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The Old Ridge Route – An Engineering Marvel.

The Tumble Inn on the historic Old Ridge Route.

Culverts & Guard Rails on the Old Ridge Route.

Realignments on the Ridge Route

The Old Ridge Route – An Engineering Marvel.

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 for the automobile, for safer and faster travel. Built to support heavy trucks and last, much of this road still remains over 100 years later. The first of a series of Ridge Route videos, we hear from John Kelley and Tom Fearer about the significance of the Old Ridge Route.


The Tumble Inn

The Tumble Inn on the historic Old Ridge Route.

It’s no secret that the Tumble Inn is one of my favorite places to watch the sunset… the view is just incredible! Built by brothers, Frank and Alfred Courtemache, a stone mason and a carpenter. Their skilled work shows as the retaining wall still sands 100 years later! The Tumble Inn had cabins for guests, a restaurant and a garage. It can be accessed from the north end of the Ridge Route, just before the closed off gate.


Culverts & Guard Rails on the Old Ridge Route.

Up exploring the Ridge Route, looking for culverts and guard rails on a lovely snowy day!


Realignments on the Ridge Route

Looking at a realignment of the Ridge Route near Granite Gate. In the research I’ve done, they referred to this as “daylighting”. Now I know that term is commonly used when referring to opening up the tops of tunnels but stick with me here. These realignments were done between 1923-1927 in efforts to make the road more safe and efficient. The Ridge Route was a constant work in progress, until it was bypassed in 1933 by the Ridge Route Alternate (Highway 99). This video shows one of the many (oh so many) realignments along the road. Looking at the original concrete vs the realigned pavement.

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