"We are looking for street signs!" the Lady explained.
This was Tuesday late afternoon as we were returning to camp down Cottonwood Canyon. We were talking with a group of young UC Berkeley students doing the popular Cottonwood to Marble backpacking loop.
"Not quite street signs," I added. "more like guide posts but they sure look like street signs."
The young people, four men and a woman, were genuinely curious and asked "why" and "who". I immediately liked these kids and filled them in with what I knew.
In 1905 the California Legislature appropriated $5000 for the purchase of "Desert Guide Posts" to help provide for the safety of travelers in the deserts of the "southern counties". These sign posts were purchased and then provided to the counties for placement. I found this announcement of the project in the 27 March 1905 issue of the Los Angeles Herald -