Historic California Posts, Camps,
Stations and Airfields
US Army Corps of Engineers Los Angeles
District History (1991)
The former Freda Railhead is located on California Highway 62
approximately 0.5 miles east of Freda, California and 2.5 miles
west of Rice, California in San Bernardino County, California.
The site comprises section 8 and the northern one-half portion
of Section 17 in T1S, R20E (San Bernardino Meridian). On July
8, 1943 the United States Department of the Interior transferred
809.5 acres by Public Land Order No. 146 to the War Department
for the cost of $10. The Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Railway
Company leased 0.615 acres to the War Department and also granted
a no-area license dated September 5, 1942 for a water pipeline
Freda Railhead was used as a railhead and campsite by the War
Department during the Desert Training Center, California - Arizona
Maneuver Area (CAMA) operation in 1943 under the command of Major
General George S. Patton, Jr. The railroad on the site was used
as a means to transport troops and equipment. Improvements to
the site consisted of five latrine buildings, four single wood
tent frames, two administration buildings and one warehouse.
All buildings were temporary structures.
Freda Railhead was declared surplus on March 10, 1944, including
land and improvements. The declaration involved retransfer of
government owned lands, cancellation of leases and disposal of
buildings and improvements. Public Land Order (PLO) No. 146 for
809.5 acres was revoked by PLO No. 348 on February 10, 1947.
The 0.615 acre lease with the Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Railway
Company was terminated October 6, 1944 and the no-area license
was terminated April 15, 1949. The property is currently owned
by the U.S. Bureau of Land Management and the railroad portion
by the Atchison Topeka and Santa Fe Railway Company.
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