The original California State Route 6 was one of the original Sign State Routes announced during August 1934. As originally configured California State Route 6 was aligned from California State Route 3 in Santa Monica east to California State Route 39 near Fullerton. California State Route 6 was swapped to the second designation of California State Route 26 during 1937 to make way for US Route 6 to be extended into California. Beginning during the early 1940s the second California State Route 26 became a gapped route when it was bisected by US Route 101 Bypass. The second California State Route 26 is heavily tied to the development of Olympic Boulevard which wasn't complete until 1948. The gap in California State Route 26 was resolved during 1951 with the truncation of Legislative Route Number 171. California State Route 26 and Olympic Boulevard would gradually be replaced as Interstate 10 and the Santa Monica Freeway were constructed from 1957-1965.
Depicted above as the blog cover is a view on California State Route 26 on Olympic Boulevard approaching Fox Film Company studios during 1941. Below the California State Route 26 can be seen on the 1938 Division of Highways Map.
The history of California State Route 6 and the second California State Route 26
What was to become California State Route 6 was brough into the State Highway System during 1933 via the additions of Legislative Route Number 173, Legislative Route Number 166 and Legislative Route Number 171. The original definition of Legislative Route Number 173 (LRN 173) was as follows:
"LRN 60 in Santa Monica to the intersection of Ninth and Indiana Streets in Los Angeles via Tenth Street."
The original definition of LRN 166 was as follows:
"LRN 172, at the intersection of Indiana and Third Streets, in Los Angeles, to LRN 171 near Santa Fe Springs."
The original definition of LRN 171 was as follows:
"LRN 60 near Huntington Beach to LRN 2 near Whittier."
LRN 173 and LRN 166 both appear for the first time on the 1934 Division of Highways Map. LRN 173 is shown originating at LRN 60 in Santa Monica and following Pico Boulevard into Los Angeles. LRN 173 is shown following Pico Boulevard, 10th Street, 9th Street and Mines Avenue to LRN 166. LRN 166 from the eastern terminus of LRN 173 is shown following Anaheim-Telegraph Road to LRN 171 in Santa Fe Springs. LRN 171 from the eastern terminus of LRN 166 is shown following Valley View Avenue and La Mirada Road to an intersection with LRN 62 at Grand Avenue.
The February 1937 California Highways & Public Works announced the naming of Olympic Boulevard and provided an update on it's construction as a component of California State Route 26/LRN 173. The development of Olympic Boulevard is stated to have begun during 1922 as a local movement. Olympic Boulevard once complete would allow for a direct alignment for California State Route 26/LRN 173 to occupy between US Route 101A in Santa Monica east to LRN 166 east of downtown Los Angeles. LRN 173 is noted to have been added to the State Highway System following local level difficulties for obtaining right-of-way for the Olympic Boulevard corridor. Segments of Olympic Boulevard are shown on both ends of downtown Los Angeles as being completed. A temporary end to the Olympic Boulevard corridor at Fox Film Company studios is shown in one of the article photos.
California State Route 26/LRN 173 on Olympic Boulevard at Santa Fe Avenue in Los Angeles is featured in the December 1938 California Highways & Public Works.