Rancho Cucamonga in San Bernardino County, California — The American West (Pacific Coastal)
This road was originally part of the Old Spanish Trail, used by early California explorers and settlers as a stagecoach and trade route linking Los Angeles to Santa Fe, New Mexico. Travel along the dirt was arduous, consisting of two well-worn wheel tracks in the dirt; and rain would regularly turn the trail into a ribbon of mud. With the advent of motor vehicles, a more stable travel surface became a necessity.
The first attempt to create an all-weather road surface was in 1920 when the trail, from Los Angeles to San Bernardino, was paved 18-feet wide with rigid Portland cement concrete. A portion of the rigid concrete can be seen from this view point. Although the concrete pavement was a vast improvement over the original dirt trail, within a few years heavy use of the road caused the rigid concrete to fracture and break into sections, causing trade and travel to suffer as road conditions deteriorated.
By 1929, the second attempt to create an all-weather road surface resulted in the rigid concrete being resurfaced with bituminous Macadam-type pavement, which can also be seen in portions on the concrete and along the sides. While they may look similar, Macadam is actually a predecessor
In 1941, Foothill Boulevard was realigned to its present location and paved with early versions of today’s road asphalt. This segment of original road, which served as U.S. Highway 66, was abandoned and sat forgotten for years.
With the construction of the Route 66 Trailhead, visitors can now visualize how Foothill Boulevard might have looked during the early 1900s and imagine what this area looked like to people traveling to California on the old Route 66.
Marker series. This marker is included in the Old Spanish National Trail, and the U.S. Route 66 marker series.
Location. 34° 6.312′ N, 117° 37.132′ W. Marker is in Rancho Cucamonga, California, in San Bernardino County. Marker is on East Foothill Boulevard east of Baker Avenue, on the left when traveling east. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 8500 East Foothill Boulevard, Rancho Cucamonga CA 91730, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least Bear Gulch (approx. 0.3 miles away); Red Hill (approx. half a mile away); Tapia Adobe Site (approx. half a mile away); Cucamonga Winery (approx. half a mile away); Cucamonga Service Station (approx. 1.4 miles away); Madonna of the Trail (approx. 1.9 miles away); George Chaffey, Jr. (approx. 1.9 miles away); Olive Mill (approx. 2˝ miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Rancho Cucamonga.
More about this marker. Located in the Route 66 Trailhead park. Other displays describe the historic Pacific Electric Railroad, and the local citrus industry.
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Credits. This page was last revised on July 23, 2018. This page originally submitted on July 23, 2018, by Craig Baker of Sylmar, California. This page has been viewed 40 times since then. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on July 23, 2018, by Craig Baker of Sylmar, California. • Syd Whittle was the editor who published this page.