Tonopah & Tidewater  LbNA # 48804

Placed DateJul 11 2009
CountySan Bernardino
LocationLudlow, CA
Found By SnakeDoctor
Last Found Sep 6 2009
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***Warning: Unless you're independently wealthy or desperate, don't plan on purchasing fuel in Ludlow!***

On Interstate 40 between Needles and Barstow sits a little oasis in the Mojave Desert called Ludlow. Ludlow once served the Tonopah & Tidewater mining railroad. A little bit of that history is commemorated in front of the Coffee Shop that sits on the south side of I-40.

Stop in for a short history lesson written on the plaque outside. The mining cars make a great backdrop for photos, and it's a nice stop to break up the tedium of the long, straight road through the desert. During the warmer months of the year, which is most of them out here, you'll likely see some vintage cars and custom motorcycles during the daylight hours. Historic Route 66 is right down the road.

If you pick anything up at the gas station across the street from the cafe, take the receipt from the gas station to the Coffee Shop for a 10% discount.

Because this is such a busy little oasis, the letterbox is being held at the cash register in the Cafe, so you'll have to visit during business hours. They reportedly open at 8:00 a.m. and close when business gets too slow, so I'd recommend planning your visit before 5:00 p.m.