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Wall Displays at the Bagdad Cafe in Newberry Springs, California on Route 66 | by Scandblue
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Wall Displays at the Bagdad Cafe in Newberry Springs, California on Route 66

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This is the interior of the Bagdad Cafe on Route 66 in Newberry Springs, California. My friends Hans and Jonas Hannsson of Malmo, Sweden, visited this cafe during their cross country roadtrip along Route 66 in 2006 in their Volvo PV hotrod convertible.


The original photo was taken by Jonas Hansson, and with Jonas' permission, I've been selecting some of my favorite photos of their road trip along the "Mother Road" and doing some post processing... enhancing, cropping, tone mapping, special effects, etc. The original photo was not so great. I used Photoshop to crop and enhance the photo, then my Photoshop filter "Fractalius" to turn it into a digital painting/drawing.


Below is a link to Hans and Jonas' blog about their historic trip:




Bagdad Cafe, a movie centering on old Route 66, was filmed in the Newberry Springs area. The Bagdad Cafe located in Newberry Springs is not the original Bagdad Cafe, the original cafe was located in the town of Bagdad between Amboy and Ludlow on old Route 66. Nothing remains of the old cafe in Bagdad. The Newberry Springs cafe is a Route 66 survivor though and was once known as the Sidewinder Cafe. After the movie was filmed here the name Bagdad Cafe just seemed to stick. It is open for business today serving breakfast, lunch and dinner. If you are coming through the area I would recommend stopping here. Say hi to Andrea Pruett, the proprietor, while you're at it. She has done a great job of keeping the Bagdad Cafe alive for all us Mother Road fans. If you're lucky, maybe General Bob will show up and entertain you with his colorful stories from the past! The nearest large town to the Cafe is Barstow. You'll find the Bagdad Cafe between the east and west off-ramps of I-40, at Newberry Springs, east of Barstow




The area around Newberry Springs has been a source of water in the arid Mojave Desert since the earliest days. The site of Camp Cady is located a few miles from present day Newberry Springs, and was a resting place and watering hole along the Mojave River for wagon trains coming to California in the 1850's on the old Mormon Trail. In the 1880's the Atlantic and Pacific Railroad hauled tank cars of water from Newberry Springs to the stations and towns in the area making life in this arid land possible.

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Uploaded on March 28, 2009