California U.S. Route 6 Tourist
SATURDAY, OCTOBER 6, 2018
Watch Our Updates for
PARKS AFTER DARK PROGRAM KICKS OFF SUMMER
SEASON JUNE 14 WITH EXTENDED EVENING HOURS AND FREE RECREATIONAL
ACTIVITIES FOR THE WHOLE FAMILY AT 33 PARKS IN LOS ANGELES COUNTY
Los Angeles County Department of Parks and Recreation-Newsroom-Newsroom Detail1
Contact: Terry Kanakri, (626) 588-5372 or (213) 304-9863
* * * * * *
Things to Do & See - Los Angeles County, CA - 2018
Los Angeles County Department of Parks and Recreation-Amenities1
NOTE: The County of Los Angeles, CA
is a Founding Member of the U.S. Route 6 Tourist Association.
* * * * * *
City of Glendale Leisure Guide - Spring 2018
NOTE: For some this comprehensive 82 page Leisure Guide Book may take a couple minutes to download since it's in a pdf format.
* * * * * * *
IN THE NEWS
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 editor.
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.
The Political Observer newspaper is online at www.Scribd.com/tavpo. Thomas may be contacted via email at email@example.com, or, by phone at 661.941.4748.
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.
Route U.S. 6: Longest Transcontinental Highway - 1940
Things to do!
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
Owens Valley, California History
by Ray DeLea
(The Historic U.S. Route 6 alignment runs the full length of Owens Valley.)
U.S. Route 6 Charity Run
2015 Activity Updates
Aprylle standing in front of sign in Bishop, CA
Above - Antelope Valley Press 05-16-2015
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.
Above: Los Angeles County Sheriff's Dept. 1925
Below: Los Angeles county Sheriff Deputy posing between two Buick Squad Cars - 1932
(Appears that the car on the left is a 1931 Buick Phaeton, and the one on the right is either a 1931 or 1932 Buick Four Door Sedan.)
Meet Ron Finley
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.
To learn more about the Association email California@route6tour.com
We 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 alignment.Our programs are serious. Our activities are intended to be fun and family oriented. Looking forward to hearing from you.
Become a Volunteer
The National U.S. Route 6 Tourist Association is currently seeking that special individual to fill the position of Executive Director for the California U.S. Route 6 Tourist Association.
The Volunteer must be at least 18 years of age with a sincere desire in preserving our American Heritage. Interest in American History, government, journalism, photography, business administration and audio-visual productions would be a real plus.
Our programs are serious, and our activities are educational, fun and family oriented.
This is a Volunteer position however, all approved related expenses will be reimbursed. This would include (when applicable) office supplies, lodging, meals, and travel expenses.
For a College Student Intern this would definitely be a learning experience. It would also give you the opportunity to do some serious networking.
NOTE: We've had College Student Interns in other Route 6 States who received class credits for their time. Anyway, something to think about.
Should you have any questions or desire additional information contact:
Russell J. Lombard, President / CEO
* * * * * *
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 Works.
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.
* * * * * *
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.
Supervisor, Fifth District
Supervisor Kathryn Barger – 5th District Supervisor
The County of Los Angeles is a founding member of the U.S. Route 6 Tourist Association.
A State Park
Antelope Valley Indian Museum
Let Us Always Remember
Family of Slain Lancaster Sergeant Thanks Supporters in Public Statement | KTLA
Sgt. Steve Owen is shown in a photo released by the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Dept.
Oct. 5, 2017 Sgt. Steve Owen Honored with Highway Dedication -
Portion of Hwy 14 Named in Honor of LASD Sgt. Steve Owen
What's Happening in Carson, CA
City of Carson
Fred M. Hann at the year-round U.S. Route 6 display located at the Antelope Valley Fairgrounds - Lancaster, CA (Summer 2012)