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California State Route 44 and California State Route 440

This past month I drove California State Route 44 from Lassen Volcanic National Park west to Redding.  California State Route 44 contains an interesting back story which has origins as California State Route 440.   California State Route 44 ("CA 44") is a 105 mile east/west State Highway.  CA 44 originates at CA 273/CA 299 in downtown Redding of Shasta County, traverses eastward into the Cascade Mountains, and terminates at CA 36 near Susanville of Lassen County. 
Part 1; the history of California State Route 44The origins of CA 44 date back to 1933 when Legislative Route 20 ("LRN 20") was extended east from Redding to Lassen Volcanic National Park.  This extension of LRN 20 was meant to reach the northern terminus of Lassen Park Highway which had been completed through Lassen Volcanic National Park in 1931.  LRN 20 between Redding and Lassen Volcanic National Park first appears on the 1934 Division of Highways State Map.  
In the August 1934 California Highways &…
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