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California State Route 233

Circumstance had me heading out of Fresno northbound.  With that being the case I decided to finish CA 233 that I had missed out of due to traffic when I photo-clinched CA 152.  CA 233 is a tiny state highway running entirely on Robertson Boulevard from CA 99 in Chowchilla four miles southwest to CA 152.







Before CA 99/US 99 was a freeway what is now CA 233 would have terminated at Chowchilla Boulevard ahead in the photo below.  Originally Chowchilla Boulevard would have had a junction with Robertson Boulevard north of the railroad tracks roughly where the "Chowchilla City Limit" sign is located now.



Chowchilla has only been around since the very early 20th century and is named after the river of the same name which follows out of the Sierras to the San Joaquin River.  The name Chowchilla is an incorrect spelling of the Chaushila tribe.


Leaving Chowchilla on CA 233 southeast there is a dual row of palms lining Robertson Boulevard.







Only the last mile of CA 233 before the terminus at CA 152 is actually a 55 MPH zone.






Prior to 1964 the route that became CA 233 was unsigned Legislative Route Number 124 which was adopted in 1933.  The change from LRN 124 to CA 233 can be observed on the maps below, CAhighways.org has a stub on the highway as well.

CAhighways.org on CA 233

1963 State Highway Map

1964 State Highway Map

1969 State Highway Map




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