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Kelso Depot

Train waiting at station

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kelso station photo
Train on tracks

Kelso was a helper station, a necessary stop on the line due to the steep grade just to the north. Trains idled in Kelso while having helper engines attached to enable them to make it over the steep Cima grade. Additionally, in the arid desert setting dependable water source needed for railroad operations was not far away in the underground springs of the Providence Mountains.

Floor plan of Kelso Depot in the Mojave National Preserve


Building Exterior
Front of depot
Arcade from east
Arcade from west
Tracks from front

Main Floor
Lobby
Beanery
Theatre
Exhibit room
Exhibit room
Exhibit room
Exhibit room
Bookstore
Exhibit room
Baggage room
Ticket/Telegraph Office
Conductor's Office

Second Floor
Exhibit room
Exhibit room
Exhibit room
Exhibit room
Sleeping quarters
Sleeping quarters
Library
Map room

Basement
Meeting Room
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