The Gold Road to La Paz

The Bradshaw Trail

Gold road to la paz



The Gold Road to La Paz

(The Bradshaw Trail)

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The Gold Road to La Paz
- The Bradshaw Trail is one of the great transdesert wagon roads of the 19th century. It was a "Gold Road." The gold rush to the Colorado River of 1862 gave it its first life and it has survived down to the present time, now being represented by Interstate 10 in southern California. There a lot of side trip into rockhound area.

The Trail Today - You can still follow about 70 miles of the Bradshaw Trail. The segment lies primarily on Bureau of Land Management land, running from today’s Salton Sea State Recreation Area (near Dos Palmas) eastward to today’s Wiley’s Well Campground (near the Mule Mountains). Although California’s Riverside County Transportation Department grades the route on occasion, you will still need a four-wheel-drive vehicle to negotiate stretches of soft desert sand.

Map Bradshaw trail


Dr. Delmer Ross, noted historian and writer, and professor of history at La Sierra University, did the research and writing for the book. Dr. Ross considers himself a transportation historian. His dissertation involved study of the railroads of Central America. Fortunately for us, his interest has expanded to include wagon roads, railroads, and other routes of travel in the California Desert.

The Gold Road to La Paz gives information on the best time to visit, what to expect, what to take along, and some hints on how best to use the area. It also contains a number of cautions against possible improper use.

"Along the Coachella Canal" and the following nine chapters are designed to help the reader retrace and understand the Bradshaw Trail. They contain a wealth of information on the surrounding area as well. Each entry offers three principal items of information: a mileage number, an explanation, and another number in parenthesis indicating how far it is to the next explained feature.

The mileage number, right at the beginning of each entry, in the case of the Bradshaw Trail indicates the distance from State Highway 111, and when dealing with a side trip or loop it indicates the distance from the beginning of that side trip at the Bradshaw Trail.

The mile number is followed immediately by an explanation of the feature at hand. Such explanations may be very brief and to the point, or they may be quite lengthy and include information on people, mining, history, botany, or any number of other topics of interest regarding the attraction and the immediate region.

Insofar as possible, detailed maps, each generally covering from six to twelve miles of route, are strategically placed so that they apply to the immediately following text. At the beginning of each chapter of road guide is an introduction consisting of a short explanation of what is covered in the chapter and indicating the driving time required.

Hard Cover New over 298 pages with maps and photos.


map Trail marker

Sample map page and trail post on the road

 

Table of Contents

Maps .................................................... 7
Preface ................................................. 9
Acknowledgements ................................. 11
How to Use this Book .............................. 15
Historical Introduction ............................. 21
Traveling the Bradshaw Trail Today........... 45
Along the Coachella Canal ....................... 53
The Salt Creek Route ..............................77
Across the Chuckwalla Bench................... 101
From the Chuckwalla Bench to Wiley's Well .123
Photo Gallery by James A. Hodnick .. ..........161-176
Through the Mule Mountains ....................179
Deciding on the Final Segment of the Route 187
The Mesa Cutoff to Adobe Station ............191
The Valley Route to Adobe Station ............ 201
From Adobe Station to La Paz ..................209
In Arizona ............................................216

Side Trips
The Orocopia Mountains Loop ...................... 235
The Red Canyon Side Trip ........................... 241
The Augustine Pass-Chuckwalla Spring Detour 248
The Hauser Beds Loop ................................ 267
The Clapp Spring Loop................................ 281
Bibliography ..............................................293
index ......................................................298

MAPS

Index Map & Legend Inside front and rear covers

Hidden Spring.............. 52
Dos Palmas .................71
Salt Creek .................. 80
Red Canyon ................ 93
Chuckwalla Bench ........ 111
Gulliday Well ...............112
Augustine Pass ...........118
Chuckwalla Well ..........129
Little Chuckwalla Mtn... 139
Black Hills ..................146
Coon Hollow ............... 156
Mule Mouuntains ........ .182
Adobe Station ............188
La Paz ....................... 210
Orocopia Mountains Loop 236
Red Canyon Side Trip ... 242

Augustine Pass -- Chuckwalla Spring Detour . 249
Hauser Beds Loop ....................................266
Clapp Spring Loop ………………………………………... 282

 

 




 

 

 

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