National Old Trails Monument

California State Historic Landmark 781

Plaque exists. Site exists. Landmark location.

Plaque Photo:

#781 National Old Trails
This bridge marks the site where the National Old Trails Highway, later Highway 66, crossed the Colorado River. It links the Mojave Indian lands visited by Father Garces in 1776. Near this location the American explorer, Jedediah Smith and his band of Rocky Mountain men, crossed the river in 1826 and opened the pioneer trail into southern California.

Site Photo:



On shoulder of SW corner of Colorado River bridge, North K St, Needles.

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Donald Laird