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NEWBERRY SPRINGS, CA" D e s e r t W a t e r W o n d e r l a n d "
[slogan name by: NEWBERRY SPRINGS BUSINESS ASSOCIATION]
When it was founded in 1911 it was named WATER and for years before that, was recognized as the first water point for wagon trains west of the Colorado River.
Through archaeological activity evidence exists that indicates the presence of Indian tribes from the early ages of man. The National Geographic Society maintains a "dig" near Newberry Springs and many sites boast prehistoric finds including fossils, limestone caverns, historic sites from every age of American development.
Newberry Springs is located in the Great Mojave Desert covering around 244 sq miles of Silver Valley. (177 sq mi in the Community Services District and the other 124 sq mi is the area known as Harvard. It's all in the 257 prefix) It shares Silver Valley with Harvard, Yermo and Daggett to the east of Barstow. The boarders are Mojave River (north), Cady Mountains (east), Minneola Rd (west), and Newberry Mountain (south).
The area north of Mojave River is known as Harvard Area. Then North West is Yermo where to the north is Calico. With Daggett being West on the way to Barstow.
Two major highways cross Newberry Springs. I-15 to the north delivering traffic between L. A. and Vegas.
I-40 begins in Barstow and follows Route 66 through the Mojave Desert into Arizona. With Laughlin building up there is a lot of traffic cutting off I-15 at Barstow from L. A. going to the River Resorts at Laughlin.
The climate in Newberry Springs is mild. With annual averages of 50 to 85 degrees and the hottest getting to 110 in July and the low at 35 once in a while dipping to 10 or so in Jan-Feb. Or climbing to 120 in Jul-Aug.
The wind kicks up though and gets everyone upset, but then the rain of an average 4 inches settels the dust.
The elevation is from 1,840 to 2,100 feet, depending on where you are.
Health services are available in Barstow. They have one hospital with a 56 bed capacity, 30 physicians & surgeons, 13 dentists, five optometrista, five chiropractors and one convalescent hospital. Also the new Veterans Home.
The San Bernardino County Health Nurse holds a clinic on the third Monday of each month at the Community Center Building on Newberry Rd.
The Community Center Building was built entirely by private funds and is used 28 days out of every month for meetings or classes by one of the many local groups.
The Senior Service Assn now has its own building built from the proceeds of Bingo, Rummage Sales, Mini Center income and matching funds from the Government. It is located at 33383 Newberry Rd (257-3284).
Located on an ancient lake Newberry has a large basin of underground water. Providing precious moisture for the area. There are well over 300 man made lakes in the region, supplied from wells. A number of these lakes are public recreation resorts, some are private ski lakes, others are catfish farms and private lakes.
Ample irrigation sources have made agriculture a top pursuit in the area.
Newberry currently has alfalfa, pistachio, tomatoes and other vegi's & melons. Also cattle ranches, horse ranches and dairies.
The land contributes in other ways too, as the nearby high desert mountains are rich in mineral deposits. This is the area from which the historic twenty-mule teams hauled out valuable borax.
The area to the west of Newberry, in Daggett has been the site of several inovative new methods of producing power for the ever increasing power demands of our times.
The Daggett-Barstow Airport, a 1082 acre county owned facility, affords access to the latest in air travel, with 50,000 sq ft of manufacturing space and hundreds of acres available for future growth.
BLM wilderness lands surround Newberry Springs offering much to see and explore. ----------------------------
For more information about Newberry Springs, the current status of various projects and status of applications for land usage the County is reviewing, or general community services information please contact the Newberry Community Services District office at 30884 Newberry Rd, POBx 206 (760) 257-3613
THE ABOVE ARTICLE IS A REPRINT FROM THE "NEWBERRY SPRINGS COMMUNITY DIRECTORY" (most spelling errors corrected 6-00, 10 years after the fact.) Published by; L & P Publishing.
© Patrick J Wright 1998 - 2000
Property Owners Assn.
Chamber of Commerce
Newberry Springs is joining the 21st Century with it's own contribution to Renewable Energy with this modern Solar Facility.
At 32952 Mountain View Road. On the West side of Mountain View and Cottonwood, is a 27-acre solar farm.
Developed by Solitec a German based company. The Pannels are 27.5 feet above the ground, approximately 3 stories tall. The photovoltaic structures is in three sizes. The panels are 48-feet by 24-feet. In a full upright position, the panels are held about 3-feet off the ground by a pedistal.
The Facility will soon be taken over by new owners who will operate it providing power directly to the local grid. It will produce enough electricity to power 1000 residences. Which is just about all of Newberry Springs.