Blue Cut

Blue Cut (HM1DUN)

Location: San Bernardino, CA 92407 San Bernardino County
Country: United States of America

N 34° 16.004', W 117° 27.567'

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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 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
Details
HM NumberHM1DUN
Series This marker is part of the E Clampus Vitus series, and the U.S. Route 66 series.
Tags
Marker Number75
Year Placed1994
Placed ByBilly Holcomb Chapter No. 1069, E Clampus Vitus
Marker Condition
3 out of 10 (1 reports)
Date Added Saturday, October 11th, 2014 at 5:00pm PDT -07:00
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Photo Credits: [1] DARREN KERR  [2] DARREN KERR  
Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)11S E 457703 N 3791826
Decimal Degrees34.26673333, -117.45945000
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 34° 16.004', W 117° 27.567'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds34° 16' 0.24" N, 117° 27' 34.02" W
Driving DirectionsGoogle Maps
Area Code(s)909, 760
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 467-625 Historic Route 66, San Bernardino CA 92407, US
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Bad news the monument has been vandalized just paint but it's pretty bad

Mar 10, 2019 at 10:53am PDT by kerr16651

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