Episode 1.01 – Before 1920 – Building a State Highway SystemEpisode 1.01 – Before 1920 – Building a State Highway System

Welcome to the first season of California Highways: Route by Route. This first season will be establishing the background listeners will need for our subsequent route by route podcasts. We’ll start with a history of the state highway system. We’ll then explore how highways are numbered in the state. Lastly, we’ll look at how highways are named, and some of the organizations involved with state highways.

This first episode explores the start of the state highway system. We’ll start with the humble beginnings with the first routes defined by the legislature, and then go into the routes defined by the first three bond acts. We’ll also explore the Good Roads movement, and we’ll have a special interview with Adam Prince of Gribblenation.

Here are some relevant links:

Here’s the link to the show:

Here’s a link to the show on anchor.fm:

We welcome your comments on the episode. We’re also looking for someone to donate or provide more appropriate theme music.

Episode 0.02 – Route 105 – It Only Takes a Century (Sample Episode)Episode 0.02 – Route 105 – It Only Takes a Century (Sample Episode)

This is a sample episode to show what the Route by Route format will be, as we don’t expect to start exploring routes until the second season. The first season will be mostly background: The history of the California State Highway system, explorations of how highways are numbers, exploring how highways are named, and the entities you’ll be hearing about in the episodes, such as the CTC. But we know you want the routes, so we decided to do a sample one for you. This episode focuses on Route 105.

The episode covers the following topics:

  • Legislative Route 105
  • 1965-1968 Interstate 105
  • Post 1968 Interstate 105 – The Century Freeway
  • Why I-105 doesn’t end at I-5
  • The construction and the consent decree
  • Names on the Highway
  • Significant Problems
  • Major Current Projects

If you want to see the “script” we used, we use a presentation format. Click here for the PDF.

For more information:

Here’s the link to the show:

Here’s a link to the show on anchor.fm:

We welcome your comments on the episode. We’re also looking for someone to donate or provide more appropriate theme music.

Well, We Did It. The Teaser Episode is UpWell, We Did It. The Teaser Episode is Up

It’s getting closer. Tom and I recorded our first “teaser” episode today. Here it is for your listening pleasure. We welcome comments on the episode (and I welcome lessons on Audacity and Roxio Sound Editor (current version; I’m using 2011)), and we’re looking for a great “free” theme song. We’ll be recording a sample episode next (on Route 1), and then once we’ve finished writing about half the first season, we’ll record and start releasing a first season.  You can find a full planned episode guide on our episode guide page.

Here’s the direct link to the episode:

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Watch This SpaceWatch This Space

Welcome to California Highways: Route by Route. This is a new podcast that celebrates and shares the contents developed for the California Highways website and the blog posts about California Highways on Gribblenation (because every highway has a story). Tom Fearer of Gribblenation and I are your hosts. We are the in the process of developing our sample episodes, plotting out the seasons, researching and writing the scripts for the first season, and recording the episodes. So watch this space. We’ll announce new episodes here, as well as publishing them on all major podcast outlets via anchor.fm.

If you love the original content on our respective web sites, don’t worry. This is an adjunct project for Tom and I. I’ll be continuing to maintain and improve California Highways and adding to my blog, and Tom will continue to explore the highways, and sharing their history and images over on Gribblenation, as well as adding Gribblenation Roadcast episodes.

If you would be interested in helping to cover the costs of developing these episodes, or have original music you would be willing to let us use, please contact Daniel.