Most High Desert residents know that Barstow was the home of the first Del Taco restaurant, but what they may not realize is that the very first Del Taco wasn’t in Barstow Proper. The very first Del Taco was founded in Yermo in 1964. This was when Arrowhead trail (also known as U.S. route 91) was the main road to Las Vegas. During that time, Yermo was home to multiple gas stations, motels, and restaurants.
When interstate 15 opened in 1968, the town of Yermo was bypassed and, like many small towns across America, a large number of the businesses which relied on the patronage of travelers closed. The first Del Taco was one of those businesses, but while Del Taco closed, another business rose in its place. On the site of the original Del Taco stands the Burger Den.