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U.S. Route 99 - The Pacific Highway
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U.S. Route 99 ran from the border of Mexico to the border of Canada and was the major north/south highway for the West Coast of the United States for decades. This category seeks to waymark the unique pieces of Americana and history that still lie along this long ago supplanted route.
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Highway 99 ran from the border of Mexico to the border of Canada and was the major north/south highway for the West Coast of the United States for decades. It became a numbered U.S. highway in 1926, however the route existed long before that as a Native American trail, then a traders' mule trail, a stagecoach trail, rail lines and finally as the Pacific Highway, the road that predates the U.S. 99.

The Pacific Highway, sometimes confused with the Pacific Coast Highway (U.S. 101), was championed and a large portion was built by the road building pioneer, Sam Hill, early in the 20th century, long before the U.S. Highway System was established. At the time Hill called it an "auto trail."

The road played an interesting part in the nation's history when it became an important travelling route throughout the 1930's for Dust Bowl immigrant farm workers traversing the state of California looking for work. The California section of the highway is sometimes known as the "Golden State Highway" or "The Main Street of California."

By 1968 Route 99 was completely decommissioned with the completion of Interstate 5. The businesses along the road quickly went into decline as cars whizzed past on the new interstate. A few of these pieces of Americana still remain, ghosts of the past and wonderful examples of America's early love of the automobile. The goal of this category is to find those remaining spots and waymark them before they disappear forever.

The full length of the highway still exists, although at times with other names. Most of California and Oregon's stretches still go by 99, but other than a fifty mile stretch, Washington's portion has been largely renamed as county and city roads. Wikipedia's U.S. 99 article has a helpful chart that lists the current names of 99 as it passes through different sections of Washington.

For additional information about California's section of the highway check out the "Finding Historic Route 99" Website. The "Highways of Washington State" Website has a page on Highway 99 that gives in depth descriptions of the path it takes through the state.

What to post: This category is for cataloging the people, places, events, and things that are a part of the history, culture, and lore of U.S. 99 – anything that captures the spirit of U.S. 99 during its heydey (1910's through 1968). Potential waymarks might be pieces of Americana such as diners or motor lodges, historic markers about the road, historic structures along the road, roadside attractions, etc. Submissions to this category must be found along Route 99 and will be judged as acceptable by qualifying for at least one of these three criteria:

  • Does it represent period culture?
  • Is it distinctive or of significant interest?
  • Is it an important milestone or marker?
  • If you are interested in America's historic highways you also might want to look at these categories: The Dixie Highway, Lincoln Highway Markers, The Mother Road: Route 66, or the U.S. Route 40: The National Road.
  • Instructions for Posting a U.S. Route 99 - The Pacific Highway Waymark:
    Please provide a brief description and at least one photograph (no self-portraits, or GPS photos needed) of the locations. These could be historical markers referencing the highway, historical statues, milestones, important structures, and even pieces of Americana such as old motor lodges, and local attractions.
    Instructions for Visiting a Waymark in this Category:
    Please give a brief description of your visit. Maybe why you were there, what you found interesting, or something along those lines. Photos are also encouraged. Although the only requirement to log a visit to a waymark in this category is to physically visit the location, the photos and extra information you can provide about the area is very helpful.
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    U.S. Route 99 - The Pacific HighwayBakersfield Arch - Bakersfield, CA

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    The Bakersfield arch by Hway 99 in Bakersfield, CA.

    posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member saopaulo1

    location: California

    date approved: 4/9/2016

    last visited: 11/9/2018

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    U.S. Route 99 - The Pacific HighwayGarces Statue and Traffic Circle - Bakersfield, CA

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    In the Garces Circle at North Chester Street and State Route 204 (Former US 99) in Bakersfield, CA. N35 23 11.6 W119 01 07.7

    posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member fresgo

    location: California

    date approved: 5/11/2008

    last visited: 12/14/2014

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    U.S. Route 99 - The Pacific HighwayJefferson Davis ~ Father of National Highways

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    This bronze plaque on the grounds of the Kern County Museum in Bakersfield honors Jefferson Davis as the Father of National Highways.

    posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member brwhiz

    location: California

    date approved: 11/11/2013

    last visited: never

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    U.S. Route 99 - The Pacific HighwayThe End of the Line, Wheeler Ridge, CA

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    The southernmost point of the Central Valley and the end of California's State Route 99

    posted by: Groundspeak Regular Member Bernd das Brot Team

    location: California

    date approved: 6/14/2008

    last visited: 6/20/2012

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    U.S. Route 99 - The Pacific HighwayDelano Bicentennial Bridge

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    The High Street Grade Seperation in Delano, California constructed in 1935.

    posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member fresgo

    location: California

    date approved: 8/16/2010

    last visited: 8/16/2010

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    U.S. Route 99 - The Pacific HighwayFort Tejon - Lebec, CA

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    One of the oldest settlements in Kern County.

    posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member bluesnote

    location: California

    date approved: 10/28/2016

    last visited: 10/28/2016

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    U.S. Route 99 - The Pacific HighwayRidge Route Communities Historical Society & Museum

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    3515 Park Drive, Frazier Park, California. Free admission.

    posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member fresgo

    location: California

    date approved: 8/16/2010

    last visited: 7/12/2015

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    The original road between Los Angeles and Bakersfield went through here before Interstate 5 was built. This is old U.S. Highway 99.

    posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member bluesnote

    location: California

    date approved: 3/24/2016

    last visited: 12/29/2018

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    On at the I-5 Interchange North Bound Offramp to East Bound State Route 126.

    posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member fresgo

    location: California

    date approved: 8/16/2010

    last visited: 6/20/2016

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    U.S. Route 99 - The Pacific HighwayWilshire Service Station/Red Triangle - Selma, CA

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    2550 Whitson St. Selma, CA 93662

    posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member fresgo

    location: California

    date approved: 8/30/2010

    last visited: 8/30/2010

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    U.S. Route 99 - The Pacific HighwayFreeway Lanes - Selma CA

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    8265 East Dinuba Avenue, Selma CA 93662 At the intersection of Golden State Boulevard.

    posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member fresgo

    location: California

    date approved: 9/9/2010

    last visited: 9/11/2011

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    U.S. Route 99 - The Pacific HighwayFresno Co Orange ave at old 99 right of way marker

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    Old highway right of way marker. West of Golden State Blvd (old 99) East of Orange Ave.

    posted by: Groundspeak Regular Member rwfairbanks

    location: California

    date approved: 2/26/2009

    last visited: 3/10/2009

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