View from Lamont Odett Vista Point off northbound Highway 14 as it
descends out the Angeles National Forest down the Soledad Pass into
Palmdale, entering the Western Mojave Desert. Foreground is the
California Aqueduct with Lake Palmdale behind it. Vista Point is
less than one mile from where Highway 14 crosses the San Andreas
Fault. Just beyond, and adjacent to Lake Palmdale is the Sierra
Highway, which is the original alignment of Historic U.S. Route 6.
Southwestern Gateway into the
By THOMAS FITZGERALD,
Publisher, Freelance Writer and Copy Editor.
Who is Thomas Fitzgerald?
Thomas Fitzgerald is a self-starter and wise time-manager;
attributes laying the foundation for the personal discipline and
fortitude needed to work-from-home as publisher of a monthly
newspaper, and, simultaneously freelance as a writer and copy
Thomas earned an Associate of Arts degree (Communication /
Journalism) from Antelope Valley College and was one of two-dozen
journalism students selected from among a pool of applicants
encompassing California State University and University of
California journalism majors statewide to attend “Saturdays at The
Times” – a two-Saturday journalism training program sponsored by,
and held, at the Los Angeles Times.
Thomas has been writing professionally since 2005, first reporting
on political news and later expanding into other genres, leading to
the building of a portfolio reflecting versatility across a broad
topical spectrum. Thomas’ anthology comprises investigative
journalism, opinion and commentary, interview, movie review,
feature, informative, creative writing, humor, and, sports –
credential professional baseball writer covering Major League
Baseball’s Arizona Diamondbacks’ Class ‘A’ minor league affiliate.
The Political Observer newspaper – aside from the actual printing –
is a one-man operation as Thomas sells the advertising, develops ad
copy, builds ad proofs, manages two writers, writes copy, copy
edits, builds the newspaper (lay-out), designs graphics, and,
distributes the newspaper.
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Thomas may be contacted via email at firstname.lastname@example.org, or, by phone
NOTE: Hopefully Thomas will have the opportunity to write about all
the great historical places to visit and things to do when traveling
the Grand Old Highway throughout California and beyond.
KTLA reporter Mark Mester stands next to Vasquez Canyon Road,
which continued to buckle on Nov. 20, 2015. (Credit: KTLA)
Vasquez Canyon Road is popular with cyclists, and provides
additional access for drivers living in northern Santa Clarita areas
-- such as Saugus -- and connects Bouquet Canyon Road to the 14
Freeway and Sierra Highway. Traffic was expected to be impacted in
the area, including both Bouquet and the Sierra Highway.
The Sierra Highway is a portion of the
Historic U.S. Route 6 alignment.
Landslide Buckles Vasquez Canyon Road; 2-Mile Stretch Closed
Indefinitely | KTLA
While from these two pictures it may appear our little town has not
changed significantly, appearances can be deceiving. The above
street scenes depict a portion of the old "main drag", Sierra
Highway (part of old US Route 6). Rosamond today is growing
primarily east-west along Rosamond Boulevard, which is barely
visible as a street intersection in the background of the two
photos. The population of "greater Rosamond" in the 1950s was only a
few hundred souls; today it is around 18,000.
County of Los Angeles
The County of Los Angeles is a founding member of the California
U.S. Route 6 Tourist Association. As a member it includes all
divisions and departments within.
Below are only a few of many.
Thank you for your on-going support.
Feel free to contact us regarding special events that you would like
to have posted on our web site and facebook page.
In Santa Clarita the Historic U.S. 6 alignment is
known as the Sierra Highway.
It is the goal of our Association to acknowledge those
volunteer organizations that are serving their Route 6 community
in a positive way. L.A. Green Grounds in the South-Central Los
Angeles area is an excellent example of people helping people.
The historic alignment is currently known as Figueroa Street
which runs through the heart of South-Central Los Angeles. We
are definitely impressed with what your organization is doing.
We welcome the County of Los Angeles as an active member of the Route 6 Team.
Appears that Tootsie, the official mascot for the
California U.S. Route 6 Tourist Association, received a lot of
attention during her recent visit to Ridgecrest. Tootsie has
become a real celebrity. Our four-legged friend is definitely Route 6 to
the core. She plans someday to write children stories; “A Dog’s Life
Along the 6”, The Adventures of Tootsie and Friends.
invite all cities, small towns, rural communities, chambers and
businesses located along the Grand Old Highway to join us in the
economic development, cultural preservation and educational programs as
described in our Mission Statement.
Senior high school and
college students play a major role in our development and activities.
Most interns receive class credits for the time they spend with us.
Parents are also welcome.
The present goal of the
California Association is to identify the historic portion of U.S. 6
between Bishop and Long Beach. Currently U.S. 6 signs end in Bishop,
historically they ended in Long Beach.
We believe this project
will help all the communities located along the 3,652 miles of the Grand
Old Highway by preserving the coast-to-coast integrity of the original
Our programs are serious. Our
activities are intended to be fun and family oriented. Looking forward
to hearing from you.
The City of Lancaster has installed additional HISTORIC Route 6 signs along
the original U.S. 6 alignment currently known as the Sierra Highway.
Chris McCaslin and David Good with the Lancaster Department of Public
David Good installing one of the signs along the historic alignment.
Pictures provided by Nicholas Haecker, Engineer Tech.
NOTE: Signs provided by the U.S. Route 6 Tourist Assn.
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In The News
County of Los Angeles, CA
This week, Los AngelesCounty received two Canadair Bombardier LC-415s, more
widely known as Super Scoopers, on lease from the government of Quebec.
These airplanes can fly up to 200 mph and can scoop 1,620 gallons of water
in only 12 seconds! Along with an Erickson Skycrane Helitanker we lease, the
Super Scoopers have been vital additions to our county's own firefighting
arsenal for nearly 25 years and we are thankful to have them again this
year. They will certainly help our brave firefighters protect life and
property as we approach what could be a very active fire season. And, don't
forget to have an emergency plan in place for your family and always heed
the warnings to evacuate during emergencies.