Fort Mojave Indian Tribe supports Route 66 Railway Day

The Needles Chamber of Commerce and Needles Downtown Business Alliance accepts a $500 donation from the Fort Mojave Indian Tribe for the inaugural Route 66 Railway Day event. The celebration takes place from 8 a.m. to noon Saturday, May 12, in Santa Fe Park. Pictured are (l to r) Norvin McCord, FMIT Council Member, Pam Blake of the chamber; Shan Lewis, FMIT Vice-Chairman; Jan Jernigan of the NDBA; Cellina Reyes, FMIT Council Member; Lyn Parker of the chamber; and Nichole Garcia, FMIT Council Member.

NEEDLES — Celebrate the history of cross-continental motorized transportation Saturday, when Route 66 Railway Day arrives in Santa Fe Park.

The picturesque park is adjacent the El Garces intermodal transportation facility; a restored Harvey House, along Front Street between G and F streets. The fun continues from 8 a.m. to noon.

Conducted by the Needles Chamber of Commerce and the Needles Downtown Business Alliance, food and craft vendors, tours of El Garces, photo ops with a larger-than-life replica of Charles Schulz’ cartoon character Spike, a 9 a.m. performance by the River Valley Dancers and more are features of the event.

The event is held in conjunction with similar celebrations the same day in Barstow, San Bernardino and Los Angeles with help from the Los Angeles Railroad Heritage Foundation and the California Historic Route 66 Association and inspired by the Elrond Lawrence book ‘Route 66 Railway: The Story of Route 66 and the Santa Fe Railway in the American Southwest.’

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