Railway Paradise: How a Fine-Dining Empire Made the Southwest Palatable to Outsiders

Near a dusty stretch of train track on the outskirts of Barstow, California, the imposing Casa del Desierto—or House of the Desert—stands silent, its arched colonnade emptied of the railroad passengers, restaurant diners, and overnight guests who once visited its el…

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