in a wave of late 1960s Western expansion, the Barstow
Motor Lodge and Restaurant complex was opened in 1969
or early 1970. Advertisements billed it as "An
Oasis in the California Desert," and Barstow
was along a stretch of the World Famous U.S. Route 66.
under the HJ banner until 1995, by the 2000s the Motor
Lodge had been converted into a Comfort Inn while its
Restaurant had become an IHOP as early as 1990.
& Lower: Unfortunately Barstow's signature
A-frame Gate Lodge was razed and replaced with an unsightly
characterless building. However its large-scale circa
1970s "roof logo" sign was recycled by the