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Old School Signage: Franklin Trail, 1934

The image below is presented here courtesy Joan Rock Bailard, and was scanned from a b/w Kodak Brownie print by David Griggs of the Carpinteria Historical Museum; my thanks to both for the kind use.

Franklin Trail at Ocean View, 1934

Shown above is the junction with the Franklin and Ocean View Trails in 1934. Visible are Joan Rock at age nine, and her father John “Jack” Rock. And though difficult to make out even on the old print, the sign facing the viewer here reads:

SANTA BARBARA NATIONAL FOREST
<-- JUNCAL DAM
<-- SANTA YNEZ RIVER
<-- MONO RANGER STATION
CARPINTERIA -->

As many of you are likely aware, the Friends of the Franklin Trail (25W09) are working diligently to re-open this historic route all the way from Carpinteria up to what is now the Divide Peak OHV route, where it will again drop into the Alder Creek camp and northward toward Juncal. (The route has been closed since the 1970s, but continues to appear on LPNF visitor maps in its entirety … no explaining that.)

Next year marks the 100th anniversary of the route; get involved if you can.

25W09

Franklin Trail Signage

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2 Responses to Old School Signage: Franklin Trail, 1934

  1. Nico says:

    Thanks for posting this Craig. Permitting is underway for the lower portion of the Franklin Trail with construction hopefully to follow later this year. It will probably be some time before the trail officially connects all the way to the Divide Peak OHV route, but steps are being made in the right direction.

    Really looking forward to this route becoming a reality once again!

  2. The signs a little beat up but it’s still easy to read and helpful wayfinding.

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