Yermo Annex for a visit to the USMC Mounted Color Guard.
The Mounted Color Guard is the only remaining mounted unit in the US Marine Corps, utilizing horses supplied by the Bureau of Land Management through their Adopt A Horse and Burro Program. The Mounted Color Guard's unique duties include representation of the Marine Corps at parades and other ceremonial events all over the country. A civilian trainer, Terry Holliday, cares for the animals and educates young Marines for their duties with the Mounted Color Guard; he was very generous with his time and knowledge, showing us around the facility and relating its operations to us.
|Terry Holliday, trainer for the Mounted Color Guard, hosted and educated us at their facilities.|
|Some of the equipment used by the Mounted Color Guard.|
Immense thanks go out to Col. Pace, Rob Jackson, Terry Holliday, and everyone who was involved in organizing and supporting this wonderful visit to MCLB Barstow. Their hard work and dedication is inspiring!
Now it's time to share our latest Electric Route 66 Dashcam. This one takes us inside MCLB Barstow from the west gate to the east gate, and then continues outside the base on Route 66 to the town of Daggett. You can watch it embedded below, or follow this link to view it directly on YouTube.