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[*] posted on 12-14-2020 at 11:33 AM
EL CAMINO REAL MAPS, stitched together by geoffff:


We sure have a wonderful trip reporter and map maker with 'geoffff'!

His latest creations are with the maps showing the route of El Camino Real in Baja California. Geoffff has stitched together the multiple ECR maps and put them in a zoomable format for study.

In 1954, Howard Gulick, while researching for the Lower California Guidebook, noted and connected sections of the mission trail where he saw it cross the auto roads or where locals informed him of it.

In 1974, Harry Crosby (with assistance from Howard Gulick and his maps) wrote the King's Highway in Baja California. The maps were not highly detailed.

In 1977, Harry commissioned the cartography department at the university, to produce more-detailed maps of the route.

From about 2000 to 2018, a Washington couple ground-proofed the original mission roads from Loreto to El Rosario and created a Google Earth map at www.caminorealbaja.com
Baja Nomad geoffff made a track from their hundreds of waypoints and placed it on an INEGI topo map.

I also had created a line over their points on my base map... I hope to see it included as a thing of interest on the new Baja Map Book I am helping edit.

Click on the map when it opens to enlarge for detail:

1954 Maps: http://octopup.org/img/misc/davidk/ecr/ecr-maps-3.jpg

1974 Maps: http://octopup.org/img/misc/davidk/ecr/ecr-maps-2.jpg

1977 Maps: http://octopup.org/img/misc/davidk/ecr/ecr-maps-1.jpg

2018 CaminoRealBaja Maps: http://octopup.org/img/misc/davidk/ecr/caminorealbaja-com-tr...

2019 David K ECR track maps: http://octopup.org/img/misc/davidk/ecr/ecr-davidk.jpg

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[*] posted on 12-14-2020 at 06:44 PM


In La Mision by Magana's restaurant next to the river bed . You can see on the south hillside the carved Basalt steep portion of the El Camino Real. Locals referred to it as the "old Stagecoach road"



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[*] posted on 12-15-2020 at 09:17 AM


Quote: Originally posted by BajaTed  
In La Mision by Magana's restaurant next to the river bed . You can see on the south hillside the carved Basalt steep portion of the El Camino Real. Locals referred to it as the "old Stagecoach road"


Thanks, yes... Walt Wheelock mentioned it in his 1971 book, 'Byroads of Baja'... with this photo:





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[*] posted on 12-16-2020 at 09:42 AM


I wonder why there were two trails from Santa Gertrudis to San Borja. Gabb described traveling on the western trail, passing through Calmalli Viejo and San Sebastian in 1867, but why would there be another trail to the east?

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[*] posted on 12-16-2020 at 10:09 AM


There is not much controversy about the southern portion of the Camino Real.
But; if you watch the FNX channel (first native TV) , they say the whole northern portion is a contrived story within the grand "Mission Play" created to justify what occurred to their culture . The counter narrative is not a pretty picture and it was not the version I heard in the 4th grade.

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[*] posted on 12-16-2020 at 11:04 AM


Quote: Originally posted by bajaric  
I wonder why there were two trails from Santa Gertrudis to San Borja. Gabb described traveling on the western trail, passing through Calmalli Viejo and San Sebastian in 1867, but why would there be another trail to the east?

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Seasonal weather/ water availability along the trail is one reason for west vs. east as well as a need by the padre to visit certain outposts visitas. Some are on one route and others on the other route.

There were actually three El Camino Reals in some places. They are called 'Sierra Camino Real' if in the center or mountains; 'Golfo Camino Real' on the east side of the sierras; and 'Pacifico Camino Real' if they wanted a beer... no, wait, if on the west side of the mountains!

Also, newer roads replaced older in places. Look closely at the many trails radiating out from San Ignacio. It looks like the spokes of a wheel. The maps do not have all the Camino Reals but we can read about other routes. The Pacifico Camino Real from Santa Gertrudis to San Borja is an interesting one. The three routes between San Ignacio and Santa Gertrudis are the best known and on the maps.




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[*] posted on 12-16-2020 at 11:28 AM


Fun to fly over the Jesuit's road on Google Earth!

The first three are going south from San Borja.
The fourth is looking south where it crosses the El Arco/ Pta San Francisquito road. To the north, it has been made into an auto road (to Rancho La UniĆ³n).


Borja-3.jpg - 134kB Borja-4.jpg - 114kB Borja-5.jpg - 104kB El Arco Rd-22.jpg - 158kB

Often, the Camino Real runs very straight, well-engineered. In the Winter 1977, Journal of San Diego History, besides the maps, are details on the road building.
Nuevo-18.jpg - 165kB




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[*] posted on 12-16-2020 at 11:57 AM


In Baja California during the mission period, El Camino Real was only passable on foot or on hoof, no wagons (as far as I know). Just too many steep cuestas (grades/ switchbacks).

History is full of bad and evil events, but to stop teaching it because it offends someone is really a disservice to society... and an injustice to the future.




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[*] posted on 12-16-2020 at 12:24 PM


Cool images! Seems so dry and barren, no wonder the missionaries stayed close to water holes.

I wasn't saying that the missionaries had wagons. That was the whole point; they had to find a route with water holes spaced within one days travel, on foot or on hoof. I imagine they did not have very good water carrying devices, either. Maybe a animal bladder, or an old leaky keg or clay jug.

By the late 1800's it was possible to carry more water, especially on a wagon. By the late 1800's they had factory made iron fittings and stuff, to make water tight kegs, and wagon roads replaced portions of the El Camino Real.




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Yes, as mining expanded, wagon roads were built and new routes around mountains bypassed the Camino Real which went through the mountains in the most direct line between missions as possible.



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Not sure if you heard the new Slow Baja podcast yesterday, but it sounds like the U.N. is about to add (Baja) California's El Camino Real as a World Heritage site.



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[*] posted on 12-16-2020 at 11:46 PM


Quote: Originally posted by David K  


History is full of bad and evil events, but to stop teaching it because it offends someone is really a disservice to society... and an injustice to the future.


Well said David.

Are there .kml files of the ECR routes available anywhere? I'd love to be able to view them on Google Earth.

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Quote: Originally posted by TacoFeliz  
Quote: Originally posted by David K  


History is full of bad and evil events, but to stop teaching it because it offends someone is really a disservice to society... and an injustice to the future.


Well said David.

Are there .kml files of the ECR routes available anywhere? I'd love to be able to view them on Google Earth.

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Yes, the tracks were made from the waypoints on the Google Earth map at www.caminorealbaja.com
To see all the waypoints, spread the timeline pointers apart.


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