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Paper Highways of the Mojave Desert and San Gabriel Mountains; CA 48 (ii), CA 122, CA 196, and CA 249

In this edition Paper Highways the planned California State Highways of the Mojave Desert and San Gabriel Mountains are explored.  This issue will cover the planned routes of; the second CA 48, CA 122, CA 196, and CA 249.



Part 1; the wholesale Legislative Route adoptions of 1959

CA 48, CA 122, CA 196, and CA 249 prior to the 1964 State Highway Renumbering all were adopted as planned Legislative Routes ("LRN") in 1959.  Part of the planned LRN 267 west of Lancaster was already part of the existing CA 138 on LRN 59.  CA 48 east of Lancaster was planned as LRN 267 which was to have an eastern terminus at LRN 266.  LRN 266 was planned to originate from CA 2/LRN 61 near La Canada Flintridge and cross north/northeast over the San Gabriel Mountains into the Mojave Desert near Palmdale.  LRN 266 was planned to continue northeast from Palmdale to former US 466/LRN 48 near Hawes.  LRN 266 became CA 249 and CA 122 during the 1964 State Highway Renumbering.  LRN 269 was planned to be rou…
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2016 Summer Mountain Trip Part 24; Colorado State 150 and Great Sand Dunes National Park & Preserve

Upon crossing the San Juan Mountains via Wolf Creek Pass I continued east towards Alamosa.  My next destination was at the north terminus of Colorado State Route 150 at Great Sand Dunes National Park & Reserve.


This article serves the 24th entry in the 2016 Summer Mountain Trip Series.  Part 23 regarding US Route 160 over Wolf Creek Pass can be found below.

2016 Summer Mountain Trip Part 23; US Route 160 over Wolf Creek Pass

The current CO 150 is a 16.114 mile north/south State Highway located entirely in Alamosa County which connects from US 160 to Great Sand Dunes National Park & Preserve.  The current iteration of CO 150 was created in 1974.  That said, CO 150 appears to be something of a State Highway designation that has refused to die.

The first CO 150 was added to the State Highway System in the late 1920s.  The first CO 150 began in Mosca and followed what is now Lane 6 east to current CO 150.  The original CO 150 followed the current highway to the vicinity of where t…