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National Old Trails Road

San Bernardino - Victorville - 1923

Proceeding from Victorville to San Bernardino, a distance of forty-one and five-tenths miles, the motorist immediately notices a decided difference in the riding qualities of his car, due to the change from the desert type of road to that of pavement, and this change is indeed welcome. It takes but a short time traveling over the paved road to reach the summit of Cajon Pass, from where a gradual descent is made thru Cajon Canyon to San Bernardino. This section offers continuous pavement and no steep grades are encountered. The last twenty miles of the highway parallels the Santa Fe Railroad, and as several crossings are necessary, extreme care should be used.


Victorville, 7th Street - circa 1925

Trending irregularly southward, the traveler covers sixteen miles more of the desert country to the summit of Cajon Pass, where the mountains succeed to the wilderness he has left to the rear. The towering summits of "Old Baldy" and other peaks of the San Bernardino Range form the western background to the great Mojave Desert, and the contrast to the waste and level country just traversed is an awe-inspiring one. Titans of the centuries, these lofty mountain pinnacles raise their storm-scarred battlements toward the zenith, grim monuments of time and eternity, unchanging and supreme.

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