Phoenix to Springerville – Then

Cannon Ball Baker spent his second night of the ride in Phoenix. On Day 3 he was up early and announced to his local friends that his goal for that day was to make it to Springerville, AZ, a distance of 265 miles and a huge elevation change that would see him go from almost sea level in Phoenix over some mountains as high as 9,647 feet. As he left Phoenix he got onto what was practically a new road, the Apache Trail, also known as the Roosevelt Route since it led him up to Roosevelt Lake. That road was built in 1912 and today still exists as a dirt road. He noted in his journal: “This route is similar to the picturesque Grand Canyon of Arizona. Baker then proceeded on mountain roads to Ft. Apache, then on through the mountains to Springerville.

The Apache Trail begins in Apache Junction, East of Phoenix and runs up to Roosevelt Lake. The road was built in 1912 and Baker talks about the road in the written account of the 1914 ride.

Downside of the dam at Roosevelt Lake.

This covered bridge went over White River between San Carlos, AZ and Fort Apache on old Highway 60. Built by the Department of the Army in 1890, and removed in 1934.

The Salt River Bridge between Globe and Springerville.

Another view of the Salt River Bridge and scenic canyon.

Near Springerville, AZ.