The Ridge Route was the popular name given to an early 20th-century
road in the United States. The Ridge Route was California's first
highway, linking the Los Angeles Basin with the San Joaquin Valley;
it was particularly used to travel from the city of Los Angeles to
Bakersfield. Its official name was the Castaic-Tejon Route. In 1895,
the State Bureau of Highways was created by Governor James H. Budd
who appointed three highway commissioners: R.C. Irvine of Sacramento,
Marsden Manson of San Francisco and L. Maude of Riverside. Though a
great deal of the route had been daylighted (widened) and paved in
asphalt by the mid-1920s, much of the 1919 concrete pavement remains
intact. In some areas, Model T tire tracks can still be seen, left
decades ago in the still-soft concrete.
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Today's selected anniversaries:
1399 The Duke of Lancaster deposed Richard II to become Henry IV
of England, merging the Duchy of Lancaster with the crown.
1980 Ethernet specifications were published by Xerox, working
with Intel and Digital Equipment Corporation.
1982 Cyanide-laced Tylenol killed six people in the Chicago,
Illinois area. Seven were killed in all. The incident is
known as the Tylenol scare.
1991 Haitian President Jean-Bertrand Aristide was overthrown in
a coup d'�tat and replaced by General Raoul C�dras. A
large-scale exodus of boat people ensued.
1999 Japan's worst nuclear accident took place at a uranium
reprocessing facility near Tokyo, exposing workers and
local residents to very high levels of radiation.
Wikiquote of the day:
"We cannot live only for ourselves. A thousand fibers connect us
with our fellow men; and among those fibers, as sympathetic
threads, our actions run as causes, and they come back to us as
effects." ~ Herman Melville