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California State Route 177

The first Californian signed highway I ever fully clinched was the quiet California State Route 177 out in the middle of the Sonoran Desert of Riverside County in 2011.  At the time I was working frequently in the Inland Empire Area and would use CA 177 as a shortcut to Mohave County, Arizona and Clark County, Nevada.  The last time I visited CA 177 in any capacity was in 2016.


The current CA 177 is the second highway to carry the designation and was authorized by the Legislature in 1972 according to CAhighways.org.  The current CA 177 is 27 mile north/south highway between I-10 north in Desert Center to CA 62.

CAhighways.org on CA 177

CA 177 was built over existing Rice Road out in the Sonoran Desert.   The full route of CA 177 appears a fully fledged State Highway first on the 1975 State Highway Map.

1975 State Highway Map

As a route the southern terminus of CA 177 is at I-10 in Desert Center.  Desert Center is a ghost town that was founded in the early 1920s as a transportation hub a…

Cruise on Woodward (M-1/Old US 10 in Detroit)

While recently in the Mid-West I visited my home town of Detroit to attend a Tigers baseball game at Comerica Park.  Given Comerica Park is located on Woodward Avenue I figured a "cruise" south from I-94 to downtown Detroit was in order.


Few urban roadways can claim to be as classic Americana or as essential to modern transportation as Woodward Avenue.  Woodward Avenue is the central north/south roadway in the City of Detroit and is mostly known as being part of US Route 10.  Woodward Avenue begins at Jefferson Avenue at the Detroit River and travels north out of the city where it ends near downtown Pontiac in a loop configuration.  Woodward Avenue is part of M-1 from Grand Circus Park in downtown Detroit north to Bloomfield Township where it becomes part of the US 24/I-75 Business Loop at Square Lake Road.

Detroit has origins dating back to 1701 when it was founded as Fort Pontchartrain du Detroit by French explorer Antoine de la Mothe Cadillac on the north bank of the Detr…