Back of card: NEEDLES RAILROAD DEPOT The Colorado River had a great history with its flotilla of river boats, there were 15 paddle wheel boats on the river from 1851 to 1909. It was the building of the railroads In the 1880s that started the great western land rush. At one time the price for a ticket from the Mississippi River west was $5.00 on the Santa Fe. It was in 1913 when Needles obtained the Transcontinental Highway, Highway 66, the same year the town was incorporated. The Santa Fe adopted the pull-man car but had no use for the dining cars. The trains made three stops a day at the chain of Harvey Houses that were located in the depots across the west. It was said that one never got a bad cup of coffee at a Harvey House. Today these are a thing of the past along with the ornated depots that were the vogue in the late 1800s. Stations of this period were considered a status symbol by the local chamber of commerce . . . M.P.