Rt 66 - Siberia, Cal

Visit Date: October 5, 2015

You don't need a visa to go to Siberia. At least, the one in California. You will need to use some mapping skills and your imagination though, to get there.

Siberia was originally founded as a water stop and rail siding for the Sante Fe Railroad, which later also became a motorist stop for travelers along Route 66. It was located between Bagdad and Ludlow and must have had some years of minor prosperity. Cafes and tourist camps operated here during the 1930s and 1940s, but things never quite took off.

With the opening of I-40, which bypassed the town, no one stopped in Siberia anymore and by 2001, almost all traces of the town had been removed.

All I was able to find when I visited was the crumbling stone and cement block ruins of what might have been a service station, cafe or railroad building. But if you use your imagination, it can be whatever you want it to be. Two trains went by in the few minutes I was there. I think there are some other ruins or foundations in the area that I didn't see, but that's all the excuse I need for a return trip.

A short video along Route 66, from Daggett to Chambless. Please like, subscribe and comment on my Youtube channel.

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