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California State Route 49
« on: June 30, 2018, 09:54:35 PM »

I didn't see a catch-all thread for California State Route 49 on this board so I figured it was time to create one given it traverses through Gold Country and ranks among the more scenic highways in the state.

That said, I spent some time out of CA 49 today updating my photos from CA 41 in Oakhurst north to Bear Valley at Signed County Route J16.  Essentially the goal is to update first part of this two part series to be in line with the second terms of traffic control photos.  Ultimately I want a complete highway guide in line with the format I've used since late 2016.

http://surewhynotnow.blogspot.com/2018/04/california-state-route-49-golden-chain.html

http://surewhynotnow.blogspot.com/2017/06/california-state-route-49golden-chain.html

So to that end I created a catch-all photo album with all the best stuff I've taken the last two years on CA 49.  So far I've done CA 41 north to the Merced River Canyon near Bagby.  I'll be working on CA 49 from CA 132 to CA 16 next:

https://flic.kr/s/aHsmeoM3Ss

That said I do have various photo albums already in place that I'll be drawing from which can be viewed below:

CA 49 from CA 16 over Yuba Pass to CA 89
https://www.flickr.com/gp/151828809@N08/43Gv0y

CA 49 in the Merced River Canyon
https://flic.kr/s/aHskXDCEAE

2016 Golden Chain Highway Photo album
https://flic.kr/s/aHskRLdvj6

Challenger versus CA 49 in the Merced River Canyon
https://www.flickr.com/photos/151828809@N08/albums/72157676841809083

Kemble Road under the East Fork Chowchilla River Bridge
https://flic.kr/s/aHsm3cBXW3

New Melones Lake
https://www.flickr.com/photos/151828809@N08/albums/72157685467129855


I've noticed gogoldcountry49 has had some updates as well recently.  This was the project I had some involvement with earlier this year:

https://gogoldcountry49.com/

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Re: California State Route 49
« Reply #1 on: July 15, 2018, 01:33:41 AM »

Substantially updated my photos of CA 49 from Coulterville north to Sutter Creek.  I was able to capture all the junction shields and applicable mileage BGSs along 49.  I stopped at Railtown 1897 and picked up a ton of worthwhile photos.  So far the album below is at 912 photos from CA 49 with on the small section north of Sierraville to CA 70 left to go.  I'm anticipating finishing the route photos some time in early September:

https://flic.kr/s/aHsmeoM3Ss

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Re: California State Route 49
« Reply #2 on: July 17, 2018, 12:40:28 AM »

I've started making historical alignment maps related to CA 49 from Oakhurst northward. The first two maps reference the right-of-way that pre-dated the late 1960s extension of CA 49 from Oakhurst to Mariposa. I based my maps off the 1935 County Map scans from the California Division of Highways which can be found on davidrumsey.com.

1Nipinnawasee by Max Rockatansky, on Flickr

2EastForkChowchilla by Max Rockatansky, on Flickr

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Re: California State Route 49
« Reply #3 on: July 18, 2018, 12:11:23 AM »

Made some substantial changes based off some suggestions from Daniel at CAhighways.org.  Namely the maps will include Post Miles and contextual area maps showing the overall area location.  The only issue is that that I can't seem to get the modern CA Highway Spade to pull up on Kendrick.org, but I can always add those later.  Essentially I'm going for the following theme:

Green:  Denotes the current route of CA 49.
Red:  Denotes a former alignment that is confirmed.  I will add historic shields for roadways that were part of CA 49 or any other multiplexed highway.  In the examples below none of the roads were CA 49 but the pre-existing right-of-way before the 1960s extension to Oakhurst.
Blue:  Unconfirmed but likely former alignments of CA 49.
Yellow:  Unbuilt alignments of CA 49.

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Re: California State Route 49
« Reply #4 on: July 18, 2018, 11:30:32 AM »

Consider (if space permits) putting your color-code key on the map as appropriate (you can probably make one small file, and just paste it into each image.

In mapping project news (i.e., adding maps to cahighways), I completed 125 last night, although I need to fix some postmiling. I added a bit of extra history to 118, as it is the closest to my house.
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Re: California State Route 49
« Reply #5 on: July 18, 2018, 11:49:23 AM »

Consider (if space permits) putting your color-code key on the map as appropriate (you can probably make one small file, and just paste it into each image.

In mapping project news (i.e., adding maps to cahighways), I completed 125 last night, although I need to fix some postmiling. I added a bit of extra history to 118, as it is the closest to my house.

Iím looking at either adding those at the or doing them on cover page if there isnít enough space.  I got the shields working on Kendrick this morning.  Iím pretty certain Iíll have everything done and drawn at some point tomorrow.

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Re: California State Route 49
« Reply #6 on: July 21, 2018, 12:00:53 AM »

So far I've made 15 maps and I'm almost done updating the first blog with the maps incorporated along with new photos.

1Nipinnawasee by Max Rockatansky, on Flickr

2EastForkChowchilla by Max Rockatansky, on Flickr

3Bootjack by Max Rockatansky, on Flickr

4Mariposa by Max Rockatansky, on Flickr

5MtBullion by Max Rockatansky, on Flickr

6Coulterville by Max Rockatansky, on Flickr

7Coulterville by Max Rockatansky, on Flickr

8Jacksonville by Max Rockatansky, on Flickr

9ChineseCamp by Max Rockatansky, on Flickr

10YosemiteJunction by Max Rockatansky, on Flickr

11Jamestown by Max Rockatansky, on Flickr

12Sonora by Max Rockatansky, on Flickr

13Melones by Max Rockatansky, on Flickr

14SanAndreas by Max Rockatansky, on Flickr

15MokelumneHill by Max Rockatansky, on Flickr

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Re: California State Route 49
« Reply #7 on: July 21, 2018, 11:52:54 PM »

I was able to confirm some alignments and changed some of my maps from yesterday:

3Bootjack by Max Rockatansky, on Flickr

5MtBullion by Max Rockatansky, on Flickr

7Coulterville by Max Rockatansky, on Flickr

8Jacksonville by Max Rockatansky, on Flickr

13Melones by Max Rockatansky, on Flickr

Plus add some new ones all the way to Placerville:

14SanAndreas by Max Rockatansky, on Flickr

15MokelumneHill by Max Rockatansky, on Flickr

16Jackson by Max Rockatansky, on Flickr

17SutterAmador by Max Rockatansky, on Flickr

18ElDorado by Max Rockatansky, on Flickr

19Placerville by Max Rockatansky, on Flickr

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Re: California State Route 49
« Reply #8 on: July 22, 2018, 05:46:26 PM »

Finished all the remaining maps and update both Part 1/Part 2 of the CA 49 blog series.  Really all that's left is to take road photos of CA 49 between CA 89 north to CA 70 which is likely to happen next month.

20ForestHill by Max Rockatansky, on Flickr

21GrassValley by Max Rockatansky, on Flickr

22NevadaCity by Max Rockatansky, on Flickr

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Re: California State Route 49
« Reply #9 on: July 24, 2018, 01:29:44 AM »

Outstanding work (as usual), Max -- this time you've outdone yourself -- and on a route worthy of the effort!  Obviously the LRN 233/CA 49 realignment never materialized -- probably hardly worth it, considering the relatively meager usage the longstanding facility gets -- and it's not really all that bad for a rural/mountain highway; gets the job done and is pretty damn scenic in the process!   
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Re: California State Route 49
« Reply #10 on: July 25, 2018, 12:02:12 AM »

Outstanding work (as usual), Max -- this time you've outdone yourself -- and on a route worthy of the effort!  Obviously the LRN 233/CA 49 realignment never materialized -- probably hardly worth it, considering the relatively meager usage the longstanding facility gets -- and it's not really all that bad for a rural/mountain highway; gets the job done and is pretty damn scenic in the process!

That's the thing, I've tried to keep the map drawings of former alignments limited to top tier highways where it really merited the effort.  That said, thanks largely to the input of Daniel I have a solid template that is workable and should be somewhat easy to do with increasing frequency in the future. 

In regards to the LRN 233 segment, I have no idea what the Division of Highways was smoking.  Those cuts would taken 49 through some pretty haggard terrain.  The existing road essentially stays at the bottom of a relatively flat valley which is why I ultimately suspect it was formally adopted.

 


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