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’s the link to the show:
Here’s a link to the show on anchor.fm:
Here are some relevant links:
- California Highways – Chronology: Phase I: A Highway System is Established (1897-1914)
- California Highways – Chronology: Phase II: Early Growth (1915-1932)
- Good Roads: Origins of the California Highway System, 1890s-1910 (SCVHistory)
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