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Great website. I rode over the Ridge Route as a child in the early 1950's in the family 1939 DeSoto. Last year I became interested in the various routes' histories as an organizer of the May 2000 re-enactment of the 1913 Pan Pacific Road Race. The fifty old race cars retraced the pre-1915 route up through San Francisquito Canyon Road over a three day run from the ACSC (AAA) headquarters in L.A. up to Visalia. Pete Cowper - Visalia

Pete Cowper - pcowper@webtv.net
Wednesday, February 28, 2001 7:10:16 PM

I have just recently signed onto this site,mainly because of the article in this month's Westways magazine. I am familiar with stories about the ridgeroute, my mother and her parents drove it frequently in the late twenties and throughout most of the next 5 years. Keep up the great work.

Richard Viner - RAVNDLP@hotmail.com
Wednesday, February 28, 2001 9:16:43 AM

I like your site. I've traveled the RR several times and missed most of the historical sites. It would be great to add GPS coordinates and current photos of the sites to make our historical searching a little easier. Perhaps that is a project I might take on this spring. Best of Luck.

Dave Tolley - Dave@Celebcentral.com
Tuesday, February 20, 2001 9:33:41 AM

My friend and I drove the length of the ridge route today.. and just loved it!There was snow all over the ground.. and we took lots of pix..the last time I went over the ridge was 25 years ago.. on my street bike.. not much has changed.. still a beautiful place..with the help of your site.. we were able to pinpiont lots of places that we would have driven past and not known anything about..THANK YOU so much for your help and information..keep up the GREAT work.

Tim Drusen - tdrusen@aol.com
Saturday, January 27, 2001 10:53:50 PM

Love your site! I am hoping to meet people to do a Highway 99 project in Washington State living in Bellingham, we can travel all three of the routes: 1st 2 99's and I-5. Congrats. on getting the Ridge Routeon the register and good luck with its restoration. All the best. Jeffrey A. Fox bellingham, WA.

Jeffrey A. Fox - irongoat4@home.com
Sunday, January 07, 2001 11:27:44 AM

Love your site! I hope you plan to expand with more historic photographs as they come available to you. I traveled the Ridge Route late yesterday for the first time. From Castaic Junction to Gorman in our '62 Imperial. The Route was dicey in places, especially for a 5,000lb auto nearly 19 feet long. Racing the setting sun meant I didn't have too much time to stop and savor, but did manage to stop at Tumble Inn, Swede's Cut and Granite Gate. Saw only two other car's - a Jeep and a little Honda. Horror or suprise on their faces I couldn't tell. It's very peaceful up there on the ridge. Having views nothing less than *spectacular* on BOTH sides of the Route at the same time gives the impression you are driving on the top of the world! I'll be back to both - the "Route" and to your site to soak up the history. Long Live The Ridge Route!

Jay Mc Kee - ImperialMCMLXII@aol.com
Friday, December 29, 2000 12:53:46 PM

Scotty, Looks inviting. Will have to take a trip one of these days. Thanks, Frank

Frank Consolo - Easypar5@aol.com
Thursday, December 14, 2000 12:16:57 PM

Love your web site with all its historic views and buildings..I travel the ridge route all the time,and I'd like to say, It's the most peaceful and scenic roadway I have ever been on ..I can drive from Castaic to my home in Three Points and not pass or even see another car the whole way...Just luv it.. Bob Mayon Three Points Roadhouse

Bob Mayon - threepoints@earthlink.net
Thursday, November 30, 2000 7:28:25 PM

A fine site dedicated to a part of California's history. I enjoyed the pictures and narrative. PS - Scotty; Rosemarie says "hi" and "way to go."

C. L. "Butch" Kleinberg - sm-mtn@pacbell.net
Sunday, November 12, 2000 11:17:22 AM

This site is just terrific. I have been on the old road numerous times seeing places I didn't know the names of and wondering what they were when they fluorished. Some qestions: Where was the Newhall tunnel and where was the Beale cut? I have heard them both mentioned many times, but have no idea where they are. I would very much like to find out the dates of your tours if they scheduled ahead of time or what it takes to be notified when a tour is scheduled. Please let me know. Again, wonderful site. Bob

Bob Reed - drbreed@aol.com
Friday, October 13, 2000 7:57:33 PM

I love the new site. I'm glad to see that it's being updated.

jane r. - greatsite@thanks.com
Wednesday, October 04, 2000 10:32:34 AM

In Regard to Holland's Summit remark above. You are referring to the latter road. The original 1915 road map as reflected on this web site is correct. Harrison I. Scott. site operator. Thank you for visiting my site. RidgeRoute@Compuserve.com
- Remote User:
19 Dec 1999

holland summit garage and resturant as shown on the map is located in the wrong place it should be just about at the tejon summit - Remote User:
19 Dec 1999

We had a great ride on the ridge and took your postings with us as a tour guide. You can't get onto the route from Castaic right now because of the home construction. A little more info. on the Kelly ranch. Much of the Ridge Route and the Half Way Inn site is in view of the ranch even though it's several miles and two canyons away. Still, it wasn't a long drive to get there; maybe a half hour. On the ranch we found the initials "KJ" carved in a large log that appeared to have been a top post to a ranch gate, so it may be that Kelly's last name started with a J. If Kelly was the first owner he must have had some money to cut that road, bring in power and a telephone to the site. Maybe the power came later, but the road is a cliff-hanger in some spots. - Remote User:
28 Nov 1999

I've lived in the Santa Clarita Valley for over 35 years and have traveled the route by jeep and motorcycle. One of my sons and I are going to ride the ridge tomorrow and go out to the Kelly ranch. This is the one you thought may have some connection to Kelly's or the Half Way Inn. I don't know if there is a connection or not, but I found some information that may help you out if you want to go that far. There is a website called " Roy's Hikes In The Angeles National Forest" At the end of hike #2, Atmore Meadows to the Gillette Mine, Bear Canyon, there is an e-mail entry from a man who used to stay on the ranch back in the 70's and he names the last several owners of the property back to Kelly whom he did not know, but tells a little about. You could probably trace the man through property records and see if they are the same. Read the story any way. It's extremely interesting. Gordon Risser, 9ofus1@prodigy.net Santa Clarita - Remote User:
26 Nov 1999

Fred Delano 62Lyon Ave Sanger, Ca. Enjoyed our short talk,I'll look for records and historic documents. Will leave you a message as soon as possible. Fred Delano Delanofj@cs.com - Remote User:
20 Nov 1999