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California State Route 247

Between 2011 and 2016 I drove the entirety of California State Route 247.


CA 247 is 78 mile north/south State Highway contained entirely within the Mojave Desert of San Bernardino County.  CA 247 has a southern terminus at CA 62 in Yucca Valley and a north terminus at Interstate 15 in Barstow.

According to CAhighways.org the segment of CA 247 between CA 62 in Yucca Valley along Old Woman Springs Road to CA 18 in Lucerne Valley was part of Legislative Route Number 187.  LRN 187 was created by the State Legislature in 1959.

CAhighways.org on LRN 187

LRN 187 first appears as an unbuilt State Highway on the 1960 State Highway Map.

1960 State Highway Map

Old Woman Springs Road certainly ranks as one of the stranger names in the California State Highway system.  Surprisingly the story behind the "Old Woman Springs Road: name is somewhat well documented and mundane.  The name comes from the Old Woman Springs which was located in the 1850s by Colonel Henry Washington and is located just off of CA 247.  As the story goes the springs were well known to local tribes and the name came from the frequent visits made by elderly women.  More on the story behind the name of Old Woman Springs Road can be found on desertusa.com.

desertusa.com on Old Woman Springs 

By 1964 the California State Highway renumbering occurred and LRN 187 was changed to CA 247.  The 1964 State Highway map shows CA 247 on Old Woman Springs Road still as a proposed route.

1964 State Highway Map

By 1970 the route definition of CA 247 was extended north of Lucerne Valley to Barstow via Barstow Road.  CA 247 on Old Woman Springs Road and Barstow Road was brought up to State Highway standards sometime between 1970 and 1975.  This can be seen by comparing the State Highway maps from 1970 to 1975.

1970 State Highway Map

1975 State Highway Map

Both Old Woman Springs Road and Barstow Road existed long before LRN 187 or CA 247 existed.  Both roadways can be seen as maintained County Roads on the 1935 California Division of Highways Map of San Bernardino County.  Barstow Road appears to have largely straightened and shifted east of Lucerne Valley Cutoff Road.

1935 San Bernardino County Highway Map

CA 247 interestingly contains a spur route which connects to CA 18 in Lucerne Valley.  Main line CA 247 swings north towards Barstow on Barstow Road in Lucerne Valley whereas the spur route continues to CA 18 on Old Woman Springs Road.  The spur CA 247 is not signed with reassurance shields aside for a "To CA 18" heading northbound.  The Caltrans Post Mile tool shows the CA 247 maintained as part of Post Mile SBD 44.63-44.84.


This isn't exactly my best road photo but this is how the exit for CA 247 from I-15 appeared in 2011-2012.


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