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Throwback Thursday - October 19, 2017

This week's edition of Throwback Thursday takes us back to April 2005 to the town of North Canaan, Connecticut. Here, we come across a typical US 7 route shield, but also a sign for the Ethan Allen Highway. If you recall from your history books, Ethan Allen is a key historical figure from the early days of Vermont. US 7, of course, runs across the western parts of Connecticut, Massachusetts and Vermont.


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California State Route 201

The second route I photo clinched on Monday was CA 201 from CA 245 west to CA 99.  CA 201 is a 25 mile route which traverses much of central Tulare County and a small part of Fresno County.  CA 201 is almost a two-lane roadway aside from a small part in Kingsburg.  CA 201 westbound begins in a place known as Elderwood and is somewhat hilly being in the Sierra Foothills for the first couple miles.













CA 201 crosses the Kern-Friant Canal entering San Joaquin Valley.





In Yettem CA 201 junctions with the northern segment of the unsigned County Route J23 at Road 156.





West of Yettem CA 201 turns north and multiplexes CA 63 for two miles before cutting west towards Kingsburg.









The entire 16 miles of CA 201 west of CA 63 are a straight shot towards CA 99.





CA 201 has two major junctions before Kingsburg with County Route J19 on Road 80/Alta Avenue and County Route J31 at Road 56.  I want to say J19 is still signed in Fresno County but it doesn't appear that J31 is signed at all.


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California State Route 216

Circumstance found me on the road on an odd Monday afternoon.  That being the case I decided to photo-clinch two California State Highways; the first being California State Route 216.






CA 216 is a 19 mile route looping from the CA 198 freeway in Visalia at Lover's Lane east back to CA 198 in Lemon Cove.  The highway is mostly rural and two-lane for most of it's course through Tulare County.  I exited the CA 198 freeway onto Lover's lane and started CA 216 eastward towards Lemon Cove.  Lover's Lane is a north/south street that is used to skirt over to the CA 198 freeway.






At Houston Avenue CA 216 turns east towards Woodlake.  Originally CA 216 continued west on Houston Avenue towards downtown Visalia and CA 63 but I'll touch on that later.






CA 216 drops from four to two lanes on Houston Avenue and exits the city of Visalia.






At Road 158 CA 216 junctions with the southern segment of County Route J23.  J23 is actually split into two segments, the northern segment actually…

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.


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…