Thursday October 26th
Got up early. McDonald went to L.A. to get Mitch’s watch. Left San Pedro for San Diego about 11:30 o’clock. Passed thru Long Beach Santa Ana, and several other very pretty towns on the way to San Diego. Very beautiful drive all the way, the roads being along the shore most of the way. Got to San Diego about 7 o’clock and pitched camp in a municipal campground. Met Mr. Saypoak from Hickory N.C. He stayed around with us til bedtime. Very good place to sleep under a shed.
Approximate mileage 125 miles.
They were on the Pacific Highway from LA to San Diego.
I think they stayed at the auto camp ground in Balboa Park in San Diego. There was a zoo on the Balboa park grounds which is now the famous San Diego Zoo. The auto camp ground was closed in 1924 because the land was needed to expand the zoo. Today in addition to the zoo, there are museums, theaters, public buildings and gardens. There had been a community circus at the park for 6 days that ended on the 23rd just before Lloyd arrived.
Friday October 27th
Had a good nights rest. Had breakfast and headed for Tijuana, Mexico. Had some pictures made as we crossed the border. Went over in the town and looked around for a few hours. Saw the soldiers. Had dinner and returned. On the way back, ran over culvert and cracked several spokes in front wheel. Got back to San Diego just in time to see the rainy season come in. Loaded up and pulled out about 3:30 p.m. We are camping in a hut now in Descanso, Cal tonight. Cold and rainy.
Approximate mileage 81.1 miles.
It looks as though there were multiple routes out of San Diego all going to Yuma Arizona. I have included a description of all the routes I could find. All of the routes followed Highway 80 in California and parts of Arizona and New Mexico.
The first route was the Old Spanish Trail (OST). It went from San Diego, California, to St. Augustine, Florida. The cities in between boasted a shared heritage of Spanish missions, forts and Spanish colonization. It was launched in 1915 in Mobile, Alabama as a connector route between New Orleans and Florida, and soon expanded to a transcontinental trail.
Other OST Links
The Bankhead Highway was named for Good Roads promoter, John Hollis Bankhead. It ran from San Diego to Washington DC, and was started in 1916. This route had a main route and several branch routes.
Other Bankhead Links
The Lee Highway was named after Robert E Lee. It went from New York City to San Francisco via San Diego. It overlapped the OST and Bankhead highways from San Diego to El Paso Texas. The Lee Highway and Bankhead Highway then continued to overlap until they reached Memphis Tenn. Here they diverged.
Other Lee Highway Links
The Dixie Overland Highway was an early American auto trail which was conceived in 1914. It connected Savannah, Georgia on the Atlantic with San Diego, California on the Pacific. The highway was supposed to be the shortest, straightest, all year round ocean to ocean highway. The Dixie Overland Highway overlapped all of the above highways through El Paso. It then overlapped the Lee Highway and Bankhead Highway through Roswell.
The four routes above seem to be popular routes in the 1920s. They were later renamed to numbered routes. I think they overshadowed the older routes listed below as I have been able to find little data or maps for them. The older routes were probably not maintained as well so the newer routes took over and replaced them. The older routes I found are:
The Jefferson Davis Memorial Highway is only found on a few of the maps. Each map seems to have a slightly different route. It went from Washington DC to San Diego, California. The Jefferson Davis Highway seemed to run east of the Bankhead Highway through the mid-Atlantic states. It followed closely the route of Highway 1. The Jefferson Davis Memorial Highway was conceived in 1913 by the United Daughters of the Confederacy (U.D.C.).
Other Jefferson Davis Memorial Highway links
I have found The Lone Star Auto Trail in a couple of articles that mentioned that it went to San Diego, however I can’t find a route. I know it went to Chicago and St Louis.
The Southern National Highway went from Washington DC to San Diego. It split from the other roads in Phoenix and headed east rather than south some of the other trails did. There is not much mention of the route except for an interactive 1918 map from AAA. It seemed to follow the Dixie Overland Route for a bit after they met in El Paso.