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Mount Baldy-Wrightwood in San Bernardino County, California — The American West (Pacific Coastal)
 

Blue Cut

 
 
Blue Cut Marker image. Click for full size.
By Michael Kindig, October 12, 2013
1. Blue Cut Marker
Inscription.  Cajon Pass, separating the San Bernardino and San Gabriel ranges, has long been an important natural gateway. It is traversed by Indian trails, emigrant routes, railroads, and a superhighway. Early in the nineteenth century it became the southern end of the Old Spanish or Salt Lake (Mormon) Trail. In the 1840s it was the scene of massive horse-stealing raids led by Indians and renegade mountain men, in which as many as 3000 head at one time were driven eastward. The Mormon pioneers who founded San Bernardino in 1851 traveled this route. In 1861 John Brown built a 12-mile toll road through the pass. It connected with the Van Dusen Road, providing improved access to the booming mining settlements in Holcomb Valley. The lower end of Cajon Pass consists of a huge alluvial deposit two miles wide. About five miles above Devore is a narrow gorge eroded by Cajon Creek known as Blue Cut, also called Lower Narrows. A toll house for the Brown Road was located nearby. This became the logical path for the railroad, which came in 1885. It was also the route of Old Highway 66. The construction of Interstate 15 has largely removed this once familiar landmark
Blue Cut Marker image. Click for full size.
By Michael Kindig, October 12, 2013
2. Blue Cut Marker
from the public eye.

Plaque placed by the Billy Holcomb Chapter of
the Ancient and Honorable Order of E Clampus Vitus
July 23, 1994
Rededicated on October 12, 2013
 
Erected 1994 by Billy Holcomb Chapter No. 1069, E Clampus Vitus. (Marker Number 146.)
 
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: ExplorationNative AmericansRoads & VehiclesSettlements & Settlers. In addition, it is included in the E Clampus Vitus, the Mormon Pioneer Trail, the Old Spanish National Trail, and the U.S. Route 66 series lists.
 
Location. 34° 16.004′ N, 117° 27.567′ W. Marker is in Mount Baldy-Wrightwood, California, in San Bernardino County. Marker is on Cajon Boulevard, on the right when traveling east. Marker is located at the former site of the southbound California Highway Patrol Weigh Station. Only outlines of foundations remain. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: San Bernardino CA 92407, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 7 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Mormon Pioneer Trail (approx. 2˝ miles away); Lytle Creek Canyon (approx. 2˝ miles away); Stoddard-Waite Monument (approx. 2.6 miles away); Santa Fe and Salt Lake Trail
Blue Cut Marker image. Click for full size.
By Michael Kindig, May 17, 2003
3. Blue Cut Marker
(approx. 2.8 miles away); Sycamore Grove (approx. 4.9 miles away); Pioneer Women (approx. 5.2 miles away); Garces-Smith Monument (approx. 6.2 miles away); Mormon Trail Monument (approx. 7 miles away).
 
More about this marker. The marker has been restored as of 12 October 2013 -- it is no longer missing.
 
BNSF 7563 at Blue Cut image. Click for full size.
By Michael Kindig, November 11, 2007
4. BNSF 7563 at Blue Cut
Blue Cut image. Click for full size.
By Michael Kindig, April 12, 2006
5. Blue Cut
Historic Route 66 at Blue Cut image. Click for full size.
By Michael Kindig, April 12, 2006
6. Historic Route 66 at Blue Cut
Blue Cut Marker Base image. Click for full size.
By Richard Hawkins, March 23, 2013
7. Blue Cut Marker Base
Inscription plate is missing and shows marks of graffiti, stickers and paint
Blue Cut Marker image. Click for full size.
By Richard Hawkins, March 23, 2013
8. Blue Cut Marker
Marker base showing that the marker is missing.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 25, 2018. It was originally submitted on December 19, 2011, by Michael Kindig of Long Beach, California. This page has been viewed 1,551 times since then and 85 times this year. Last updated on June 25, 2018, by Craig Baker of Sylmar, California. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on March 25, 2014, by Michael Kindig of Long Beach, California.   3. submitted on December 19, 2011, by Michael Kindig of Long Beach, California.   4, 5, 6. submitted on December 25, 2011, by Michael Kindig of Long Beach, California.   7, 8. submitted on March 23, 2013, by Richard Hawkins of Phelan, California. • Andrew Ruppenstein was the editor who published this page.
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