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  3. Michael Ballard

    Historic Highway 99 Association of California

    We now have a PO BOX and are setting up some projects across the state. Hoping to hear back from Calexico soon, but am expecting delays due to the holidays and such. 2021 will be the Year of US 99 if we can help it!
  4. Keep the Show on the Road!

    Historic Highway 99 Association of California

    Michael, Congratulations! I look forward to your good work. Dave Keep the Show on the Road!
  5. Michael Ballard

    Historic Highway 99 Association of California

    The Historic Highway 99 Association of California is now official! Our incorporation paperwork cleared this morning, 12/8/2020, and we are now a California Non-Profit Public Benefit Corporation. Really excited about getting things going!
  6. knightfan26917

    Still alive? Been A While!

    As y'all can see, I'm horrible at replying within a "decent" timeframe. I had every intention of visiting again last Sunday, but a meeting with a client took longer than I'd anticipated ... and the entire day's schedule got even more out of whack with a close friend needing some help-support as well. That noted ... glad to see the replies. Forums seem to have slowed down, if not altogether completely gone away, since what felt like their "heyday" back in the early 2000s. Back then, I was a member of over 30 message boards and thoroughly enjoyed it ... & scheduled road trips around meeting people from those forums. At one dinner in Oklahoma City, I discovered a guy I'd known for years on a auto manufacturer-specific message board had been taught by my grandfather in HS in rural Oklahoma. Can't make those type of connection stories up. I get goose bumps every time I tell that story. Michael ... I, too, am looking forward to being able to socialize in person again. Glad to see interest in US 99. I also checked out your Ridge Route website as well. Nice! Dave ... glad to see you are alive & well, too! My goodness ... I didn't realize you are 80 years old! You seem like a youngster. Cort, 4 OHS * https://www.oldcarsstronghearts.com/ocsh-network/ 2003 MGM LS + 1981 cmc SC; want 1975 Chrysler Cordoba "Rockies are calling, Denver snow falling" | Steve Wariner/Alabama | 'Tennessee Christmas'
  7. Michael Ballard

    Still alive? Been A While!

    I'll make sure there is a link to the forum on my website. Might help get some traffic this way.
  8. Keep the Show on the Road!

    Still alive? Been A While!

    Cort, I visit the Forum form time to time, and good to know your are still trucken :). The Virus has kept me off long cross country trips, but fortunately I have a bundle under the belt, with memories, photos, and friends. As Michael observes, forums have declined in popularity. It is regretful because they offer a means for genuine thoughtful exchange, not thought clips with an image or two tossed in I created and operated a forum for one of the famous auto trails for a year or two not long ago, but even the senior officers got tired of it, and when I stopped paying the bill, it went away…..no regrets or recriminations, just the simple fact that it was not making big waves!! :) We had a good run here thanks to American Road and the Repps. Frankly it was a terrific experience and great fun. But technology changes, and we move on. I have thousands of photographs, and thousands of vintage maps, along with tons of stories and travel logs from over a decade…..a rich and rewarding trove in these Virus days, in large part because of American Road and the Forum. At 80 I am still keeping the show on the road!! OH, and Michael, I probably have some maps I could copy for you if you need some. But much of my stuff is pre '99 (before 1926-27) Dave Keep the Show on the Road!
  9. Michael Ballard

    Still alive? Been A While!

    The forums have indeed slowed. Not quite sure why. They have been a great resource of information. I know I've been busy with the new Historic Highway 99 Association of California. Looking forward to the days when we can be more active with the public. So much to do!
  10. knightfan26917

    Still alive? Been A While!

    * I used to be a daily-regular poster, but I haven't posted in ~1.5 years! How are you in this crazy year of 2020? Reviewing threads I've posted over the years, life changes & stays the same, with different & similar things important from time to time. Connections highlight life, with this world becoming smaller than we think sometimes. To those who remember me, I'm still alive; my daily visits here with many of you are some of my treasured memories. Lots has been happening (& not happening) for me, but I'm gearing up to re-start the daily schedule on my updated hobby website: https://www.oldcarsstronghearts.com/ ...which has more OC,SH NETWORK members: https://www.oldcarsstronghearts.com/ocsh-network/ I have also created a separate-new website for another hobby, my radio shows, with more details than before: https://www.cdshowcase.com/ Cort, pig & cow valves with pacemaker 2003 MGM LS + 1981 cmc SC; need 1975 Chrysler Cordoba "It's always the same old story, you never know what you've got til its gone" | Mike & the Mechanics | 'All I Need Is A Miracle'
  11. Greetings all, I am currently working to create a new organization for the benefit of US 99, at least in California if not Washington and Oregon. More details will follow, but so far it is likely to be called the Historic Highway 99 Association of California. I am currently working on the paperwork for the various aspects of the organization. Our website, https://historic99.org , is a work in progress but is functional. If you are interested in helping with any of this, please let us know!
  12. One of the things I've been pondering is how to get the public more aware of not only the historic Ridge Route, but the Ridge Route Preservation Organization itself. An idea I came up with is to get Historic Route US 99 signs posted in Castaic, along that section of the Ridge Route. Optimally, this signage would also be posted along Castaic Road (1933-1951) and at the northern end from State 138. I know it will be a long process but I am willing to put the time in. If anyone has any suggestions or advice in this regard, I'd love to hear it!
  13. roadtrip62

    Miscellaneous Roadtrips

    Places around the country on US-numbered routes.
  14. Michael Ballard

    Original Pacific Highway Identified

    That section of Jackson Highway was one of the highlights of that day of my 2009 bicycle tour.
  15. Michael Ballard

    Us 99 News?

    Fires are "in season" again. US 99 in Southern California has been getting hit as well. So far, one has more directly impacted the road near Gorman along Gorman Post Road. The current one, known as the Lake Fire, could go west directly toward the Ridge Route if the winds shift. Onshore winds have blown it more toward the desert, almost to the Antelope Valley Poppy Reserve. I had hoped to head up to the Ridge Route on August 22, but that will likely be delayed. Hopefully it doesn't burn to the road as there are some flammable items up there that date to the era when the Ridge Route was the main highway.
  16. Michael Ballard

    Mystery City On The Yellowstone Trail Rediscovered

    Very cool finds! Makes me want to get a detector and go over parts of the Ridge Route.
  17. Michael Ballard

    The Origin of Ford Jokes

    The test for cars, such as those, at the time was to take it over Newhall Pass. Prior to 1910, you would have gone through Beale's Cut with 18% grades on either side. Fun times!
  18. Road Warrior

    Mystery City On The Yellowstone Trail Rediscovered

    I came across this old photo in the July 30, 1916 issue of the Oregonian. It may be the only photo of Spencer that is known. I also included some photos of an expedition to Spencer in June of 2019 showing what we found. Happy trails Curt
  19. Road Warrior

    The Origin of Ford Jokes

    I saw this in the April 21, 1921 issue of the Oregonian about the 1903 Ford Model A, the first on the west coast.
  20. Keep the Show on the Road!

    The Railroad Bridge that became a Highway Bridge

    Curt, Your Olequa piece on your site is terrific!!! Beautiful job. Dave
  21. Michael Ballard

    Fort Vancouver to Fort Steilacoom Military Road

    Very nice work! Your site was quite helpful on my 2009 bicycle tour of US 99 through Washington state.
  22. The Olequa Bridge was built in 1872, by the Northern Pacific Railroad. The bridge was abandoned about 1910 and the old right of way became a highway in 1927. The highway bridge was removed sometime the in late 1950's. https://www.pacific-hwy.net/olequa.htm
  23. Here is my story of the old Mud Road, better known as the Fort Vancouver to Fort Steilacoom Military Road completed in 1861. The was the first wagon road through the Cowlitz Corridor between Portland and Olympia. After the Northern Pacific Railroad was completed in 1872, between Kalama and Tacoma, the road began to fade away. https://www.pacific-hwy.net/westside.htm
  24. Road Warrior

    A Rare Section Of Original Pavement On Us99/ Pacific Highway

    This section of the old highway is one of the oldest roads in the state of Washington. This road was built about 1839 after the Puget Sound Agricultural Company (PSAC) began to farm on the Cowlitz Prairie. The PSAC was a subsidiary of the Hudson's Bay Company. This road was originally about a mile long an ran between Simon Plamondon's farm, the Cowlitz Mission and the PSAC farm, which was known as the Cowlitz Farms. Plamondon was a retired HBC employee who arrived at Washougal 1816 and started work for the HBC. He and retired in 1837. John McLoughlin asked him if he would settle on the Cowlitz Prairie as the British were trying to establish settlements north of the Columbia so they could make the river the international boundary. Plamondon agreed and that was the beginning of the Cowlitz Settlement. The French-Canadian families living in the Willamette valley, petitioned in 1834 for Catholic priests. The priests were approved to come to Oregon and start a mission, but had to depend on the HBC to get them there. They agreed to transport them on the condition they build the church north of the Columbia at the Cowlitz settlement, to bolster the British presence north of the river. The church agreed to the request and Fathers Blanchet and Demers opened the Cowlitz Mission in 1839. This road was used to get from the settlement to the church. This section of road became the Pacific Highway in 1915 and the attached old photo was taken about a mile north of the Plamondon road. I attached a drawing of my best attempt at a duplication of the 1853 BLM map on a Google map. Happy trails Curt
  25. Road Warrior

    Original Pacific Highway Identified

    Finally made it out to Lewis and Clark State Park. to see the old highway. Here is the webpage I created about the Jackson Hill. https://www.pacific-hwy.net/jackson_hill.htm Happy trails Curt
  26. For those not familiar, the Ridge Route was realigned quite a bit in the mid-1920's. In the process, many sections of wooden railing and concrete curbing were lost. Still, the road did need it. One of the more "famous" realignments was known as the "Callahan Line Change" where multiple reversing curves were replaced in a somewhat dramatic fashion with one long curve. As it happens, this section was yet again realigned when I-5 was built, almost completely obliterating any trace of it. Almost, that is. https://socalregion.com/highways/ridge_route/rrt003/
  27. Michael Ballard

    Us 99 Tour - Extended

    Well, the tour has been extended yet again. Now the northern terminus is just south of Tulare, where a pre-1931 alignment with bridges can be found. https://socalregion.com/highways/us_99/
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