Moving Ahead Of Newberry
Posted: January 13, 2022
Newberry Springs Community Alliance
'For greater insight of Newberry Springs.'
by Ted Stimpfel
The community residents of Daggett are watching the
seeding of a possible rebirth of their town. The excitement
is over a few residents taking the lead to develop the town as
a tourist road stop.
Despite Daggett's terrible mismanagement of their
historical scenic viewscape by welcoming solar power development,
Daggett is attempting to capitalize upon its rich mining history, its
old remaining historical structures, and fable folklore.
A key structure is the Alf Blacksmith Shop, an old
barn-like building of great weathering. Of fascinating interest
are Daggett's historical wooden wagons and Alf's many original tools
used to build and maintain the wooden transports.
Disappointing. however, is the lack of preservation.
The Alf site and its contents are of historical significance and
deserve far better protection against storms, fire, and the drying
effect of the desert's heat.
Community preservation efforts have involved the old Stone
Hotel on Santa Fe Street. Other interesting structures in Daggett
include the Fout's Garage, the Desert Market, and the Russian House.
Next door to the Russian House is Mugwumps, a former service station
that was last used as a print shop.
Mugwumps is now being renovated into a tourist information
center for visitors and is planned to have a gift shop and a small restaurant.
While the talk is to make Daggett into a tourist
destination, it is likely that it will only be a brief, but interesting,
stopover Point of Interest that will compliment Calico.
With Daggett now being engulfed by the surrounding solar
power developments, the flavor and the romantic atmosphere of the Old
West expanse, that tourists seek, are gone forever.
Daggett's population of only 200 is outpacing Newberry's
stagnant population of over 2,200 in the actual movement of community
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