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My USGS topo software seems to show oodles of "roads"I'm just curious -- are these ancient & non-existent? Am I misinterpreting something on the topo?
I have always been curious about the "Abandoned Rock Crusher" at the end of the old road to Big Yellow Arroyo near Tornillo Creek. I can see a large cleared area with what look like flattened ruins in Google Earth near the end of the old road but it looks like the easiest route to it is via McKinney Springs or Roys Peak Vista. It's on my Life List of places to visit someday and I don't know anyone (not even OKiehiker) who has been there... TWWG
I can see a large cleared area with what look like flattened ruins in Google Earth near the end of the old road but it looks like the easiest route to it is via McKinney Springs or Roys Peak Vista.
There was settlement along Tornillo Creek between McKinney Springs Draw and Black Peaks, including a wax works and a school; the school building was later relocated to Dugout Wells, and then eventually to old San Vicente(??). The settlement had no official name, but there are maps and references to it that show several roads leading through the area, including the original Old Ore Road (the Rock Crusher Road was a spur off of this road); and the Marathon-Boquillas Stage Road that ran through McKinney Draw and Dugout Wells. Talk to the Rangers, or the park archeologist if you can track him down.McKinney Springs is a good route in; Roy's Peak isn't. Following Tornillo Creek from the Fossil Bone Exhibit is probably a little longer but easier.
park archeologist if you can track him down.
My USGS topo software seems to show oodles of "roads" that are not listed on the Trails Illustrated topo, aren't acknowledged by BBNP, and haven't been mentioned anywhere here, as far as I can tell.
Yo Alex. Who actually ordered the Sears home which was transported on these roads?
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