One of the best views along the Parkway in Northwestern North Carolina is the Mount Jefferson viewpoint near milepost 267. Looking northwards from the overlook, a panoramic view of Mt. Jefferson (Elev. 4550') and the surrounding area awaits. Mt. Jefferson was originally called Negro Mountain because of runaway slaves that hid within the mountain's caves while fleeing north. The mountain was renamed Mt. Jefferson after the nearby town (which is named after Thomas Jefferson) when Mt. Jefferson State Park was formed in 1956. It is now known as Mount Jefferson State Natural Area.
This past week I decided to take a small scale road trip on California State Route 190 from CA 99 east to the unbuilt section over the Sierra Nevada Range. While I was in for what turned out to be a fun drive following the course of the Tule River watershed what I found researching the back story of CA 190 was one of the most complex and unusual stories of any California State Highway. Given that I had a ton of older photos of the eastern segment of CA 190 in the Mojave Desert of Inyo County I thought it was time to put something together for the entire route. The simplified story of CA 190 is that it is a 231 mile state highway that has a 43 mile unbuilt gap in the Sierra Nevada Range. CA 190 is an east/west State Highway running from CA 99 in Tulare County at Tipton east to CA 127 located in Death Valley Junction near the Nevada State Line in rural Inyo County. The routing CA 190 was adopted into the State Highway system as Legislative Route 127 which was adopted in 1933 acc