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[*] posted on 7-10-2019 at 10:44 PM


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[*] posted on 7-10-2019 at 10:46 PM


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Quote: Originally posted by 4x4abc  
that mule trail was quite elaborate
it could easily be mistaken for Jesuit work


Interesting us of the word “work.” I don't think jesuits did any work. I think the jesuit’s indigenous slaves did all of the work, and original routes/paths were created by indigenous people long before jesuit imperialist missionaries arrived.


with "work" I had the layout and detail in mind - not the actual work
agree with you on the slave part

Boleo wasn't any better
the laborers were pretty much owned by the company




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[*] posted on 7-11-2019 at 09:22 AM
Arthur North expedition 1905-1906


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David, maybe you can help with this one. In Arthur North's book where he chronicles his near death experience walking through the Viscaino trying to find the trail that led to San Ignacio it turns out that the natives said that he took the road least used.
That most people came into town using a different more traveled road. I think that he lost his bearings and never reached the more traveled junction. Would you be able to trace out the route he took vs the route he should have? I remember as they struggled along he found the Camino Real trail by its hallmarks of being out lined somewhat by stones and later on a number of lonely road side graves.


Yes indeed!
I first read Camp & Camino when I was in Jr. college as they had it in their library. I have since read it again maybe twice. I have the original 1910 edition and the 1977 edition with a bunch of photos added by Dr. Michael Mathes.

Here is the map by North of the area:



The dashed lines are trails and along the trail North rode are x's. From Santa Gertrudis he traveled to the gold mines of Calmalli and then to the water hole of Ojo de Liebre (from which Mexican government mappers renamed Scammon's Lagoon). He shows San Pablo on the map along the Camino Real (west or Pacifico branch) between Santa Gertrudis and San Ignacio.

Let me refresh my reading as to why he went to Ojo de Liebre and risked death for lack of water in doing so...

OK, I read the chapters from before getting to Santa Gertrudis, to Calmalli, to Ojo de Liebre, to San Angel, to San Ignacio, to Santa Rosalia.

The reason I couldn't remember why North didn't stick to El Camino Real south from Santa Gertrudis is that he doesn't say!
There is a mention of seeing his first Baja antelope (pronghorn) on the way to Ojo de Liebre, so perhaps that is why he crossed the Antelope Plain (Vizcaino Desert) instead of sticking to the mountains with better water sources?

Oh, Harald, in 1906 the trail left San Ignacio going northeast then worked down to Santa Agueda before reaching Santa Rosalia.





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[*] posted on 7-11-2019 at 10:21 AM


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Oh, Harald, in 1906 the trail left San Ignacio going northeast then worked down to Santa Agueda before reaching Santa Rosalia.



I started this post by saying just that




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[*] posted on 7-11-2019 at 10:26 AM


I didn't see a date at all in your post, and I just read it in North's book, so I thought I would let you know of that.

I am going to guess that in the 1930s, the Boleo Company blasted and bulldozed the grade used for the San Ignacio road because the Santa Agueda route must have been more difficult to make for automobiles?




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[*] posted on 7-11-2019 at 10:30 AM


I think North was trying to intercept the trail shown as a dotted line on the map above between the Sierra Pintada and San Ignacio. This trail ran west from San Angel through a pass in the Sierra Santa Clara and down to the coastline near Bahia San Hipolito. The trail no longer exists but in 1905 it was a well known route, used by hundreds of prospectors who had traveled up Harold's pre automobile trail from Santa Rosalia to San Ignacio and then to San Angel. North missed the trail and ended up the Camino Real before he made it to San Ignacio, his guides shouting Agua! Agua!
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[*] posted on 7-11-2019 at 03:39 PM


Quote: Originally posted by bajaric  
I think North was trying to intercept the trail shown as a dotted line on the map above between the Sierra Pintada and San Ignacio. This trail ran west from San Angel through a pass in the Sierra Santa Clara and down to the coastline near Bahia San Hipolito. The trail no longer exists but in 1905 it was a well known route, used by hundreds of prospectors who had traveled up Harold's pre automobile trail from Santa Rosalia to San Ignacio and then to San Angel. North missed the trail and ended up the Camino Real before he made it to San Ignacio, his guides shouting Agua! Agua!


Most of the trail between Ojo de Liebre and San Angel is still visible

Sierra Santa Clara has a cool network of trails that could have been used to reach Sierra La Pintada. Since there is very little local activity only sections can be identified of sat images.

If you want to get lost forever - Vizcaino Desert would be perfect




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[*] posted on 7-11-2019 at 03:42 PM


forgot the track outline

Attachment: Ojo de Liebre - San Angel.kmz (1kB)
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[*] posted on 7-14-2019 at 01:46 PM


I went back and Re-read North's account of crossing the desert and wanted to correct my above post and add a couple comments. The reason North crossed the Vizcaino and almost died was because he wanted to shoot an antelope. He said he was on a trail used by the 49'rs that ran between the water holes at San Angel and Ojo de Liebre. Going south, North strayed off that old trail, veered east of San Angel, and finally intersected the trail between San Angel and San Ignacio where he saw the old graves and thought he was on the Camino Real.
If it seems incredible that he did it in 1905, think about doing it in 1849. It makes sense, in a way, as a short cut across the desert rather than taking the old Mission route through the mountains. North said he thought that the 49'rs got off the boat at La Paz and walked up the length of Baja, but that does not make any sense, why not get off the boat in San Francisco? More likely it was miners from Baja Sur who pulled up stakes and headed for California who trod that desert path in 1849, like thousands of others who literally walked across the length of the United States to get to the mother lode. But you know what they say about short cuts; the Donner party could tell you a few things about short cuts --
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[*] posted on 7-14-2019 at 09:06 PM


Rancho San Angel is hard to miss - even back then
unless you find a dry year with less water in Laguna San Ignacio and take route #6
there are no known trails between the west route from San Ignacio to Santa Gertrudis and San Angel
west of San Angel there are several choices - but that is not where he got lost

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[*] posted on 7-15-2019 at 08:48 AM


What is the white line on the right representing, North's map of the approx ECR route? You know it goes in and out of the canyons and is far from being that straight, yes?

Harry Crosby's 1977 edition ECR map:


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[*] posted on 7-15-2019 at 10:13 AM


all lines represent established trails
they represent the concept, David, not the minute details of them

your maps are missing the west route from San Ignacio to Santa Rosalia (foothills of the mountains mostly)




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[*] posted on 7-15-2019 at 11:16 AM


here is what I have found so far


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[*] posted on 7-15-2019 at 11:20 AM


Harald, whenever I try to view one of your KMZ files, all I get are lines of code!

What do I have to do to actually view the file? (keep it simple please)

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[*] posted on 7-15-2019 at 11:21 AM


revisiting the file I came upon some interesting human activities
Fields? Corral? Walls?

27°44'3.13"N, 113°11'9.71"W



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[*] posted on 7-15-2019 at 11:53 AM


Quote: Originally posted by 4x4abc  
all lines represent established trails
they represent the concept, David, not the minute details of them

your maps are missing the west route from San Ignacio to Santa Rosalia (foothills of the mountains mostly)


"My lines" are the actual El Camino Real as hiked by Genevieve Mattar and Kevin Branscum (and countless others the past 280 years. It also more closely matches with Harry Crosby's map showing the three routes of El Camino Real north of San Ignacio. Do you have any documentation that your 'further west line' is connected to the mission period? Why would they be further down from the water sources and also not go through their visita of San Pablo?




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[*] posted on 7-15-2019 at 12:55 PM


Quote: Originally posted by David K  
Quote: Originally posted by AKgringo  
Harald, whenever I try to view one of your KMZ files, all I get are lines of code!

What do I have to do to actually view the file? (keep it simple please)

Thanks!


Until Harald sees this, my response is to ask if you have Google Earth loaded because when I click on his file, my Google Earth map opens up and his line is temporarily added in.




Thanks David, I found the problem. Google Chrome is missing from my programs, so Google Earth will not function for me anymore. I am not sure why, time to contact tech support (my son) to see what happened to it!

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[*] posted on 7-15-2019 at 03:27 PM


Google Earth is a standalone program
Chrome is not needed

https://www.google.com/earth/versions/




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[*] posted on 7-15-2019 at 03:36 PM


Quote: Originally posted by David K  


"My lines" are the actual El Camino Real as hiked by Genevieve Mattar and Kevin Branscum (and countless others the past 280 years. It also more closely matches with Harry Crosby's map showing the three routes of El Camino Real north of San Ignacio. Do you have any documentation that your 'further west line' is connected to the mission period? Why would they be further down from the water sources and also not go through their visita of San Pablo?


Crosby did not have satellite images

I have recorded everything that is visible from the air - I did not rely on Crosby and others to tell me where to look

Is is mission period?
Don't know.
The same can be said about many trails supposedly Camino Real - are they?
I have some serious doubts after reading maps and sat images for 6 years

and no, I am not a scientist. I am a curious carpenter.




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