Dos Palos is a city located in Merced County on California State Route 33. Modern California State Route 33 passes through Dos Palos on a northward course via Elgin Avenue towards the California State Route 152 at Dos Palos Y. Originally California State Route 33 entered Dos Palos via Brannon Avenue and Valeria Avenue from the Fresno County Line. California State Route 33 passed through downtown Dos Palos via Center Avenue and Blossom Street towards Elgin Avenue. North of Dos Palos at Dos Palos Y the routing California State Route 33 joined California State Route 152 via what is now Azusa Avenue. Below the original alignment of California State Route 33 in Dos Palos can be observed on the 1935 Division of Highways Map of Merced County.
Part 1; the history of California State Route 33 in Dos Palos
The origin of the name of Dos Palos dates back to the 1820s and the explorations of San Joaquin Valley by Gabriel Moraga. The area around the modern-day community of Dos Palos was identified by Moraga in his writings by two isolated poplar trees. The two poplar trees were referred to as "Dos Palos" by Moraga when describing the area. The two poplar trees identified by Moraga was cited as the boundary of Rancho Sanjon de Santa Rita when it granted by the Mexican Government during 1841. During the American period of California, the Mexican land grants were honored by the State government. Rancho Sanjon de Santa Rita was ultimately purchased by Henry Miller during 1866, the Dos Palos boundary having stuck as something of a naming convention.
In 1891 Henry Miller was convinced to plot a siding community along the new Southern Pacific Railroad line in western San Joaquin Valley. The location new siding community was given the name "Dos Palos Colony" in reference to the boundary of Rancho Sanjon de Santa Rita. Dos Palos Colony was found to be located poor agricultural land which led to the creation of a second town site being plotted two miles to the east during 1892. The second town site came to be known as "Colony Center" and began to thrive. Dos Palos Colony managed to linger on given it was the location of Dos Palos Station.
During 1906 the United States Post Office designated Dos Palos Colony as "South Dos Palos" and Colony Center as "Dos Palos." The names of both communities ultimately stuck which would culminate with Dos Palos incorporating as a city on May 24th, 1935.
As noted in the intro the original alignment of CA 33/LRN 41 headed northbound crossed the Merced County Line via Brannon Avenue and Valeria Street into the community limit of Dos Palos. CA 33/LRN 41 passed through downtown Dos Palos via Center Avenue, Blossom Street and followed Elgin Avenue towards CA 152 at Dos Palos Y. From Dos Palos Y CA 33 northbound began a multiplex with CA 152 towards Los Banos.
CA 33/LRN 41 can be seen entering Merced County via Brannon Avenue and Valeria Street on the 1935 Division of Highways Map of Fresno County.