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"Ridge Route, the road that united California."

The 4th revised edition was released on August 15, 2006. It is a complete history of the Ridge Route from 1915 forward. Hardback, 326 pages (now with 191 pictures). For an excerpt from the book, click here.

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"Ridge Route, The Road That United California" is now available for online purchase.


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The Ridge Route Book $30.00
The Ridge Route Book - Autographed $30.00

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An Excerpt from The Ridge Route

Join me as we step back in time and tour California's Scenic Ridge Route. When it opened in 1915 it was hailed as the "Magnus Opus" of mountain highway engineering. By-passed by the Ridge Alternate in 1933, it was left to the elements and all but forgotten. We will visit sites like Sanberg's famous Summit Hotel where you would have seen Cadillacs, Packards and Studebakers during the road's heyday. The sign out front read: "Truck Drivers and Dogs Not Allowed." Not far from Sandberg's we will locate the former site of the opulent Hotel Lebec, playground for Hollywood's finest. Screenwriters, directors and famous movie stars like Clark Gable and Carol Lombard made it their destination. The Ridge Road House, the National Forest Inn and Kelly's Half Way House are but a few of the other sites we will visit. Don't take your eyes off the road; motorists faced 697 curves when navigating the famous mountain highway. Rare and historic photos of the road and establishments that lined its route will highlight our adventure. We will visit the location where "Queen Nell" had her shack and review how her sister chased General Petroleum's pipeline crew from her property with a shotgun when they trampled her vineyard. We will follow "Ridge Route Annie's" adventurous search for gold. Read how highwayman relived unsuspecting motorists of their valuables, out of control trucks careening down hill when their brakes failed and the 1922 blizzard that stranded scores of motorists in freezing weather. All of this in addition to early history on north - south routes and how Los Angeles had to entice the Butterfield Stage and later the Southern Pacific Railroad into Los Angeles.

While this book focuses on the 1915 Scenic Ridge Route, it also addresses the 1933 Ridge Alternate, (U.S. Highway 99) and the current I-5 Ridge Route highway.

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A complete history of the Ridge Route from 1915 forward. Hardback, 326 pages with 179 pictures is also available at the following location(s):

AUTOBOOKS-AEROBOOKS
3524 West Magnolia Blvd.
Burbank, CA 91505
(818) 845-0707
 
BOOK GARDEN
189 East Pine St.
Exeter, CA 93221
(559) 592-2538
 
Center for Land Use Interpretation
9331 Venice Blvd.
Culver City, CA 90232
(310) 839-5722
 
DANIEL'S BOOK SALES
P. O. Box 60369
Bakersfield, CA 93386
(661) 871-0678
 

KAREN'S BOOKS
1315 Hot Springs Way # 104
Vista, CA 92081
(760) 736-9288

 
LIZZIE ANN'S BOOK STORE
59 Main Street
Sutter Creek, CA 95685
(209) 267-5680
 
OLD RIDGE ROUTE ANTIQUES
2124 Lebec Road
Lebec, CA
(661) 248-2128
 
RUSSO'S BOOKSTORE
1416 17th Street
Bakersfield, CA 93301
(661) 323-7323
 
RUSSO'S BOOKSTORE
9000 Ming (In The Marketplace)
Bakersfield (661) 665-4686
 

RUSSO'S BOOKSTORE
3000 Mall View Road
Bakersfield, CA 93306
(661) 872-0029

 
TORRANCE HISTORICAL SOCIETY MUSEUM
1345 Post Ave.
Torrance, CA 90501
(310) 3285392
 
SANTA CLARITA VALLEY HISTORICAL SOCIETY
Saugus Train Station, (661) 254-1275
Hours: 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. Sat. & Sun.
Newhall, California
 
The Huntington Library Bookstore
1151 Oxford Road
San Marino, CA 91108
(626) 405-2130
 
The Ridge Route Communities Museum and Historical Society
3515 Park Drive
(Open noon to 5:00 pm - Summer, noon to 4:00 pm - Winter)

P.O. Box 684 Frazier Park, CA 93225-0684
(661) 245-7747
 
VROMAN'S BOOK STORE
695 E. Colorado Blvd.
Pasadena (626) 449-5320
 
WILLIAM'S BOOKSTORE
443 West 6th St. (Between Pacific and Mesa)
San Pedro (310) 832-3631s

E-mail Ridge Route: RidgeRoute@yahoo.com


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