El Garces Hotel at Needles, California

In Today's Kim's Adventure we're starting off on our journey for our cross country road trip. The first stop we make is to Needles California. The town became an important railway stop which prompted the Fred Harvey Railway company to build the neoclassical El Garces Hotel and Santa Fe station in 1908. Fred Harvey Managed a line of cafes and hotels known for their friendly service and nice dining facilities. The El Garces was the “Crown Jewel” of the entire chain, remembered for having real silverware and fresh flowers daily. But as travelers increasingly took to the road the El Garces popularity started to wane. It eventually closed for business in 1949 and was left abandoned in the 80’s. Threatened with demolition, the Friends of El Garces was formed in 1993, and through their efforts the city of Needles was petitioned to purchase the station in 1999. Today the building serves as a local event and community center with spaces available for lease.

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