In the early days of the automobile, the state of California didn’t post road signs. In the southern part of the state, that task was instead taken up by the Auto Club of Southern California (ACSC). One such sign was located in Lone Pine Canyon. It instructed travelers to turn right to go to Swartout Valley, Wright’s Ranch, and the Los Angeles County Park. Turning left would send travelers toward Cajon Pass and San Bernardino. The distance to each destination was listed to its right. At the bottom of the sign is the ACSC logo.
We’ve brought this classic Lone Pine Canyon directional sign back to life for your enjoyment. We made our replica using historic photographs of the sign in the field. We’ve painstakingly duplicated every detail, including the fonts and the precise layout of the sign, following the standards ACSC used in the 1920s. Who knows what happened to the original sign? It would be around 100 years old at this point; It may have been tossed onto the scrap heap long ago. If it ever did emerge on the collector’s market, no doubt it would command a hefty premium. Avoid the difficulty (or impossibility!) of tracking the original down and save money while you’re at it with our replica.
Our replica Lone Pine Canyon is flat printed on heavy 14-gauge steel. The glossy, non-reflective finish accurately replicates the porcelain finish ACSC used on their signage. This sign will withstand the elements outdoors for years to come, while also looking great indoors. Choose from sizes of 12 inches square (about 17 inches up and down between the points) and 18 inches square (about 25½ inches up and down between the points). All sizes include three mounting holes. (Need a size not listed here? Or would you like a sign like this showing a different set of destinations? We’d be happy to make you a custom sign! Contact Jake to get started.)