Skip to main content

California State Route 233

Circumstance had me heading out of Fresno northbound.  With that being the case I decided to finish CA 233 that I had missed out of due to traffic when I photo-clinched CA 152.  CA 233 is a tiny state highway running entirely on Robertson Boulevard from CA 99 in Chowchilla four miles southwest to CA 152.







Before CA 99/US 99 was a freeway what is now CA 233 would have terminated at Chowchilla Boulevard ahead in the photo below.  Originally Chowchilla Boulevard would have had a junction with Robertson Boulevard north of the railroad tracks roughly where the "Chowchilla City Limit" sign is located now.



Chowchilla has only been around since the very early 20th century and is named after the river of the same name which follows out of the Sierras to the San Joaquin River.  The name Chowchilla is an incorrect spelling of the Chaushila tribe.


Leaving Chowchilla on CA 233 southeast there is a dual row of palms lining Robertson Boulevard.







Only the last mile of CA 233 before the terminus at CA 152 is actually a 55 MPH zone.






Prior to 1964 the route that became CA 233 was unsigned Legislative Route Number 124 which was adopted in 1933.  The change from LRN 124 to CA 233 can be observed on the maps below, CAhighways.org has a stub on the highway as well.

CAhighways.org on CA 233

1963 State Highway Map

1964 State Highway Map

1969 State Highway Map




Comments

Popular posts from this blog

Legend of the Ridge Route; a history of crossing the mountains between the Los Angeles Basin and San Joaquin Valley from wagon trails to Interstates

Over the past two decades I've crossed the Interstate 5 corridor from Los Angeles north over the Sierra Pelona Mountains and Tehachapi Range to San Joaquin Valley what seems to be an immeasurable number of times.  While Interstate 5 from Castaic Junction to Grapevine via Tejon Pass today is known to most as "The Grapevine" it occupies a corridor traditionally traversed by the Ridge Route.  This article is dedicated to one of the most legendary American Roadways that was ever built.


The Ridge Route is a 44 mile section of highway which was completed in 1915.  The Ridge Route originally stretched from Castaic Junction north over Liebre Summit and Tejon Pass to the tiny community of Grapevine.  In spite of a roadway that once utilized nearly 700 curves the Ridge Route is generally considered far ahead of it's time and one of the first modern highways constructed for automotive use.  The following is a history of transportation along the Ridge Route corridor dating back …

California State Route 99/Old US Route 99 Freeway Part 1; Interstate 5 north to California State Route 145

Over the past three years I've had the opportunity to drive the entirety of the California State Route 99 Freeway from Interstate 5 north to Sacramento several times but rarely took many photos until this past month.  The saga of US Route 99 in California being dropped to a State Highway no later 1967 is well established at this point.  The point of this blog series is to focus on the actual active CA 99 freeway itself rather than the history of US Route 99.


For reference regarding the broad overall history of US Route 99 I'll defer to CAhighways.org since it is substantial.  CA 99 as an overall route is presently 415 miles with the initial 298 miles being a freeway from I-5 north to US 50/CA 51 in Sacramento. 

CAhighways.org on US 99/CA 99

The route of CA 99 from I-5 north to Sacramento is tied back to Legislative Route Number 4.  A 359 mile section of LRN 4 between Los Angeles and Sacramento was approved by voters in 1910 via the 1909 First State Highway Bond Act.  By the Th…

Florida Friday; Pinola Train Wreck Site

In far eastern Citrus County along the Withlacoochee River there is a small ghost town known Pineola along former Florida State Road 39/County Route 39.  Pineola once was a siding of a Atlantic Coast Railroad line which as the sight of the "Great Train Wreck of 1956."


The former Atlantic Coast Railroad line is now part of the Withlacoochee State Trail which details the Great Train Wreck of 1956.  The Great Train Wreck of 1956 was a head-on collision between two trains; one heading south from Dunnellon and the other heading north from Croom.  Both trains were heading towards each other with a full payload of freight at speeds close to 50 MPH.  The wreck was blamed on foggy conditions leading to a failure to notice that both trains on the same track until was too late.  Apparently both trains had just been fitted with radios which the engineered involved refused to use until they were given pay as radio operators.  Apparently one of Croom Station agents attempted in vein to in…