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.
Probably the most unique Trans-Sierra Highway Pass I encountered in 2016 was the only one that isn't a State Maintained Roadway; Sherman Pass Road and Signed County Route J41.
Getting to Sherman Pass Road requires traveling deep in to Sequoia National Forest. From the western Sierras the easiest routes are from California State Route 190 or from Signed County Route J22 east of CA 99. When I was on my way to Sherman Pass I ended up taking J22 in Tulare County from CA 99 east on Sierra Avenue and Avenue 56 to Fountain Springs. In Fountain Springs J22 has an eastern terminus but the road continues into Sequoia National Forest and through California Hot Springs as Mountain Route 56.
California Hot Springs essentially is a ghost town located at 3,081 feet above sea level. California Hot Springs opened up 1882 as a health resort which grew into a small community with a shopping center. The California Hot Springs Resort burned down in 1932 followed by the shopping center in 1968. T…
The other day I was browsing bridgehunter.com when I noticed that there an old Concrete Pony Truss bridge spanning the Fresno Slough in rural Fresno County near Burrell on Elkhorn Avenue. Today I went out to the old span to grab some photos.
The Old Elkhorn Avenue Bridge apparently dates back from 1916 according to bridgehunter.com.
I don't have an exact date for the replacement Elkhorn Avenue span over Fresno Slough but the old grade still has paint which makes it apparent the replacement probably was built in the last two decades.
As stated above the Old Elkhorn Avenue Bridge spans Fresno Slough. Fresno Slough is a tributary connecting the Kings River to northwest to the San Joaquin River. Before Tulare Lake dried up it would occasionally crest at about 210 feet above sea level which caused a back flow into the Kings River. The back flow of Tulare Lake would in turn flow through Fresno Slough towards the San Joaquin River. Today Fresno Slough rarely…
After completing California State Route 155 and CA 202 I found myself near Tehachapi Pass. That being the case I trip back down to the Central Valley on CA 58 would have been mundane so I opted for the routing of US Route 466 to through Bakersfield.
This is the 2nd Part to the US Route 466 Legacy Series. The first entry covered California State Route 46 and the overall history of US 466.
The routing of US 466 compared to modern CA 58 is substantially different from Tehachapi west to Bakersfield. Heading westward US 466 would have diverged from CA 58 onto Tehachapi Boulevard passing through the community of Monolith before entering the city of Tehachapi proper. Within Tehachapi US 466 turned south on Curry Street and west on Valley Boulevard.
Since I was on CA 202 I started my trek on the routing of US 466 at Valley Boulevard and Tucker Road.
US 466 diverged from Valley Boulevard and CA 202 at Woodford-Tehachapi Road heading …