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

Sanford Cutoff

 
 
Sanford Cutoff Marker image. Click for full size.
By Michael Kindig, May 3, 2015
1. Sanford Cutoff Marker
Inscription. For centuries the Cajon Pass has been an important thoroughfare for travelers and traders between the Mojave Desert and Southern California. Following the route of the Old Spanish Trail, most travelers transited the pass on its east side. This route, however, was very narrow and rocky, and was less than suitable for wagon travel. In 1850, William T. B. Sanford constructed a much better wagon road through the West Cajon pass. This route, a few miles south of this marker, departed from the Old Spanish Trail near present day Victorville, crossed Baldy Mesa Ridge and turned down West Cajon Canyon to Mormon Rocks, then rejoined the Old Spanish Trail near the present location of the Interstate 15 Truck Scales. Known variously as the Sanford Crossing, Sanford Cutoff, or Sanford Pass Route, this westerly transit was less rocky than its eastern counterpart, but was still very steep at its summit. On the descent, cattle and wagons often slid the first fifty feet; on the ascent, it was necessary to hitch as many as 32 mules to each wagon. In 1855, Sanford and Phineas Banning constructed a new alignment about one and one-half miles west of his original road. Although it was an improvement over his earlier route, grades were still as steep as 30%. The arduous ascent and descent of the Sanford Cutoff troubled freighters until the completion of the
Sanford Cutoff Marker image. Click for full size.
By Michael Kindig, May 3, 2015
2. Sanford Cutoff Marker
John Brown Toll Road through Coyote Canyon (now called Crowder Canyon) on the east side of Cajon Pass in 1861.

William T. B. Sanford was killed in the 1863 explosion of the steamer Ada Hancock in San Pedro Harbor.

Plaque Dedicated May 3, 2015 by the Billy Holcomb Chapter of the Ancient and Honorable Order of E Clampus Vitus.
 
Erected 2015 by Billy Holcomb Chapter No. 1069, E Clampus Vitus. (Marker Number 154.)
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the E Clampus Vitus marker series.
 
Location. 34° 24.216′ N, 117° 30.969′ W. Marker is in Phelan, California, in San Bernardino County. Marker is on Manada Road, on the right when traveling north. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 8355 Manada Road, Phelan CA 92371, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 15 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Mormon Trail Monument (approx. 3.7 miles away); Stoddard-Waite Monument (approx. 7 miles away); Mormon Pioneer Trail (approx. 7 miles away); Blue Cut (approx. 10 miles away); Lytle Creek Canyon (approx. 11.9 miles away); Las Flores Ranch Barn
The Sanford Grade image. Click for full size.
Mojave Historical Society/Victor Valley Museum
3. The Sanford Grade
(approx. 12.7 miles away); Las Flores Ranch / Mojave Trail (approx. 12.7 miles away); Sycamore Grove (approx. 14.8 miles away).
 
Also see . . .
1. William T. B. Sanford. William T.B. Sanford (died 1863) was a road builder, a landowner and the second postmaster of Los Angeles, California, after it became a part of the United States. He was a member of the Los Angeles Common Council in 1853–54. (Submitted on February 10, 2015, by Michael Kindig of Long Beach, California.) 

2. The Toll Road Through Cajon Pass. The following year, freighters Phineas Banning and W. T. B. Sanford constructed a much better wagon road through the west Cajon valley. The route was not nearly as rough as the crossing on the old Spanish Trail five or six miles to the east, but it lengthened the travel by several miles and it was described as being excessively steep at the summit. (Submitted on February 10, 2015, by Michael Kindig of Long Beach, California.) 

3. Wagon Train Ranch & Co. A non-profit organization dedicated to educating school children about the past. They have a full-sized wagons, displays, and mock-ups. (Submitted on May 6, 2015, by Michael Kindig of Long Beach, California.) 
 
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Sanford Cutoff Wagon Ruts image. Click for full size.
By Michael Kindig, May 3, 2015
4. Sanford Cutoff Wagon Ruts
Clampers Awaiting the Unveiling image. Click for full size.
By Michael Kindig, May 3, 2015
5. Clampers Awaiting the Unveiling
Dedication Patch image. Click for full size.
By Michael Kindig, May 3, 2015
6. Dedication Patch
Sanford Cutoff
Billy Holcomb Chapter 1069 - ECV
Spring Doins 2015-6020
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on February 10, 2015, by Michael Kindig of Long Beach, California. This page has been viewed 494 times since then and 98 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on May 4, 2015, by Michael Kindig of Long Beach, California.   3. submitted on February 10, 2015, by Michael Kindig of Long Beach, California.   4, 5, 6. submitted on May 4, 2015, by Michael Kindig of Long Beach, California. • Andrew Ruppenstein was the editor who published this page.
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