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[*] posted on 3-19-2019 at 02:08 PM
1947 AAA Baja Roadtrip report


Fellow baja lover shared this article with me, she said she found it while shuffling through her fathers old papers. Pretty awesome!

http://s000.tinyupload.com/index.php?file_id=046798477976050...





















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[*] posted on 3-19-2019 at 03:23 PM


We have it very easy these days! A fun read -- following along in my mind where the road crissed and crossed the peninsula.

And we whine about potholes in the road.




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[*] posted on 3-19-2019 at 05:01 PM


Thank you very much defrag4. History only happens once and when you can save it and share it with others, well, it is all that more enjoyable.

Here is a 1941 road map and log with the heavy black line being the main road (not a paved road):











Before 1971, the main road went through Comondú, not Loreto... which was on a dead end road then. Note the many places the word "Unexplored" appears. Here is a close up of a part of the map:





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[*] posted on 3-19-2019 at 05:30 PM


Excellent stuff, love it.
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[*] posted on 3-19-2019 at 09:28 PM


Awesome glimpse into the past, thanks for sharing!
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[*] posted on 3-20-2019 at 10:49 AM


David,

do you have a scan with better resolution?




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[*] posted on 3-20-2019 at 11:22 AM


Quote: Originally posted by 4x4abc  
David,

do you have a scan with better resolution?

Be more specific as to what you want to see, and I will try to help.




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[*] posted on 3-20-2019 at 11:27 AM


I would like to see image 1-4 in higher resolution
like the quality of Comondu1941

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[*] posted on 3-20-2019 at 11:50 AM


That Comondu was simply a zoom in from the upper ones... Here are a few more zoom ins:

Colorado Delta:



Pole Line Rd area:



Valle de Trinidad area:



San Quintín area:



San Felipe South:



El Rosario South:



El Mármol area:



Mission Santa María & Calamajué area:





San Borja area:



Seven Sisters:



Vizcaíno Desert:




Bahía Asunción area:



Santa Rosalía area:



Concepción Bay area:



Comondú area:



Los Cabos:





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[*] posted on 3-20-2019 at 12:57 PM


much better, David!



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[*] posted on 3-20-2019 at 01:13 PM


The 4 larger area maps are pretty high resolution (file size) so, if you just enlarge your screen zoom (hold down Alt and press +) you can zoom into an area of interest enough to see it well and it doesn't go too blurry.



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[*] posted on 3-20-2019 at 02:29 PM


Wow. That is cool.
Can you imagine...
I would love to know who was flying in Baja then and what kind of planes.
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[*] posted on 3-20-2019 at 03:30 PM


do you use a scanner?




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[*] posted on 3-20-2019 at 03:49 PM


Yes... not easy with wide, rolled paper maps!



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[*] posted on 3-20-2019 at 04:11 PM


how about the old road south of Cataviña?
any pics?




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[*] posted on 3-20-2019 at 04:23 PM


It was just a well-worn pair of ruts. If you ever did come upon another vehicle, one would need to pull fully off the road so the other could get by... Hwy. 1, before 1973!

Here are a pair of photos from an old Auto Club book showing Highway 1, 1964 edition.





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[*] posted on 3-20-2019 at 04:32 PM


Here is 'Highway 1', 21 miles south of El Rosario, as it was shown in the 1970 book 'Baja' by Doug Richmond.





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[*] posted on 3-20-2019 at 04:40 PM


The arroyo near (today's) Cataviña, also from Doug's 1970 book:



Cataviña was an abandoned site in the 1960s and early 70s. Rancho San Luis and Santa Ynez were the hot spots nearby. The modern Cataviña was born with the highway constructed through here in the Summer of 1973 as a site for one of the Paradors (rest stops) and El Presidente Hotels... plus an RV camping park, cafeteria, showers, gas station.




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[*] posted on 3-21-2019 at 10:01 AM


Great report and a cool find.
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[*] posted on 3-21-2019 at 12:24 PM


still trying to make sense of the 1930's road around Rancho Canipolé
the remnants on the ground show different than the maps
I know the scale is not that accurate, but some vitals are missing




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