High Desert Memories - A Hometown Journal Commemorating Ridgecrest California
Wagon Wheel
Located at the junction of the Ridgecrest
to Trona and Red Mountain to Trona roads
  View on left  is postcard representation of the Wagon Wheel I remember as a youngster when we first came to the desert in 1943.  There was a barbecue pit out back where they used to barbecue the occasional burro.  Your right it wasn't much but it was an oasis to those travelers looking for a cold drink and some talk about the desert.  Additionally I am told there was the occasional shady lady there too!!!  I wouldn't know about that.  Photos courtesy D'Laine Brannan
  Here is pretty much what is left of the old Wagon Wheel
 
 
The "Y" is where the old Randsburg Rd "Y''d" off from the Trona/Ridgecrest road just west of Poison Canyon.  They revamped the road in the '60's to give it that north turn into the Ridgecrest road.  It was a restaraunt/bar/bawdy house until the early '50's.

***I remember the Wagon Wheel.  Do you remember the restaurant in Wild Rose Canyon?  There's a story about a gent who got shotgunned using the outhouse. (Jealous husband, I think).  My Grandma Eyre was a caretaker at the "Y" for a few years before it burned down.  She knew the Smiths who owned it in it's last days. 

Nickola Johnson (1966)

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