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[*] posted on 3-5-2015 at 11:36 AM
1954 EL CAMINO REAL REPORT and maps, by Howard Gulick


While researching for the future Lower California Guidebook first edition, from 1950-1954, Howard Gulick made notes on any old trails he saw cross the few automobile roads. Gulick explored those trails and interviewed the ranchers who lived on or near them. Gulick also flew over the trails to better map and document their location. Because going to Baja inspires a desire to learn the history of the land that was California first, Gulick researched the Jesuit, Franciscan and Dominican notes on their 'highway' between Loreto and San Diego.

While Gulick does mention the mission road a couple times in the Guidebook (1956, 58, 62, 70 editions), his detailed notes and maps were never published. Harry Crosby who was introduced to the Camino Real as a photographer in 1967 working on 'The Call to California' 1968 fell in love with Baja and the history of the mission road. Using Howard Gulick's notes and maps, Harry traveled as much of the trail as possible by mule from the missions of San Jose de Comondu to San Fernando de Velicata. Crosby then followed Serra's route north into the mountains to San Isodoro and eneded at the Meling Ranch. The Dominicans first mission was at El Rosario, and Gulick takes us to that point in this 1954 report.

Highway One from El Rosario to San Diego is mostly on or parallel to El Camino Real of 1775 +.

In 1959, Howard Gulick made a revision to the 1954 report, and I have part of it (Loreto to almost San Ignacio). I will add it to this thread in the near future.

Original Credit for preserving these historic papers goes to Baja book and map collector, Norm Christie (Rockman on Nomad). This research by Howard Gulick should be preserved beyond our personal collections for future explorers and history researchers. Howard openly shared his love for Baja and helped other authors over the years. He worked closely with Harry Crosby when Harry researched his 1974 'The King's Highway in Baja California'.

Now, let's hope that my job of scanning the 21 pages (18 text pages, 3 maps) of the copied report is clear enough to read... at least most of it... ENJOY!











































About a dozen years ago, I first shared the maps and I used the Baja Almanac to show where the Camino Real was, in it. Here is that web page: http://www.vivabaja.com/ECR/

In 1977, Harry Crosby had detailed maps made of the Camino Real routes in Baja , from Loreto to Tijuana... here they are (click on the small map images to enlarge them: https://www.sandiegohistory.org/journal/77winter/bajamaps.ht...

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[*] posted on 3-6-2015 at 08:29 AM


I love these descriptions and maps. Thanks!

Any idea what happened to Gullick's notes after Crosby used them?
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[*] posted on 3-6-2015 at 08:41 AM


Quote: Originally posted by elbeau  
I love these descriptions and maps. Thanks!

Any idea what happened to Gullick's notes after Crosby used them?


Other than the copy you see above, and the 1959 revision (I will add later), I don't know of any other use for them.

When I chatted with Walt Wheelock (La Siesta Press and co-author with Gulick on the 1975 & 1980 revised 'Baja California Guidebook') back in 1984, he wanted to publish other works by Gulick, namely the large scale hand drawn maps he made. The great maps in the original guidebook were abbreviated, reduced scale versions. I saw once the large Gulick maps, they were awesome. Wheelock didn't think the market was large enough to pay for the publishing costs. Now both Gulick and Wheelock are gone, and I think Gulick's map collection is at a library at UCSD.

Here are the Lower California Guidebook Maps (1962 edition)... http://biology.fullerton.edu/biol517dje/maps/baja_1962.html
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[*] posted on 3-6-2015 at 10:36 AM


The dust cover for my copy of the guidebook mentions that additional maps are available for $1.95. Are these the more detailed maps? If so then perhaps I can find a copy of the book that also includes the maps.
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[*] posted on 3-6-2015 at 10:37 AM


400 of Gulick's images are presented online at:

http://libraries.ucsd.edu/speccoll/baja/gulick/index.html

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[*] posted on 3-6-2015 at 02:17 PM


No, the extra maps they sold separate were the same ones that were in the book but a bit smaller. Yes the Gulick photos are great. I have posted many of them. He took a lot of mission photos in the 50's and early 60's.

Here is the extra maps booklet cover...



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[*] posted on 3-6-2015 at 02:48 PM


hey mission-heads:
which canyon did the padres use to travel to/from mision san pedro martir on the east scarp of the plateau? i understand the SPM mission had a trail that went east toward san felipe,... do you know which canyon?
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[*] posted on 3-6-2015 at 06:28 PM


There were Indian trails that were also used by the padres to go to San Felipe for supplies. The main one was in El Cajon Canyon, but there was one in Agua Caliente Canyon, too.


Here is a map that shows both trails...



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[*] posted on 3-7-2015 at 08:27 AM


Does anybody have a hike report for the two trails?
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[*] posted on 3-7-2015 at 08:33 AM


Quote: Originally posted by PaulW  
Does anybody have a hike report for the two trails?


Yes, in this book (where the map above came from):








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[*] posted on 3-7-2015 at 08:39 AM


I remember reading about a hike down El Cajon Canyon from the Meling Ranch in this books, as well....





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[*] posted on 11-5-2017 at 07:53 AM


With new interest in walking or riding on El Camino Real, I am bumping this post about the first modern, detailed directions of the mission trail. Harry Crosby utilized Howard Gulick's work when he wrote The King's Highway in Baja California (1974).





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[*] posted on 11-5-2017 at 08:36 AM


Nice bump. Thanks.
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[*] posted on 11-5-2017 at 10:27 PM


Great revived post, David. I have one copy of one of Gulick's hand-drawn maps of the Laguna Salada / Sierra Juarez area inherited from my Aunt Becky McSheehy who knew Howard pretty well, and helped him with his maps to a limited extent. I treasure it, to be sure!
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Quote: Originally posted by Barry A.  
Great revived post, David. I have one copy of one of Gulick's hand-drawn maps of the Laguna Salada / Sierra Juarez area inherited from my Aunt Becky McSheehy who knew Howard pretty well, and helped him with his maps to a limited extent. I treasure it, to be sure!


Oh, can you please scan and share them???
I was so fortunate that I could meet Howard when I was a kid. It was just before our trip down to the tip by Jeep, in 1966. One of Howard's Glendale City co-workers lived near us (Andy Anderson). He was the guy responsible for informing my dad about Baja fishing and Jeep Wagoneers... and that changed my family's life! I remember Howard autographing our copy of his book.

Here are over 2,000 photographs from Howard Gulick during his trips to Baja and Nayarit for his two guidebooks: https://library.ucsd.edu/dc/collection/bb9284741j
There are about 4 photos of Andy Anderson (near Sulfur Mine and Gonzaga Bay, showing Alfonsina's under construction in 1958).




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[*] posted on 11-6-2017 at 05:08 PM


Thanks for that link, David. A great resource.
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[*] posted on 11-6-2017 at 05:37 PM


Quote: Originally posted by gueribo  
Thanks for that link, David. A great resource.


Don't expect to sleep once you begin looking at Baja in the 1950s!

Here is another great reading resource for Baja from the last century: http://leighrobertson.net/short.html




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