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Address: Amargosa, Death Valley Junction, Death Valley National Park, CA 92328
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Recommended length of visit: <1 hour
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This historic railroad never made it to either Tonopah or Tidewater, but...

This historic railroad never made it to either Tonopah or Tidewater, but ran 250 miles from Ludlow to Goldfield.

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Only a model railroad, but one of the top attractions in town.

As you might expect, there aren't a lot of options here at the gateway to Death Valley. I was pleasantly surprised to find this one. More so, because it was open. They seem to... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 27 July 2016
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Orange, Texas
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 July 2016

As you might expect, there aren't a lot of options here at the gateway to Death Valley. I was pleasantly surprised to find this one. More so, because it was open. They seem to have irregular hours.

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Buena Park, California
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 May 2016 via mobile

We stopped by there last week. They were completely closed down. The inside was empty and the sign on the building was gone. It was disappointing. We really had enjoyed our previous visit.

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Redondo Beach, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 March 2016

More information than most would know about the many histories of the Death Valley area. Open on Wednesdays and Saturdays.

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Hampton, Georgia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 October 2015

Please read the other informative reviews for more details but I want to add a little that may help. Currently, the museum is open on Thursdays and Saturdays. We were staying at the adjoining hotel and went by before they opened and looked in the window. From the window, it doesn't look like much but don't let it turn you... More 

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Encinitas, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 August 2015

Great little museum in Death Valley Junction, adjacent to the Amargosa Hotel, and across the parking lot from the Amargosa Opera House. I did not know this new museum even existed, so decided to stop in. The local volunteers are very knowledgeable about the history of the rail line, and are more than happy to give you an in-depth tour.... More 

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Henderson, Nevada
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 August 2015

This museum is still a work in progress, but there are several parts of it that are completed. The history of transporting borax in the old mining days between California and Nevada is actually pretty fascinating. The volunteers who work at this museum are extremely knowledgeable about the entire area from the borax processing plants in California, to the borax... More 

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Sunnyvale, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 February 2014

We visited the Tonopah and Tidewater Railroad Museum in October 2013 when we needed a short break on our trip from Death Valley to Las Vegas. In the end we stayed for one and a half hour at the Tonopah and Tidewater Railroad Museum because we couldn't stop asking about the history of this railroad and watching the miniature trains... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 March 2002

Much of the old railroad grade of the now abandoned Tonopah & Tidewater runs along California 127. Covering all of the rout would take a couple of days, ut some of the interesting sections can be visited in a one day outing from Las Vegas. Head west on Blue Diamond Road from I-15 south of the city. This will take... More 

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