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Hesperia in San Bernardino County, California — The American West (Pacific Coastal)
 

Las Flores Ranch / Mojave Trail

 
 
Las Flores Ranch Marker - Side A image. Click for full size.
By Michael Kindig, June 18, 2011
1. Las Flores Ranch Marker - Side A
Inscription.
[This is a four sided monument with four different markers:]

Side A:
Las Flores Ranch
Near this spot on March 25, 1866, Edwin Parrish, Nephi Bemis and Pratt Whiteside, young cowboys employed on this ranch, were ambushed, killed and mutiliated by Piute Indians, who then burned several ranch buildings and fled down the Mojave River to the rocky narrows below Victorville.

Side B:
At or near this place was once located a Vanyume Indian village called Guapiabit, where, in 1808, the Franciscan Fray Zalvidea baptised two old men and three aged women.

The devoted father, soon to assume the administration of the Mission San Gabriel, had traveled from Santa Barbara as official diarist of an expedition sent out in quest of suitable sites for inland missions.

Side C:
Until 1924, this fenced lane was used as a part of the county road down Summit Valley from Cajon Pass.

From here, a branch road once led across the West For, just below the present bridge, and followed up the stream to connect with old lumber roads in the mountains.

Side D:
Mojave Trail
This secluded valley once bore a primitive traffic and knew the lithe tread of native feet.

The ancient Indian trail from
Las Flores Ranch Marker - Side B image. Click for full size.
By Michael Kindig, June 18, 2011
2. Las Flores Ranch Marker - Side B
the Colorado River to the coast led up the Mojave River into the mountains and climbed Sawpit Canyon to the summit of the range.

The Piute Indians, using this trail, left a pathway which guided explorer, priest and pioneer across the desert waste and over the mountain barrier.

When the Mormons came, in 1851, immigrant wagons already worn a well marked road through Cajon Pass . Threafter, the old Mojave Trail was little used.
 
Erected 1969 by Billy Holcomb Chapter No. 1069, E Clampus Vitus. (Marker Number 1.)
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the E Clampus Vitus, and the Mojave Road (Old Government Road) marker series.
 
Location. 34° 18.676′ N, 117° 19.407′ W. Marker is in Hesperia, California, in San Bernardino County. Marker can be reached from California Route 173 2 miles east of California Route 138. Touch for map. The marker is located on the Las Flores Ranch property. The plaque is in the central area among the buildings. Marker is in this post office area: Hesperia CA 92345, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 9 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Las Flores Ranch Barn (within shouting distance of this marker); Mormon Lumber Road (approx. 5.6 miles away); Mountain History Museum
Las Flores Ranch Marker - Side C image. Click for full size.
By Michael Kindig, June 18, 2011
3. Las Flores Ranch Marker - Side C
(approx. 7.3 miles away); Donald S. Wieman (approx. 7.7 miles away); Mormon Pioneer Trail (approx. 8.2 miles away); Stoddard-Waite Monument (approx. 8.2 miles away); The Daley Road (approx. 8.3 miles away); Blue Cut (approx. 8.4 miles away).
 
More about this marker. The placement of the first plaque of the Billy Holcomb Chapter was under the sponsorship of E Clampus Vitus, Platrix Chapter No. 2. It was mounted on two 4" X 4" redwood posts. In about 1972 when clearing and construction for Lake Silverwood was beginning, the ranch property owners gathered up the plaque and three other private plaques nearby [(organizations not known)] and had them engraved into granite slabs. They then built the still existing pyramid-shaped monument and mounted the granite slabs onto it.
SOURCE: Billy Holcomb Chapter 1069 35th Anniversary Plaque Book by Phillip Holdaway

The monument also bears a farm bell.
 
Categories. AgricultureExplorationNative AmericansSettlements & Settlers
 
Mojave Trail - Side D image. Click for full size.
By Michael Kindig, June 18, 2011
4. Mojave Trail - Side D
Las Flores Ranch Monument and Bell image. Click for full size.
By Michael Kindig, June 18, 2011
5. Las Flores Ranch Monument and Bell
View of monument showing Marker A.

This monument is on private property. Please respect the owner's privacy.
Las Flores Ranch Monument and Bell image. Click for full size.
By Michael Kindig, June 18, 2011
6. Las Flores Ranch Monument and Bell
View showing the Mojave Trail marker - Side D.
Las Flores Ranch image. Click for full size.
By Michael Kindig, June 18, 2011
7. Las Flores Ranch
Event Patch image. Click for full size.
By Michael Kindig, August 3, 2013
8. Event Patch
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on December 17, 2011, by Michael Kindig of Long Beach, California. This page has been viewed 1,207 times since then and 84 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7. submitted on December 17, 2011, by Michael Kindig of Long Beach, California.   8. submitted on March 1, 2014, by Michael Kindig of Long Beach, California. • Syd Whittle was the editor who published this page.
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