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Old Spanish Trail -
Forks of the Road
Forks of the Road, predecessor to the I-15 and I-40 freeway fork/interchange in Barstow, CA.
The fork on the left heads northeast along the Old Spanish Trail toward Utah while the fork on the right finds it's way along the old Mojave Indian Trail toward Needles and the Colorado River.
John C. Fremont Expedition
On April 23rd the party made a long march of 33 miles, arriving at the Junction (later Forks of the Road), the point at which the trail left the river in a northeasterly direction. The next day they continued along the river for another eight miles and encamped for the night. Upon resuming the trek, Fremont stated, "We left the river abruptly, and, turning to the north, regained in a few miles the main trail, (which had left the river sooner than ourselves) and continued our way...."
Coues/Garces - Crossing the Mojave Another Beneme Rancheria
"From Camp Cady to Grapevine (Jacobi's) is about 25 miles; at 11 miles of this distance is a point called Forks of the Road, where a road to Salt Lake City branches. ..."