A stark reminder of why I document this road so heavily… My heart sank as I pulled up to Sandberg’s. It has been a few weeks since I have been up and the first thing I noticed was a chunk of barren dirt above the old retaining wall. A fire had come through this areaContinue reading “Preserving the Road… One Photo at a Time”
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!”
We made it through 2020! So in celebration, let’s go on a little tour of the Ridge Route! The road has been closed since the Lake Fire but is back open again (well not the whole thing, but back to what was open before the fire). Here’s a little tour of what’s what. You’ll exitContinue reading “Ridge Route Fire Closure Lifted! Where to go?”
As traffic increased in car technology improved, the 1915 Old Ridge Route just didn’t cut it anymore. The need for higher speeds and a better flow of traffic pushed for a new and improved road. The Ridge Route Alternate opened in 1933. The goal was to have a highway that could handle a lot moreContinue reading “The Ridge Route Alternate”
The closure put into effect after the Lake Fire covers most of the Ridge Route but is set to end on December 31st. Until then, where can you see the original concrete of the Ridge Route? ALL THREE ROADS! This is s super cool spot! All 3 roads, the 1915 Ridge Route, the 1933 RidgeContinue reading “Places to see the 1915 Ridge Route… While Closed”
The Frazier Mountain Lookout now sits abandoned and gutted. Originally put into service in 1905, it was the first lookout in what was the Santa Barbara National Forest and served as a way to spot wildfires. At 8013ft above sea level, you have quite a view of the area! The building that currently stands wasContinue reading “Frazier Mountain Lookout”
A drive through Gorman to find new chunks of the Ridge Route. Following Gorman Post Road to Peace Valley Road. A nice piece in good condition at Gorman Post Road right off the 138. Wonder if it’s original or has been redone?
With all the rain we’ve been getting, I went to go check the creek that runs along the Ridge Route Alternate. There were a few little waterfalls down there! Super foggy driving down the road itself. Nice and quiet and peaceful.
Ridge Route, Highway 99 and the 5 Freeway – all going to and from the same place, just from different eras. In my social distancing adventure outside the house, I drove on all 3 of these roads. Starting out on the Ridge Route in Castiac, I headed north towards Templin Highway. Continuing on to HighwayContinue reading “A Drive Down the Ridge Route and Ridge Route Alternate”