Among all the nooks and crannies and all of the little surprises you can find along the quiet southwestern coast of Nova Scotia is the Sandford Drawbridge. Purported to be the world's smallest manually operated draw bridge, the Sandford Drawbridge is located in the small fishing village of Sandford, not far from Yarmouth. The bridge was constructed so fisherman and visitors could cross from one side of the wharf system to the other without having to travel out to the road and around. Boats are brought in through the narrow channel between opposite sides of the wharf in Sandford and the small drawbridge allows the boats to pass through to where they are be moored.
Last year I traveled California State Route 49 from CA 16 north to CA 89 in one continuous trip. The prior two years I traveled the rest of CA 49 south to CA 41 in Oakhurst. This blog post consists of photos of the highway from that time period and historical information about the southern part of CA 49.
This blog post is meant to be a continuation of the previous one I did regarding CA 49 from CA 16 north to CA 89. A link to said blog post can be found below:
As stated in the previous blog post; CA 49 is an approximately 295 mile long north/south highway which traverses the traditional Gold Rush Country of California. While I intend to discuss county level historical alignments of CA 49 as I did in the first blog post I thought this would be a good place to discuss the backstory of highway.
CA 49 was first signed in 1934 along a series of Legislative Route Numbers ("LRN") that were largely locate…
Upon my arrival in downtown Seattle after taking the Bremerton-Seattle Ferry across Puget Sound I stopped to see the soon to be razed Alaskan Way Viaduct. The Alaskan Way Viaduct is an elevated freeway and a former segment of US Route 99. Interestingly US 99 is still signed at the southbound Viaduct Ramp located at Columbia Street and 1st Avenue in Pioneer Square.
This blog entry is the second in a series of two related to transportation in Seattle related to the Alaskan Way Viaduct. The first entry in the series can be found here:
Continuing from the previous blog entry I mentioned Railroad Avenue as a major planked wood road corridor spanning Elliott Bay and the Waterfront of downtown Seattle. By the early 20th century it was fairly obvious the wooden plank road was woefully inadequate for Automobile traffic. When US Route 99 was plotted out in 1926 it appears to have likely used the following route …
Picking back up from Part 5; I had just left Needles on US 95/I-40. I followed I-40 west of the US 95 junction, I continued west until I split away from the Interstate at Exit 107. I hadn't been to the Mojave section of US 66 since 2012 and I wasn't going to pass up the opportunity to revisit on a cross-country trip.
I don't intend this to be anything more than me gushing over returning an old abandoned highway that I've always enjoyed. For a full historical analysis of the Mojave section of US 66 in California I would suggest reading this previous blog.