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California State Route 273; former US Route 99 through Redding and Anderson

This past Labor Day weekend I found myself in Shasta County on the way home from Lassen Volcanic National Park.  That being the case I decided to take a detour on California State Route 273 through Redding and Anderson.  California State Route 273 is aligned almost entirely on what was US Route 99 aside from a segment of Market Street in downtown Redding.


California State Route 273 ("CA 273") is a 16 mile north/south State Highway which serves as a loop of Interstate 5 ("I-5") through the communities of Redding and Anderson.  As noted above CA 273 is largely aligned over the previous corridor of US Route 99 ("US 99") but diverges slightly from Market Street in downtown Redding.  



Part 1; the history of US Route 99/California State Route 273 through Redding and Anderson

Redding and Anderson lie on or near the banks of the Sacramento River of Shasta County.  Redding is presently the largest City in the Southern Cascade region as it boasts a population of a…
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