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Drawing of US 99 through California. Notice 99E and 99W near the north end.
Drawing of US 99 through California. Notice 99E and 99W near the north end.

See also: California State Route 99, Oregon Highway 99, Washington State Route 99 From http://www. ... From http://www. ... JUNCTION POSTMILE I-5 KN 0. ... Jump to: navigation, search Oregon Highway 99 is a state highway that runs between the northern and southern border of Oregon. ... Washington State Route 99 is a highway in the state of Washington, U.S.A. It extends just over 50 miles from Fife in the south to Everett in the east. ...


U.S. Highway 99 was the West Coast's main north-south route until 1964, one of the original United States highways first proposed in 1926, the single-busiest truck route in the United States and one of the few highways that ran from Mexico to Canada. Known also as the "Golden State Highway" and "The Main Street of California," US 99 was an important route in California throughout much of the 1930s as a route for Dust Bowl immigrant farm workers to traverse the state. Prior to 99's construction, it was an important stagecoach route linking the two international borders. Current U.S. Highway shield Current U.S. Highway shield in California The United States Highway System is an integrated system of roads in the United States numbered within a nationwide grid. ... Jump to: navigation, search 1926 was a common year starting on Friday (link will take you to calendar). ... Jump to: navigation, search State nickname: The Golden State Other U.S. States Capital Sacramento Largest city Los Angeles Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger (R) Senators Dianne Feinstein (D) Barbara Boxer (D) Official languages English Area 410,000 km² (3rd)  - Land 404,298 km²  - Water 20,047 km² (4. ... Dust storm approaching Stratford, Texas The Dust Bowl, also known as the Dirty Thirties, was a series of dust storms caused by a massive drought that began in 1930 and lasted until 1941. ... Jump to: navigation, search Buffalo soldiers guard a Concord style stagecoach somewhere in the American West, ca. ...

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Routing

California

The highway started at the border with Baja California in Calexico, California. It then continued north along the western shore of the Salton Sea. The stretch is now known as California State Highway 86. 99 continued along present-day California State Highway 111 through Coachella to its intersection at Dillon Road with another major US route signed as both US 60 and US 70. Jump to: navigation, search Baja California is the northernmost state of Mexico; it is mostly located on the northern half of the Baja California peninsula. ... Location [[Image:{{{image_map}}}|280px|Location of Calexico, California]] {{{map_caption}}} Political Charateristics County Imperial Mayor Alex Perrone Physical Characteristics Incorporated 1908 Area      Land      Water 7. ... Jump to: navigation, search The Salton Sea (with local/regional cities) The Salton Sea and the Imperial Valley as seen from the Space shuttle. ... California State Highway 86 is a north-south highway in the southeastern desert region of Southern California. ... California State Highway 111 is the main north/south state highway and retail corridor through the Coachella Valley, a part of the Colorado Desert in the southeastern corner of the state and famous as a resort destination. ... Coachella is a city located in Riverside County, California; it is the easternmost city in the region collectively known as the Palm Springs area. ... United States Highway 60 is an east-west United States highway, running 2,670 miles (4,300 km) from Virginia to Arizona. ... United States Highway 70 is an east-west United States highway that runs for 2,385 miles (3,838 km) from eastern North Carolina to east-central Arizona. ...

Highway 99 between Lebec and Bakersfield, 1943. View is to the north
Highway 99 between Lebec and Bakersfield, 1943. View is to the north

Now multiplexed as US 60/70/99, the highway continued north through Indio and turned west toward Los Angeles paralleling the route of modern Interstate 10. In Beaumont, 60 split off on its own westward trek to Los Angeles. The highway through Beaumont (known as Ramsey Street) was bypassed the new superhighway version of 60/70/99 that would later wear Interstate 10 shields. The edges of the old US 60 shield at the replacement interchange's overhead sign are clearly visible today underneath the California State Highway 60 shield that covers it up. US 70 ended in downtown LA while 99 turned north once again more or less following the route of today's Interstate 5, up and over Grapevine Hill in the Tehachapi Mountains to the San Joaquin Valley. 99's original alignment over the hill was known in its earliest days as the Ridge Route, the first highway directly linking the Los Angeles Basin to the San Joaquin Valley. Built in 1915, the alignment between Castaic and Highway 138 in Gorman is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. This section was bypassed in 1933 by the three-lane "Alternate Ridge Route" (now at the bottom of Pyramid Lake). From the southern tip of the San Joaquin Valley at the foot of the Grapevine, US 99 then continued arrow-straight to Sacramento where it split into two highways, 99E and 99W. The two highways rejoined in Red Bluff and continued once again as US 99 through Oregon, Washington and to the border with British Columbia, becoming British Columbia provincial highway 99. Download high resolution version (964x752, 292 KB) File history Legend: (cur) = this is the current file, (del) = delete this old version, (rev) = revert to this old version. ... Download high resolution version (964x752, 292 KB) File history Legend: (cur) = this is the current file, (del) = delete this old version, (rev) = revert to this old version. ... Lebec is a census-designated place located in Kern County, California. ... Indio, California, is a U.S. city located in the Coachella Valley of Southern Californias desert region. ... Jump to: navigation, search The City of Los Angeles (from Spanish; Los Ángeles, ) also known simply as L.A., is the second-largest city in the United States in terms of population, as well as one of the worlds most important economic, cultural, and entertainment centers. ... MAJOR JUNCTIONS JUNCTION EXIT # I-5 CA 18-19 I-15 CA 57 I-17 AZ 143 I-17 AZ 150 I-8 AZ 199 I-19 AZ 260 I-25 NM 145 I-20 TX 187 I-35 TX 570-572 I-45 TX 768 I-49 LA 103... Beaumont is a city located in Riverside County, California. ... California State Highway 60 (CA/SR-60) is an east-west freeway located entirely within Southern California. ... Jump to: navigation, search This article needs to be cleaned up to conform to a higher standard of quality. ... Grapevine Hill is a rest stop for many commuters who travel on California State Highway 99. ... Tehachapi Mountains The Tehachapi Mountains are a short transverse range in southern California in the United States, running SW-NE to connect the Coast Ranges on the west with the southern end of the Sierra Nevada mountains on the east. ... The eight-county San Joaquin Valley is the part of the Central Valley of California that lies south of the Sacramento-San Joaquin River Delta in Stockton. ... Vintage postcard of the Alternate Ridge Route, later a part of U.S. Highway 99. ... The Los Angeles Basin is the coastal sediment-filled plain located between the peninsular and transverse ranges in southern California in the United States containing the central part of the city of Los Angeles. ... Castaic, California (2000 Census population 22,173 in the 91384 ZIP Code) is a Los Angeles County, USA unincorporated community north of Santa Clarita in Castaic Canyon a few miles north of the Santa Clarita Valley and Six Flags Magic Mountain amusement park. ... California 138 (or CA-138 for short) is an east-west highway generally following the northern foothills of the San Gabriel Mountains of southern California between Gorman, junction Interstate 5 eastward to Crestline, junction California State Highway 18 in the San Bernardino Mountains. ... Gorman, California is an unincorporated community in northwestern Los Angeles County just west of the Antelope Valley where three mountain ranges meet: The San Gabriels, Tehachapis and the Coast Range. ... The National Register of Historic Places is the USAs official list of districts, sites, buildings, structures, and objects worthy of preservation. ... Pyramid Dam with Pyramid Lake is a part of the California Aqueduct, as is its neighboring Castaic Lake and dam which lies seven miles (10 km) south. ... Jump to: navigation, search City nickname: The Big Tomato Location Location of Sacramento in California Government County Sacramento Mayor Heather Fargo Physical characteristics Area      Land      Water 99. ... Jump to: navigation, search Red Bluff is the county seat of Tehama County, California. ... Jump to: navigation, search State nickname: Beaver State Other U.S. States Capital Salem Largest city Portland Governor Ted Kulongoski (D) Senators Ron Wyden (D) Gordon Smith (R) Official language(s) None Area 255,026 km² (9th)  - Land 248,849 km²  - Water 6,177 km² (2. ... Jump to: navigation, search State nickname: The Evergreen State Other U.S. States Capital Olympia Largest city Seattle Governor Christine Gregoire (D) Senators Patty Murray (D) Maria Cantwell (D) Official languages None Area 184,824 km² (18th)  - Land 172,587 km²  - Water 12,237 km² (6. ... Jump to: navigation, search Motto: Splendor Sine Occasu (Splendour without diminishment) Other Canadian provinces and territories Capital Victoria Largest city Vancouver Lieutenant-Governor Iona Campagnolo Premier Gordon Campbell (BC Liberal) Area 944,735 km² (5th) • Land 925,186 km² • Water 19,549 km² (2. ... British Columbia provincial highway 99 is the major nouth-south artery through the Greater Vancouver Regional District. ...


Oregon

The former route of U.S. Highway 99 in Oregon mostly follows routes currently signed as Oregon Highway 99, 99E, and 99W. The primary exception is from the California-Oregon state border north to Ashland, Oregon, where U.S. 99 is currently named Old Highway 99 S from the state border to exit 6 of Interstate 5. The former route is coterminous with Interstate 5 from exit 6 to the junction of Oregon Highway 99 in Ashland. The Plaza Ashland is a city in Jackson County, Oregon, near Interstate 5 and the California border. ...


Washington

Unlike California and Oregon, much of the former route of U.S. Highway 99 in Washington exists as county roads and regular city streets; only the route from Fife, Washington to Everett, Washington still retains the official "99" moniker (as Washington State Route 99). The following is a simplified list of Washington counties and cities that portions of the old route traverse, along with their local names. Fife is a city located in Pierce County, Washington. ... Everett High School (part of Everett Public Schools) Everett Public Schools logo Everett Station Everett is a city located in Snohomish County, Washington. ...

Former U.S. Highway 99 Route in Washington
Road or Street Name Nearest City County
Interstate 5 (to exit 3) Vancouver Clark
Main Street Vancouver Clark
Hazel Dell Avenue Vancouver Clark
NE 117th Street Vancouver Clark
Hwy. 99 NE Vancouver Clark
NE 134th Street Vancouver Clark
NE 29th Avenue Vancouver Clark
NE 10th Avenue Vancouver Clark
NE Timmen Road Vancouver Clark
NW Pacific Hwy. La Center Clark
Old Pacific Hwy. Woodland Cowlitz
Interstate 5 (from exit 22 to exit 27) Kalama Cowlitz
Old Pacific Hwy. S Kalama Cowlitz
Kelso Drive (exit 36) Kelso Cowlitz
Pacific Avenue Kelso Cowlitz
Pleasant Hill Road Kelso, Castle Rock Cowlitz
Huntington Avenue S (Business Loop 5) Castle Rock Cowlitz
Old Pacific Hwy. N Castle Rock Cowlitz
Barnes Drive Castle Rock, Toledo Cowlitz, Lewis
SR 505 Toledo Lewis
Jackson Highway Toledo, Chehalis Lewis
Market Blvd. Chehalis Lewis
National Avenue Chehalis Lewis
Kresky Road (N) / National Avenue (S) Chehalis Lewis
Kresky Avenue (N) / S. Gold Street (S) Centralia Lewis
Tower Avenue (N) / S. Pearl Street (S) Centralia Lewis
Main Street Centralia Lewis
Harrison Avenue Centralia Lewis
Old Hwy. 99 Centralia, Grand Mound, Tenino, Tumwater Lewis, Thurston
Capitol Blvd. Tumwater Thurston
Capitol Way Olympia Thurston
4th Avenue Olympia Thurston
Pacific Avenue Olympia, Lacey Thurston
Old Pacific Hwy. SE Lacey Thurston
Old Nisqually Road Nisqually Pierce
Interstate 5 (exit 116 to exit 124) DuPont Pierce
Pacific Hwy. SW Lakewood Pierce
South Tacoma Way Lakewood, Tacoma Pierce
E. 26th St. Tacoma Pierce
E. G St. Tacoma Pierce
Puyallup Avenue Tacoma Pierce
Pacific Hwy. E Fife Pierce
SR 99 Fife Pierce
SR 99 Federal Way, SeaTac, Tukwila, White Center, Seattle, Shoreline King
SR 99 Mountlake Terrace, Lynnwood, Mukilteo, Everett Snohomish
Broadway Everett Snohomish
Everett Avenue Everett Snohomish
20th Street SE Everett Snohomish
Sunnyside Blvd. Everett, Marysville Snohomish
State Avenue Marysville Snohomish
Smokey Point Blvd. Arlington Snohomish
SR 530 Arlington Snohomish
Pioneer Highway E Arlington, Stanwood Snohomish
Pioneer Highway E Conway Skagit
Conway Frontage Road Conway Skagit
Old Highway 99 S. Road Mount Vernon Skagit
Riverside Drive Mount Vernon Skagit
S. Burlington Blvd. Burlington Skagit
Chuckanut Drive (SR 11) Burlington, Bellingham Skagit, Whatcom
11th Street Bellingham Whatcom
S. State Street Bellingham Whatcom
Boulevard Street Bellingham Whatcom
N. State Street Bellingham Whatcom
E. Holly Street Bellingham Whatcom
Prospect Avenue Bellingham Whatcom
DuPont Avenue Bellingham Whatcom
Elm Avenue Bellingham Whatcom
Northwest Avenue Bellingham Whatcom
W. Bakerview Road Bellingham Whatcom
Pacific Hwy. Bellingham, Ferndale Whatcom
Main Street Ferndale Whatcom
Riverside Drive Ferndale Whatcom
Barrett Road Ferndale Whatcom
Vista Road Ferndale Whatcom
Bay Road Ferndale Whatcom
Blaine Road Birch Bay, Blaine Whatcom
Peace Portal Drive Blaine Whatcom
D Street Blaine Whatcom
12th Street Blaine Whatcom

Washington State Route 99 is a highway in the state of Washington, U.S.A. It extends just over 50 miles from Fife in the south to Everett in the east. ...

Decommissioning and replacement routes

US 99 "Ridge Route Alternate," 1948
US 99 "Ridge Route Alternate," 1948

By 1968, US 99 was completely decommissioned with the completion of I-5, but the highway's phasing out actually began July 1, 1964 thanks to the passage of Collier Senate Bill No. 64 on September 20, 1963. The bill launched a major program designed to greatly simplify California's increasingly complicated highway numbering system and eliminate multiplexed postings like the aforementioned 60/70/99. The highways that replaced it are: Download high resolution version (756x953, 237 KB) Wikipedia does not have an article with this exact name. ... Download high resolution version (756x953, 237 KB) Wikipedia does not have an article with this exact name. ... Decommissioned highway Largely in the United States of America, as the states build freeways as a new classification of highways, the state may strip the old highway of its old designation as a numbered highway or downgrade it to a lesser status. ...

  • SR-111 and SR-86 between the Mexican border and Indio.
  • I-10, replacing US 60 and US 70 between Indio and Los Angeles as well.
  • I-5 from north of downtown all the way to its modern-day split in Wheeler Ridge before 99's final decommissioning in 1968.

California State Highway 111 is the main north/south state highway and retail corridor through the Coachella Valley, a part of the Colorado Desert in the southeastern corner of the state and famous as a resort destination. ... The international border between Mexico and the United States runs a total of 3,141 km (1,951 miles) from San Diego, California, and Tijuana, Baja California, in the west to Matamoros, Tamaulipas, and Brownsville, Texas, in the east. ... Jump to: navigation, search MAJOR JUNCTIONS JUNCTION POSTMILE I-5 LA 0. ... California State Route 110 extends from from California State Route 47 in USA. Most of Route 110 south of Interstate 10 is designated Interstate 110; the southernmost section is again signed as a state route. ...

State highway 99

All three states have replaced some portions of US 99 with state highways of the same number: A state highway in the United States is a numbered highway primarily administered and financed by a state government. ...

  • Washington: 50 miles (80 km) of US 99, from Fife to Everett, is now Washington State Route 99. It is mostly a surface-level highway with the exception of the Alaskan Way Viaduct through downtown Seattle.
  • Oregon: Most of former US 99 in Oregon now signed as Oregon Highway 99. The route still provides surface-level access to many southern Oregon towns served by I-5. It also provides access to many towns in the Willamette Valley. Between Junction City and Portland, the highway splits into eastern and western routes known as 99W and 99E respectively. For significant stretches, OR 99 shares an alignment with I-5; the highway is signed with both route numbers when this occurs.
  • California: The 415 mile (668 km) stretch of I-5 between Wheeler Ridge and Red Bluff is signed as California State Highway 99 which makes it California's second-longest state highway behind SR-1.

Jump to: navigation, search State nickname: The Evergreen State Other U.S. States Capital Olympia Largest city Seattle Governor Christine Gregoire (D) Senators Patty Murray (D) Maria Cantwell (D) Official languages None Area 184,824 km² (18th)  - Land 172,587 km²  - Water 12,237 km² (6. ... Fife is a city located in Pierce County, Washington. ... Everett High School (part of Everett Public Schools) Everett Public Schools logo Everett Station Everett is a city located in Snohomish County, Washington. ... Washington State Route 99 is a highway in the state of Washington, U.S.A. It extends just over 50 miles from Fife in the south to Everett in the east. ... The Alaskan Way Viaduct, looking southeast The Alaskan Way Viaduct is an elevated section of Washington State Route 99 that runs along the Elliott Bay waterfront in Seattles Industrial District and downtown. ... City nickname Emerald City City bird Great Blue Heron City flower Dahlia City mottos The City of Flowers The City of Goodwill City song Seattle, the Peerless City Mayor Greg Nickels County King County Area   - Total   - Land   - Water   - % water 369. ... Jump to: navigation, search State nickname: Beaver State Other U.S. States Capital Salem Largest city Portland Governor Ted Kulongoski (D) Senators Ron Wyden (D) Gordon Smith (R) Official language(s) None Area 255,026 km² (9th)  - Land 248,849 km²  - Water 6,177 km² (2. ... Jump to: navigation, search Oregon Highway 99 is a state highway that runs between the northern and southern border of Oregon. ... The Willamette Valley is the region in northwest Oregon in the United States that surrounds the Willamette River as it proceeds northward from its emergence from mountains near Eugene to its confluence with the Columbia River. ... Junction City is a city located in Lane County, Oregon. ... Jump to: navigation, search Portland is the largest city in the U.S. state of Oregon, and county seat of Multnomah County. ... Jump to: navigation, search State nickname: The Golden State Other U.S. States Capital Sacramento Largest city Los Angeles Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger (R) Senators Dianne Feinstein (D) Barbara Boxer (D) Official languages English Area 410,000 km² (3rd)  - Land 404,298 km²  - Water 20,047 km² (4. ... California State Highway 99 is a 415 mile (668 km) highway that traverses Californias Central Valley from the north at Red Bluff to the south near Bakersfield. ... JUNCTION POSTMILE I-5 ORA 0. ...

US 99 and the white line

Though US 99 never achieved the fame or romance that was enjoyed by another California highway, the world-famous Route 66, it was quite possibly a more important one as it linked the entire state, unlike 66. Also, US 99 was the progenitor of an important innovation in highway safety. Doctor June McCarroll worked as a nurse for the Southern Pacific Railroad soon after US 99 opened. Her office in Coachella bordered on the new highway (today a part of SR-86) and was the scene of many a head-on collision. Alternate meanings of Route 66: New Jersey State Highway 66, Interstate 66, and a company named after the route US Highway 66 or Route 66 was and is the most famous road in the United States highway system and quite possibly the most famous and storied highway in the world. ... The Southern Pacific Railroad (AAR reporting mark SP) was an American railroad. ...


After much lobbying on her part, Nurse McCarroll took it upon herself to paint a stripe down the middle of the highway, which effectively kept the two lanes of traffic separated. This was the first ever highway marking of its kind and was soon adopted worldwide. A stretch of nearby Interstate 10 has been named in her honor. MAJOR JUNCTIONS JUNCTION EXIT # I-5 CA 18-19 I-15 CA 57 I-17 AZ 143 I-17 AZ 150 I-8 AZ 199 I-19 AZ 260 I-25 NM 145 I-20 TX 187 I-35 TX 570-572 I-45 TX 768 I-49 LA 103...


Related US Routes

Alternate US-99 was designated from Bellingham to the border with Canada from 1954 to 1969. ... U.S. Highway 199 is a spur of former U.S. Highway 99. ... U.S. Highway 299 was a highway that ran across Northern California, USA. It runs from Arcata on the Pacific Ocean to Alturas by way of Redding. ... U.S. Highway 399 was a U.S. Highway that ran from Ventura, California to Bakersfield, California. ... This list of United States Highways is grouped by the 1- or 2-digit parent highway, although in some cases, a 3 digit highway is totally unrelated to its apparent parent. ...

External links

  • Information on the Ridge Route
  • Clark's Travel Center and Route 99 Museum, Indio, California
  • Finding Historic Route 99
  • Unofficial US - Hwy 99 Museum
  • Highways of Washington State - US 99
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