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National Old Trails Road

Ludlow - Danby - 1923

National Old Trails Road maps/guide

The next portion of the desert to be traversed is that from Danby westward to Ludlow, 51.5 miles. The route extends in a semi-circle paralleling the Santa Fe Railroad the entire distance. Leaving Danby a slight up-grade is had to and thru the Marble Mountains, then gradually down-grade into Amboy. A fair desert road extends west of Danby for a short distance, then 13.5 miles of oiled macadam and fair desert road into Amboy. West of Amboy there are two routes to Ludlow; one on the north side of the railroad skirting the lava hills, and one on the south side. The south road, due to its being more improved, offers better traveling conditions.

On this section of the National Old Trails, the motorist will traverse desert country interspersed with dry lakes, low mountains, lava hills, and evidence of lava overflow from extinct craters. Driving along the trail amid the stillness of this strange environment, it is hard to realize that this was once the scene of cataclysmic convulsions of Nature's un-chained elemental forces when whole continents were submerged or destroyed. In that period, man, if then existent, was a roaming mammal hardly less fierce than the beasts he slew for his daily food. Yet the mute evidence of this time is present here in the lava mounds and empty craters of the past.

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