California Cajon Pass speed trap was too much for even Erwin ‘Cannonball’ Baker

It’s pretty clear that Erwin “Cannonball” Baker had no clue about the posse of police officers lying in wait for him in 1920 in the Cajon Pass.

Baker had been innocently, and quickly, driving his car across the hot Mojave, with only the San Bernardino Mountains in the way of breaking his own New York-to-Los Angeles automobile speed record of about 7½ days.

But he would soon be ensnared in the speed trap of all speed traps.