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Former US Route 91 and US Route 466 in Baker

Baker is a former siding of the Tonopah & Tidewater Railroad located in the Mojave Desert of northern San Bernardino County, California.  Former US Route 91 and US Route 466 originally were aligned through the community of Baker via Baker Boulevard.  Following the construction of Interstate 15 the terminus of US Route 91 and US Route 466 were shifted around Baker for several years.  This blog examines the history of US Route 91 and US Route 466 within the community Baker.   Part 1; the history of US Route 91 and US Route 466 through Baker As noted in the intro Baker was a siding of the Tonopah & Tidewater Railroad which incorporated on July 19th, 1904.   The Tonopah & Tidewater Railroad was spurred by interests by the Francis Marion Smith of the Pacific Coast Borax Company.  The Pacific Coast Borax Company would locate the Lila C. Mine in 1901 in the Black Mountains near the eastern outskirts of Death Valley.  The Lila C. Mine was located 135 miles from the nearest railroad