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Motorists who wished to travel any distance from home in the early twentieth century faced poor road conditions and other hazards.

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Drop-off with no guardrail, Ridge Route, Los Angeles County, 1920.

Drop-off with no guardrail, Ridge Route, Los Angeles County, 1920.

Records of the Dept. of Public Works, Division of Highways, District VII, California State Archives.


Narrow road, sandy shoulder, circa 1920.  A freight truck crowded this car onto the soft sandy shoulder of the Desert Route between Los Angeles and the Imperial Valley.

Narrow road, sandy shoulder, circa 1920. A freight truck crowded this car onto the soft sandy shoulder of the Desert Route between Los Angeles and the Imperial Valley.

Records of the Dept. of Public Works, Division of Highways, District VII, California State Archives.


Snow conditions at Bailey’s Ranch, Los Angeles County, 1914.

Snow conditions at Bailey’s Ranch, Los Angeles County, 1914.

Snow conditions at Bailey’s Ranch, Los Angeles County, 1914.

Records of the Dept. of Public Works, Division of Highways, District VII, California State Archives.


Rutted and muddy road, San Diego County, circa 1916.

Rutted and muddy road, San Diego County, circa 1916.

Records of the Dept. of Public Works, Division of Highways, District VII, California State Archives.

Blind intersection, 1915.  Subway under Southern Pacific Railroad tracks, Auburn, Placer County.

Blind intersection, 1915. Subway under Southern Pacific Railroad tracks, Auburn, Placer County.

Records of the Dept. of Public Works, Division of Highways, District III, California State Archives.

Silt on Del Mar State Highway after flood, San Diego County, circa 1915.

Silt on Del Mar State Highway after flood, San Diego County, circa 1915.

Records of the Dept. of Public Works, Division of Highways, District VII, California State Archives.

Heavy mud conditions, 1915.  Jeffery Quad truck stuck in mud after a storm, between Fairmont and Neenach, Los Angeles County.

Heavy mud conditions, 1915. Jeffery Quad truck stuck in mud after a storm, between Fairmont and Neenach, Los Angeles County.

Records of the Dept. of Public Works, Division of Highways, District VII, California State Archives.

Settlement of fill and pavement, Route 4, Los Angeles County, 1915.

Settlement of fill and pavement, Route 4, Los Angeles County, 1915.

Records of the Dept. of Public Works, Division of Highways, District VII, California State Archives.

“Puncture Vine” poster, 1929. Motorists who drove over sharp puncture vine  burs risked tire damage, and also unknowingly helped to spread the seeds of the  invasive plant.

“Puncture Vine” poster, 1929. Motorists who drove over sharp puncture vine burs risked tire damage, and also unknowingly helped to spread the seeds of the invasive plant.

Records of the Department of Agriculture, California State Archives.

Tuffley’s Tire Tonic, Auto Improvement Mfg. Co.,  San Diego, 1916. Numerous tire blowouts plagued early motorists.  Some enterprising individuals developed  treatments to prevent such mishaps.  The  registered trademark for one of these treatments is shown here

Tuffley’s Tire Tonic, Auto Improvement Mfg. Co., San Diego, 1916. Numerous tire blowouts plagued early motorists.  Some enterprising individuals developed treatments to prevent such mishaps.  The registered trademark for one of these treatments is shown here.

Trademarks, Records of the Secretary of State, California State Archives.


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