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Throwback Thursday - October 12, 2017

In this week's edition of Throwback Thursday, we travel back to December 2003 to the southern end of Interstate 99 in Bedford, Pennsylvania, where we can see button copy guide signage for US 30 and US 220 (US 220 runs concurrent with I-99 through this part of the Keystone State). Since I-99 was relatively new at the time, it feels like it was an afterthought.


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Oddities; Minkler and Centerville

Many a days travel on CA 180 east of Fresno has taken me by some weird small locations I've only kind of looked into until today; Minkler and Centerville.  Essentially both locations are close to being ghost towns and have really lost their significance to time.  I was heading back towards Fresno on CA 180 and encountered Minkler first along Byrd Slough.



The sign in the second picture above indicates Minkler has 30 residents but given the age of the sign I highly doubt it really is that many people today.  Minkler was essentially a rail siding that was created back in 1920.  Back in the hey day of Minkler it was located at the junction of the Wahtoke District Railroad and Porterville-Orosi District Railroad.  The Wahotke District Railroad used to travel north on the Kings River towards Piedra which terminated at a local rock quarry.  Both lines were abandoned in the 1960s and 1970s:

Porterville-Orosi District Railroad

Wahotke District Railroad

Today there are only a couple structure…

California State Route 63

Today's featured California highway is one with a really strange and elusive history; California State Route 63.  CA 63 is a north/south route running from CA 137 in Tulare in Tulare County to CA 180 in Fresno County.  CA 63 is a good mix of urban highway and rural country roads in the Sierra Nevada Foot Hills.


The history of CA 63 is somewhat vague, much of the discussion about it on AAroads doesn't offer a fully clear history:

AAroads discussion on CA 63, LRN 130, CA 201, and CR J21

I started my journey on CA 63 out from the southern terminus in Tulare.  Originally CA 63 reached US 99 in Tulare along Tulare Avenue which is now CA 137.  According CAhighways.org CA 63 was cut back to the current terminus at CA 137 back in 1965.  It would seem that CA 63 multiplexed CA 137 to US 99 when it was renumbered from unsigned Legislative Route Number 134 in 1964:

CAhighways.org on CA 63

A quick view east on Tulare Avenue/CA 137 east to the southern terminus of CA 63 at Mooney Boulevard.