Forestry road 8N04, the Ridge Route. The original way to get from Bakersfield to Los Angeles. Created in 1915, this road was credited for uniting California.
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The 1915 Old Ridge Route was a turning point for California history and a grand endeavor of the time. As we started transitioning from stagecoaches to automobiles, the old gold rush era Stockton-Los Angeles Road would no longer do for the modern needs of the automobile. The groundbreaking Ridge Route was the solution. Designed forContinue reading “VIDEO: The Old Ridge Route – An Engineering Marvel”
When I heard the Ridge Route Communities Museum was doing a Ridge Route Tour, I jumped at the opportunity! How awesome is it to do a tour with actual Ridge Route historians! While I won’t spoil the whole tour for y’all , I’ll give you an idea of what it’s like. We all met upContinue reading “PHOTOS: The (official) Ridge Route Tour!”
Lots of history is hidden on the Ridge Route… you just have to keep an eye out for it! Here are some of the cool things I’ve found on my most recent trip. Liebre State Maintenance Camp While at first glance it looks like and empty dirt clearing, there’s a lot hidden in plain sight.Continue reading “PHOTOS: History Hidden in Plain Sight – The Ridge Route”
The 8N04 Ridge Route Digital Gallery is dedicated to preserving the Old Ridge Route through photographs and video. Making the road accessible to those who may not be able to see it in person… or live halfway across the country! Using photography to freeze time, track changes in the road and bring awareness to this beautiful place.
Photography and video by Sydney Croasmun.
Professional Photographer and FFA TRUST Certified Drone Pilot.