BARSTOW • A local cafe will be recognized Sunday by a historical all-male organization whose mission is to preserve Western history in lesser-known parts of San Bernardino County.

The society of The Honorable and Ancient Order of E Clampus Vitus will be recognizing Slash X Cafe, 28040 Barstow Road, as a tribute to the desert institution's preserved history.

Built in 1953, the cafe — believed to have the largest and oldest beam in San Bernardino— was used to serve meals to ranch hands and the local farming community.

The organization picked the off-highway cafe because so many of its members, including the president of the historical organization, Cass Ellsworth, have frequented the site for so many years.

"It's a part of off-highway and desert history," Ellsworth said.

According to Bryan Lynn, owner of the Slash X Cafe, it is a great recognition, and the plaque will not only memorialize the cafe but it will also give them bragging rights.

"We are going to be part of so many other great San Bernardino sites that have been recognized," Lynn said.

Lynn bought the cafe seven years ago but has known about Slash X Cafe since the 1970s, when he had visited for a race.

"I've enjoyed everything about the area and the large amount of history it offers," Lynn said. "The plaque will definitely become a conversation piece."

The recognition of the cafe will also be a weekend gathering and will include an initiation into the historical organization's Billy Holcomb chapter.

During the weekend, 700 members will be camping out at the cafe's vast surrounding landscape and will end the commendation with a dinner and a ceremony placing the plaque at the front of the cafe.

"The Slash X Cafe is a historic place and unique place, it's been here for quite a while," said Ellsworth. "We thought this was important."

Yearly the organization recognizes two historical sites — once in the spring and again in the fall — and places commemorative plaques in their honor.

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