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California State Route 74; the Pines to Palms Highway

This past October I drove a segment of California State Route 74 on the Pines to Palms Highway from CA 371 eastward to former CA 111 in Palm Desert.


CA 74 as of 1995 had 112 miles of State Maintained roadway along with 5 un-constructed miles.  CA 74 presently connects I-5 from San Juan Capistrano in Orange County eastward to the City Limits of Palm Desert of Riverside County  The segment of CA 74 from Perris east to former CA 111 is traditionally known as the Pines to Palms Highway.



Part 1; the history of California State Route 74 and California State Route 740...wait what? 

The majority of present CA 74 consists of the Ortega Highway between I-5 east to Perris and the Pines to Palms Highway east of Perris to Coachella Valley.  The Ortega Highway built by Orange County and Riverside County beginning in 1929 which concluded in 1933.  What became the Pines to Palms Highway was constructed in a joint project by Riverside County and the National Forest Service in the 1920s.  The Pines to P…
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