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Signed County Route E15 to Copperopolis

Back in 2016 I frequently used Signed County Route E15 as a short cut from California State Route 108/120 in Tuolumne County to CA 4 in Calaveras County.


E15 is a 12.91 mile long Signed County Route which was defined in 1974 according to CAhighways.org.

CAhighways.org on Signed County Route E15

On the Tuolumne County side E15 begins from CA 108/120 at O'Byrne's Ferry Road.  Traffic is warned along CA 108/120 not to pick up hitch hikers due to the a corrections center which is oddly placed next to the Sierra Conservation Center on the Tuolumne County side of E15.


E15 is one of the better Signed County Routes in terms of signage.  While some of the shields are old they are generally well placed in a logical enough way to convey to the traveler they are on E15 which can be a rarity at times among the Signed County Routes.


E15 on O'Brynes Ferry Road descends to the Tulloch Reservoir which serves as the Calaveras County Line.  The Tulloch Reservoir impounded a small section of t…
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Adventure US Route 299; California State Route 299 from US 101 east to Interstate 5

Back in 2016 I was seeking a way back from the Northern California/Southern Oregon Coast back to the Central Valley that I had not taken previously.  That being the case I decided on California State Route 299 from US 101 in Arcata eastward approximately 135 miles to Interstate 5 in Redding.


CA 299 is best known for once being signed as US Route 299 from US 101 east to US 395.  US 299 was first signed in 1934 according USends.com

USends.com on US 299

Interestingly all of US 299 was originally to be signed as part of CA 44 in 1934 according to CAhighways.org.  The current routing of CA 44 was originally signed as CA 440 which swapped signage once US 299 was approved in 1935.

CAhighways.org on US 299/CA 299

CAhighways.org on CA 440

US 299 first appears on the 1936-37 edition of the California State Highway Map.

1936-37 State Highway Map

US 299 was just slightly under 300 miles and thus was assigned CA 299 during the 1964 State Highway Renumbering.  The newly created CA 299 was extended e…

2016 Summer Mountain Trip Part 14; US Route 212 on the Beartooth Highway

The morning following visiting Theodore Roosevelt National Park and Little Bighorn Battlefield National Monument I headed west on I-90/US 212 from Hardin.  At Exit 434 I split away from I-90 over the Yellowstone River on US 212 headed towards the Wyoming State Line via the Bear Tooth Highway.


The Beartooth Highway is a 68.7 All-American Road section of US Route 212 from Red Lodge, Montana west to the Northeast Entrance of Yellowstone National Park.  The Beartooth Highway highway is notable for climbing over the 10,947 foot Beartooth Pass of the Beartooth Mountains (a sub-range of the Rocky Mountains) located near the Montana/Wyoming State Line.

The Beartooth Highway closely aligns to a path that Civil War General Phillip Sheridan took in 1872 returning to Billings from an inspection tour of Yellowstone National Park.  A roadway was completed over Beartooth Pass in 1936 and became part of US 12 in 1939.

USends.com on US 12 End Points

In 1959 US 12 was rerouted to Missoula and US 312 wa…