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Needles, California

Long before the town of Needles was founded; this valley was home to the Mojave Indians for thousands of years, many of whom still live in the area today, called the Fort Mojave Indian Tribe. The area, rife with petroglyphs, pictographs, old trails and stone work, bears witness to the ancient Native Americans that lived here long before the white man entered the area.

When the railroad pushed westward at the Colorado River in 1883, the town was founded and called "The Needles,” after the sharp peaks at the southerly end of the valley. In the beginning most people traveled to Needles by rail and a wooden depot was built to accommodate the steam engines and the many travelers.

Needles, CA - Welcome

Needles, CA -  Welcome

Needles, CA - 66 Motel Sign

Needles, CA - 66 Motel Sign

Needles, CA - Closed Motel

Needles, CA - Closed Motel

Needles, CA - Colorado River

Needles, CA - Colorado River

Needles, CA - El Garces

Needles, CA - El Garces

Needles, CA - Liquor Sign

Needles, CA - Liquor Sign

Needles, CA - Mountains

Needles, CA - Mountains

Needles, CA - Old Route 66 Alignment

Needles, CA - Old Route 66 Alignment

Needles, CA - Old Station

Needles, CA - Old Station

Needles, CA - Old Texaco Station

Needles, CA - Old Texaco Station

Needles, CA - Palms Motel

Needles, CA - Palms Motel

Needles, CA - River Road Resort

Needles, CA - River Road Resort

Needles, CA - River Road Resort

Needles, CA - River Road Resort

Needles, CA - Route 66

Needles, CA - Route 66

Needles, CA - Route 66 Burger Hut

Needles, CA - Route 66 Burger Hut

Needles, CA - Route 66 Burger Hut

Needles, CA - Route 66 Burger Hut

Needles, CA - Sage Motel Sign

Needles, CA - Sage Motel Sign

Needles, CA - Sage Motel Sign

Needles, CA - Sage Motel Sign

Needles, CA - Sign

Needles, CA - Sign

Needles, CA - Signs

Needles, CA - Signs