Milepost #909

January 31, 2019††

By Bill Pumford, Image from Mark Landis

TITLE: Camp Cajon MONUMENT Project: This week’s image is a composite of markers representing the Camp Cajon Monument Project. On July 4, 1919, Camp Cajon was opened as a rest stop for motorists traveling through the Cajon Pass. Camp Cajon consisted of several unique buildings, picnic tables and a large stone monument. In addition, several organizations such as the Elks Club, the Mission Inn and Santa Fe Railroad built and maintained buildings at the camp to support their specific groups. The buildings were constructed along old Route 66 which is the present-day Wagon Train Road. The site is just south of the McDonald’s at the intersection of I-15 and Hwy 138. During the great flood of 1938 Camp Cajon was decimated and was never rebuilt. The goal of the Camp Cajon Monument Project is to rebuild the monument and hold a rededication ceremony on July 4 of this year to commemorate the 100-year anniversary of the camp’s original opening.

Participating organizations include Rim of the World Historical Society, E Clampus Vitus, the Highland Historical Society, the San Bernardino Pioneer & Historical Society, the Wrightwood Historical Society, Mojave Historical Society and the California Historic Route 66 Association.

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