Interesting Questions, Facts and Information
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Interesting Questions, Facts, and Information
U.S. Roads & Highways
2. Route 2 runs across the northern tier of the Lower 48 states. It is interrupted by the Great Lakes; therefore it exists in two segments. The eastern segment travels through upper New England; the western segment runs from the Upper Peninsula of Michigan, continuing westward through Wisconsin, Minnesota, North Dakota, Montana, Idaho and Washington. Since 1984, its start-point in Michigan has been St. Ignace.
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89. Route 89 passes by some of the most spectacular scenery in the United States. It begins at the Canadian border near Glacier National Park and runs south through western Montana to Yellowstone National Park. It continues south through western Wyoming past the Tetons, cutting a corner of Idaho on the way to Salt Lake City. Continuing south through Utah, it passes near Bryce Canyon and Zion National Parks and enters Arizona close to the Grand Canyon. Since 1992 it has terminated at Flagstaff, but originally ran to the Mexican border at Nogales.
62. Route 62, another diagonal anomaly, is the opposite of Route 52, running from the northeast to the southwest. Beginning at Niagara Falls, it travels through western Pennsylvania, Ohio, and Kentucky, touching the southern tip of Illinois at Cairo. It continues southwest through the Ozark country of Missouri and Arkansas, then across Oklahoma to the Texas panhandle, and then on to El Paso, cutting a corner of New Mexico on the way.
6. Route 6, as it originally existed, was the longest highway in the country. It still runs from the tip of Cape Cod, through southern New England, New York, northern Pennsylvania, and below the Great Lakes into the Midwest, passing through the Great Plains on into the Rocky Mountains of Colorado and Utah, and the Great Basin of Nevada. Since 1964 it has terminated at Bishop, California on the east side of the Sierra Nevada. It originally continued south and west to the Pacific coast at Long Beach.
41. Route 41 has been an important conduit from the Midwest to the Deep South. It begins on the shore of Lake Superior on Michigan's Upper Peninsula and runs south along the shore of Lake Michigan past Milwaukee and Chicago. It continues south through Indiana, crossing the Ohio at Evansville, then through Kentucky and on to Nashville, Chattanooga, and Atlanta. It then follows the west coast of Florida, where it becomes known as the Tamiami Trail, and crosses the Everglades to the Atlantic Coast at Miami.
52. Route 52 is something of an anomaly, breaking the odd-even rule, running diagonally from southeast to northwest. It heads north from Charleston through the Carolinas, Virginia, and West Virginia, then along the Ohio River to Cincinnati and then northwest to Indianapolis. It continues through Illinois and Iowa, then through the Twin Cities, and eventually reaches the Canadian border in North Dakota.
11. Route 11 begins at the Canadian border near the shore of Lake Champlain and runs the length of the Appalachian mountain chain, passing through New York, Pennsylvania, Maryland, West Virginia, Virginia, Tennessee, Georgia, Alabama, Mississippi, and Louisiana.
66. Probably the most famous of U.S. highways, Route 66 was decommissioned in 1985. As the song went: "Now you go through Saint Louis, Joplin, Missouri, and Oklahoma City is mighty pretty.
You see Amarillo, Gallup, New Mexico, Flagstaff, Arizona. Don't forget Winona, Kingman, Barstow, San Bernandino."
30. As with the Interstate highways, even-numbered U.S. roads ran east to west; unlike the Interstate, the low numbers were in the north and the high numbers in the south. Multiples of ten marked more major highways, some running coast to coast. Route 30 (like Route 40) still begins in Atlantic City and runs west through Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, and on into the Midwest, where it bypasses the largest cities. It runs through Ohio, Indiana, Illinois, Iowa, and Nebraska, and angles northwest through Wyoming, Idaho, and Oregon, terminating on the Pacific coast at Astoria. Route 40, on the other hand, terminated in San Francisco.
1. As with the Interstate highways, odd-numbered U.S. roads ran north to south; unlike the Interstate, the low numbers were in the east and the high numbers in the west. Route 1 still runs from Fort Kent to Key West and serves, in effect, as the main street of the East Coast, passing through Boston, New York, Philadelphia, Baltimore, Washington, Richmond, Raleigh, Columbia, Jacksonville, and Miami.
|In the Ouachita Mountains you will find a road called the Indian Highway. It is a 14 mile long twisty road that ends in Honobia. What state is this road in?||Great Motorcycle Roads in the USA
Oklahoma. This road has lots of twisties and elevation changes. It is in a remote area with lots of dirt side roads for the dual sports riders.
New Mexico. The road is very challenging and unforgiving. You will also see an open pit copper mine at Santa Rita.
|East of the Cherohala Skyway, crossing from North Carolina to Virginia is another scenic ride across the Appalachian Mountains. What is the name of this parkway?||Great Motorcycle Roads in the USA
Blue Ridge Parkway. This road runs 469 miles along the Blue Ridge, a major mountain chain in the Appalachian Mountains. It has more twisties that the Cherohala Skyway, with the best section from Boone to Cherokee, NC.
|If a 464 mile scenic road with no commercial vehicles and very few stop signs interests you, then the Natchez Trace Parkway would be a good road to travel. One end of the parkway is Nashville, TN. What town and state is the other end of the parkway?||Great Motorcycle Roads in the USA
Natchez, MS. The only stop signs or traffic signals are on the section going through Jackson, MS. There are rest areas with bathrooms every 5 to 15 miles, with camp sites about every 75 to 100 miles. The speed limit is low (50 to 55), but you can make good time due to low number of stops.
|For a long ride you could travel 637 miles and see coast line on one side and redwoods on the other side. What is the name of this highway in California?||Great Motorcycle Roads in the USA
Pacific Coast Highway. You cross the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco, pass by Malibu Beach along with numerous other beaches. When you get to the Redwoods be careful the branches can be right on the white line.
Colorado. The name comes from the amount of gold discovered while building the highway. The road is 108 miles long and very twisty in some places. You cross over Red Mountain Pass at 11,018 feet in elevation.
The Three Twisted Sisters. These roads are located in the Texas Hill Country. There is one section of 15 miles that has 65 curves. These three roads should change opinions that Texas is flat and boring.
Tail of the Dragon. This stretch of road is 11 miles with 318 hairpin curves. Prior to 2006 there were on average two fatalities a year. After 2006 it has increased one a year with there being five fatalities in 09.
|This US highway has a large copper mine on the south end and the Alpine Divide on the north end. It was formerly Highway 666, called the "Devils Highway", now Highway 191 what state is it located?||Great Motorcycle Roads in the USA
Arizona. The highway was changed to Highway 191 in 1992. Some say it was due to religious pressure, others say it was hard to keep the signs from being stolen. It is 94 miles long from Clifton to Springerville. The Alpine Divide is about 9000 feet in altitude. The road is two lane and very twisty, taking about three hours to ride.
1926. Every original U.S. Highway was commissioned into law on November 11, 1926. Route 66 and US 99 were two of these highways. Even so, signage did not start appearing on either highway until 1928.
|What was the name of the state that was nearly created from southern Oregon and part of northern California during a major secessionist movement along US 99 during the Great Depression?||U.S. Route 99 Trivia Quiz
Jefferson. The State of Jefferson Movement was strongest in Siskiyou County, California. Its proposed capitol was Yreka, California. During the movement, US 99 traffic was blocked by men brandishing hunting rifles who passed out declarations of secession to passing motorists. These men also threatened to "secede every Thursday" until Jefferson was created.
Oregon. Oregon finally decommissioned the last remaining sections of US 99 in 1972. Washington and California had already done so in 1964. Despite being de-commissioned at the federal level, US 99 continued to exist as Oregon Routes 99W, 99E and 99.
US 99 never ran through Nevada. It only ran through Washington, Oregon and California.
The section through Woodland Park. The construction of US 99 through Woodland Park generated a lot of anger and frustration from many citizens in Seattle due to the fact that it would be a major highway heading through a pristine park. Despite protests, the highway was constructed through the park and is still used to this day. While the George Washington Bridge was a hard section to complete, it was finished a year earlier in 1932.
Grants Pass. Grants Pass adopted the Caveman as a tourist gimmick after a railroad bypassed it long before US 99 existed. The reason for choosing the caveman was due to the then-recently established Oregon Caves State Park. Grants Pass is also where US 99 met up with its child route US 199. Unlike US 99, US 199 still exists and is an actively used part of the Redwood Highway.
Salton Sea. The Salton Sea is the biggest lake in California. Along its shores lie ghost towns that once rivalled nearby Palm Springs. The towns were abandoned after the Salton Sea became a nightmare, filled with decaying fish and obnoxious gasses. To this day, dead fish continue to litter the lake and make up the majority of its beaches. Mud geysers can be found on the southern end of the Salton Sea.
The New River and the Alamo River are both rivers that run off from the Salton Sea. While no body of water feeds the massive lake, agricultural runoff is the reason why the Salton Sea has not run dry. Even though the Colorado River is nowhere near the Salton Sea, it did play a huge part in the lake's creation. The Salton Sea is also where the pre-historic delta of the Colorado River was located.
|From 1926 to 1934, what famous highway shared its routing with US 99 from Los Angeles to San Bernardino?||U.S. Route 99 Trivia Quiz
Route 66. Route 66 and US 99 used to run together. In fact, US 99 gained its fame in California after being the highway the "Okies" used to access the San Joaquin Valley migrant farms after arriving in California on Route 66. This is well acknowledged in John Steinbeck's classic novel, "The Grapes of Wrath". Both Route 66 and US 99 later shared the famous Arroyo Seco Parkway in Los Angeles.
|At the US/Canada border, a monument built in 1920 by Sam Hill celebrates a lasting peaceful and open border between both nations. What is the name of this monument?||U.S. Route 99 Trivia Quiz
Peace Arch. The Peace Arch is an open and easily accessible park to this day despite events such as 9/11. When I visited the park with my Dad in Winter 2013, we weren't required to show a passport to get in.
Peace Portal Drive is the name of US 99 in Blaine, Washington, due to the fact that it heads towards or away from the Peace Arch.
|South of Davis, California, US 99 was called the Golden State Highway. What is the name commonly attributed to the highway north of Davis?||U.S. Route 99 Trivia Quiz
Pacific Highway. US 99 was known as the Pacific Highway north of Davis, California. Interestingly enough, US 99 never came into view of the Pacific Ocean. The name of the highway derives from the earlier Pacific Highway Auto Trail, which was US 99's predecessor. The name Pacific Highway is still used by Interstate 5 in Oregon.