Other American trappers
also began using the desert route during the late 1820s, launching their business trips to California from the Mexican
town of Santa Fe, now in the state of New Mexico. However, it was an 1830 expedition led by
that was to have a major
impact on the desert area, for in that year Wolfskill pioneered the famous
between Santa Fe and Los Angeles.
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This route opened the way for an annual caravan that grew to become a significant factor in the commercial histories of these two
communities. One of the improvements of the new route was that it veered off from the old Indian trail and crossed the
at a point below the lower narrows in present-day
Victorville, and then headed southwest straight towards
Cajon Pass. This shortcut,
which saved several hours' travel time for the caravans, routed all the traffic past the Topiabit site and became known as
the "upper crossing." Many years later it would be called Lane's Crossing.