Like many other towns in the Mojave desert, Danby was originally a water stop for steam locomotives owned by the Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Railway Company. Route 66 was built many years later and like many of the other towns you've seen here, it was soon followed by a gas station, cafe and garage. Also, like many other towns along Route 66, it died when the new Interstate Highway (I-40) bypassed the area.
Other than the building below, there is really nothing left of the original town of Danby. I've been told that the old town dump is close by, so maybe next time we'll look for it.
The long and lonesome Route 66 cutting across the mighty Mojave Desert.
The remaining building looks like an auto repair garage. At some point in this building's history, some wise person decided that it was worth saving. At first glance, a passerby would wonder why. If you enlarge the photo, you can see a train crossing the desert in the right background.
Here is the reason! This mural was supposedly painted on the building in about 1915. It is easy to see what it is, but I can't find a single clue as to who painted it and why. I was also unable to find any vintage photos of Danby.
There was so little to look at, that my wife decided to stay in the jeep and enjoy the A/C.
There aren't many structures for graffiti out here, so people have taken to leaving messages made of rocks along the roads. During World War II, there was an Army training airfield very near Danby. It was called Camp Danby and was one of the nine airfields that made up the sprawling Desert Warfare Training Center under the command of General George Patton. To this day, it still holds the record of the largest military base ever. One of these days, I'll do a post on it. It is pretty interesting.
I still have many posts to do on these ghost towns and other desert oddities. I also have MANY other photo and written posts piling up and I really should start working them in again.