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Ghost Town Tuesday; Norris, Montana

On my way to Yellowstone in 2015 I drove through a small ghost town called Norris on US Route 287 heading southbound in Madison County at the junction of Montana State Route 84.






Norris is located on Hot Springs Creek and was settled in the 1860s due to mining claims located in the area.  Norris apparently wasn't all that successful as a mining camp but was close enough to the larger mines in Virginia City and Nevada City to warrant being a terminus of a Northern Pacific Railroad Spur.  Norris and it's Northern Pacific Spur can be seen on this 1891 Map of Montana.

1891 Montana State Map

During the Auto Trail era Norris was surrounded by signed routes but apparently never had one enter it.

1924 Montana Auto Trail Map 

MT 1 was eventually routed through Norris which can be seen on this 1951 State Highway Map.

1951 Montana Highway Map

As stated in the Nevada City blog MT 1 eventually became MT 287 leading up to the extension of US 287 into Montana by 1965. 

USends on US 287

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Legacy of US Route 466 Part 2; Tehachapi to Bakersfield

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.

Legacy of US Route 466 Part 1; California State Route 46

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 …