Could this be the route of The National Old Trails Highway? Could this be the road that Louis Chevrolet and Barney Oldfield drove in the epic 1914 Desert Classic Cactus Derby Race? Could this be the first alignment of Route 66?
In this photo the old roadway appears as a trail on the hill side below Route 66. Closer examination reveals this was more than a trail.
Stone bridge supports and extensive cable guard rails hint this was a major roadway. Even though there are no indications of it ever being paved from below the ridge into Goldroad, at the top of the canyon where this road connects with Route 66 there are traces of asphalt pavement.
This well constructed support for a heavy wooden bridge is another indication that this was an important roadway. The remaining beams are substantial as is the broken planking found below as well as down stream. Similar rock work supports large sections of the road bed providing banked curves.
This is a view of this bridge from above. This photo also gives a better perspective about how steep this road was.
Some of the guard rails on this older road were actually better than the ones on Route 66. For location perspective note that the slash on the hill in the background is Route 66.