San Bernardino County, CA: Group of people helps with the Corridor Management Plan for a National Scenic Byway designation for Route 66.

San Bernardino County, CA- Group of people helps with the Corridor Management Plan for a National Scenic Byway designation for Route 66.- Pictures- Tuesday, December 10th, 2013  

 

San Bernardino County, CA: Group of people helps with the Corridor Management Plan for a National Scenic Byway designation for Route 66.

 
A group of people from different organizations along Route 66 united together aboard a bus for a field trip along the history and world famous Route 66 highway to help with the preparation of a Corridor Management Plan along the historic and world famous Route 66 in San Bernardino County, California.

 
The field trip started in Needles, California last Tuesday and ended in Barstow, California last Thursday making stops along the way to learn more and hear the many stores about this highway.

 
This field trip is to help in the preparation of a Corridor Management Plan being prepared to acquire a National Scenic Byway designation along a portion of the historic and world famous Route 66 from Needles, California to Barstow, California.

 
What is a National Scenic Byway? A National Scenic Byway is a designation by then Untied States Federal Highway Administration for the public road having special scenic, historic, recreational, cultural, archeological, and/or natural qualities that have been recognized as such through legislation or official designation. It refers not only to the road itself. but also to the corridor through which it passes.

 
The historic and world famous Route 66 highway runs through 8 states in the United States with 5 of those states; Arizona, Illinois, Kansas, New Mexico, and Oklahoma already having National Scenic Byway designation, but with all the beauty and stories along this portion of Route 66, California does not have a National Scenic Byway designation.

 
Does Route 66 in California qualify for such a designation? Yes, concurrent Resolution No. 6 passed by the California Assembly and Senate in July 1991 designated former United States Route 66 as “Historic Highway Route 66”.

 
The Route 66 Corridor Management Plan (C.M.P.) is an effort to collect and package supportive data meeting the criteria necessary for the federal government’s establishment of a National Scenic Byway designation for the portion of this historic and world famous Route 66 highway between Needles, California to Barstow, California.

 
How do we obtain this designation for California? The first step is to complete a Corridor Management Plan (C.M.P.) This is a comprehensive document that identifies the specific byway route, outlines the special intrinsic qualities along the corridor, and develops a plan on how to market the byway. The Corridor Management Plan (C.M.P.) is developed at the grassroots level with participation from local and county governments, Chamber of Commerces, transportation planing agencies, tourism bureaus, local businesses, and other Route 66 advocates.

 
How can we pay for a Corridor Management Plan (C.M.P.)? Federal funding is available for this purpose through a competitive grant process. The Bureau of Land Management’s California Desert District was awarded a grant to create the Corridor Management Plan (C.M.P.) for the 153 miles portion of Route 66 from Needles, California to Barstow, California.

 
The California Historic Route 66 Association and the California Preservation Foundation are partners in this effort with support from the National Park Service Route 66 Corridor Preservation Program and other groups.

 
The firm of Lardner and Klein Landscape Architects has been selected as the contractor to write the Corridor Management Plan (C.M.P.) for the portion of the historic and world famous Route 66 from Needles, California to Barstow, California.

 
Next year, organizers helping with the Corridor Management Plan (C.M.P.) for Route 66 are planning to hold at least 2 public community meetings at both ends of Route 66 in Needles, California and Barstow, California to get community input and to hear their stories about the highway and how they would like to see this important part of the United States of America history stay alive and manage for future generations to come.

 

The public community meetings will get information out there about the route, what is the plan, and to get some opportunities for the community themselves to give us some ideas and suggestions on how to manage Route 66.

 
If you would like to help us create the Corridor Management Plan (C.M.P.), please send an email to Doran Sanchez of the Bureau of Land Management in California at: dasanche@blm.gov with a copy email to the California Historic Route 66 Association at: cahistoricrt66@aol.com with the subject “C.M.P. Project” written in the subject line of the email.

 
More information about National Scenic Byways is at the official National Scenic Byways website address at: http://www.byways.org where you can view the potential exciting benefits that National Scenic Byways designations can have for the historic and world famous Route 66 in California.

 
** ZachNews interview regarding the Corridor Management Plan (C.M.P.) and the National Scenic Byway for Route 66: **

 
ZachNews Photojournalist Zachary A. Lopez talked to Jim Klein of Lardner and Klein Landscape Architects last Wednesday morning before just before heading on the last day of the field trip along Route 66 about the main goal of this field trip along this portion of Route 66 from Needles, California to Barstow, California.

 
Jim Klein is the prime contractor on this project and is working with the Bureau of Land Management and the California Historic Route 66 Association.

 
Jim Klein tells ZachNews that another port in player is the Bureau of Land Management who manages most of the land along this route and so they are really interested in working the community to increase economical activity.

 
Jim Klein tells ZachNews that the plan is to find out the ways that everybody can agree to; to preserve those resources and tell all those stories, enhance the route for visitors so that they can better see and appreciate them, and also determine overtime how you’re going to manage the route for increase heritage base tourism.

 
Jim Klein also tells ZachNews that as part of this, we want to figure out how to get information out ahead of time so people can know what is to look for along the Route 66 highway at gateways, visitor centers along the Interstate and museums; but if people come and learn about what is here, then they’ll be eager about taking a trip along this route they want to know why they should drive it and what they’ll get out of it.

 
You can watch the video of Interviews Jim Klein Regarding Route 66 Corridor Management Plan from the field trip along the historic and world famous Route 66 at the following ZachNews website address:

 
– ZachNews Interviews Jim Klein Regarding Route 66 Corridor Management Plan:

 

 
** A field trip along the historic and world famous Route 66: **

 
ZachNews Photojournalist Zachary A. Lopez was there aboard the bus as the field trip drove along this portion of the historic and world famous Route 66 from Needles, California to Barstow, California.

 
Last Tuesday, a bus loaded with people helping with the preparation of a Corridor Management Plan along the historic and world famous Route 66 arrived in Needles, California at around 5:00pm PT where they were all welcome by a group of people from the community at a welcoming party held at the Juicy’s Famous River Café in Needles, California.

 
Among those in attended were Robert and Lana Shaw and Linda Fitzpatrick who are both big supports and volunteers in helping to restore and preserve the history of Route 66 and were among those signed up to be on the field trip along Route 66.

 
Also attending the welcoming event were Needles City Manager Rick Daniels, Needles City Council Member Jim Lopez, Needles City Council Member Linda Kidd, City of Needles Mayor Edward T. Paget and his wife Jan Paget, Sue Godnick of the Needles Chambers of Commerce, Jan Jernigan of the Needles Downtown Business Alliance.

 
After the welcoming party, the group of people going on the field trip along the historic and world famous Route 66 rested up for the night at the Rio Del Sol Inn excited and eager to start the field trip to learn and collect the many historic stories about this important part of our history.

 
The field trip started in Needles, California at around 8:30am last Wednesday morning where the bus stopped at the El Garces Harvey House and Train Depot which is currently under construction to restore the building so to give life back to this important part of Needles, California history. Then bus then drove along the historic and world famous Route 66 highway passing beautiful Route 66 morals as well as old gas stations that volunteers worked hard to restore the life and story of these gas stations along Route 66.

 
The field trip then headed into Goffs, California where the bus stopped at the Goffs’ School House where historic pictures, artifacts, clothing, and tools used back then where on displayed including a wood fire stove that was still working and keeping the room nice and warm for everybody from the field trip. Outside the Goffs’ School House, historic items and equipment displayed in a beautiful desert backdrop setting surround the Goffs’ School House.

 
The bus traveled along Route 66 passing Essex, California where old gas stations sit still along the highway remembering the times when people traveling west stopped into those business to load their vehicle with gasoline before heading back onto the highway.

 
Just before Chambless, California, the bus traveled along Route 66 passing an old building that use to be the place where you would have to back then go pay your driving tickets at with the old flag pole still up and standing tall remembering the days of those those people who got tickets for speeding along Route 66.

 
The bus traveled along Route 66 passing Chambless, California where old store sat still along the highway remembering the times when people traveling west stopped into those their business to get something to eat before heading back onto the highway.

 
The bus made a quick stop at a roadside plaque on the side of Route 66 near Amboy, California which then the people on the field trip had lunch along the highway received lunch boxes from Subway.

 
The field trip then headed into Amboy, California where the bus passed an old tree also known as the “Shoe Tree” which reportedly collapsed in 2010 by the weight of the many shoes on the tree. The bus then pulled up and stopped at the Roy’s Cafe and the group of people got to go inside an old church which was on once the main highway until the highway was realigned. Albert Okura, owner of the Juan Pollo Restaurants and who purchased the whole town of Amboy, California. Albert Okura talked about the church, the town, and what he and others have been working to keep the history of Amboy, California alive. The group of people passed the former Amboy School which is adjacent to the Roy’s Cafe which reportedly closed in 1999. The field trip began headed west of Amboy, California passing Amboy Crater and Lava Field which is an extinct North American cinder cone type of volcano that rises above a 70 square kilometer lava field which can be seen from Route 66.

 
The field trip then headed into the old town of Sibena, California where the bus drove along a dirt road to where the old Route 66 highway once ran through the town until the realignment of the highway slowly closed the town and now a stone remains to what was once a gas station lays sitting on the old dusty highway just south of the railroad tracks.

 
The field trip then headed into Ludlow, California where the bus drove on the once main street into Ludlow, California until the realignment of the highway passing old and historic buildings that once drove business along main street. The bus then stopped on what may seem to be a trail dirt path along a hill was really an old railroad line for the old Tonopah and Tidewater Railroad which reportedly ran north 200 miles through remote areas of the Mojave Desert in California from the Ludlow, California off the Santa Fe Railway (Known now as the Burlington Northern Santa Fe (BNSF) Railway) up to Death Valley, California terminating at the mining towns of Tonopah, California.

 
As the bus got more closer to Barstow, California, the field trip headed into Daggett, California where the bus passed the old California State Agricultural Inspection Station along the highway.

 
The field trip drove on into Barstow, California where the bus stopped at the Quality Inn in Barstow, California where the group of people ate from a buffet from the Los Domingos Mexican Restaurant followed by a presentation about the Corridor Management Plan and the National Scenic Byway designation for this portion of the historic and world famous Route 66 from Needles, California to Barstow, California.

 
Last Thursday morning, the group of people aboard the bus at around 8:30am PT for the last day of the field trip along Route 66 around Barstow, California.

 
The field trip then headed into Barstow, California where the bus stopped at the Mojave River Valley Museum where the group of people was informed about the museum and what the group will get to view at the museum. The museum is dedicated to the preservation and promotion of the scientific, historical, and the cultural heritage of both Barstow, California and the Mojave River Valley with many of historic picture, artifacts, and stories are about the community and the valley. Many in the group were amazed at the many historic picture of Barstow, California, the different clothing and furniture items that were on display from back then, rocks that glow on there own, and the large mammoth tusk all can be viewed inside the museum.

 

Outside the museum and facing at the intersection of Barstow Road and Virginia Way, an old Atchison, Topeka, and Santa Fe (A.T.S.F.) Railway Passenger Coach 932D and a log build cabin with the name, “Gaddis Blacksmith Shop”, and some old mining cars are on display in front of the museum. Across the street from the Mojave River Valley Museum was an old Atchison, Topeka, and Santa Fe (A.T.S.F.) Railway Red Caboose next to a Military tank on displayed at the intersection of Barstow Road and East Virginia Way in Barstow, California.

 
The field trip then headed into Old Town Barstow in Barstow, California where murals and some historic building, shops, and motels lined the street.

 
The field trip then turned onto First Avenue where the bus the well known Del Taco Restaurant on First Avenue in Barstow, California before crossing over the well known First Avenue Bridge which goes over the railroad yard and has a great view of the community as well as the Harvey House in Barstow, California which was the next stop on the field trip.

 
The bus stopped at the Harvey House in Barstow, California where the group of people visited the Harvey House and the Route 66 “Mother Road” Museum. The group of people on board the bus stopped into the Harvey House in Barstow, California where the group was informed about the Harvey House and the reports that the Harvey House is haunted. Many of the people in the group got to view 2 of the Harvey House rooms and learn more about how the building was saved and what had to be done to preserve the Harvey House.

 
The group of people was planning to visited the Western America Railroad Museum, but an medical issue came up canceling the tour of the Western America Railroad Museum. But, the Western America Railroad Museum had outside on display some of the old railroad cars such as the Arizona and California 58 railroad passenger car; a vintage Atchison, Topeka, and Santa Fe (A.T.S.F.) Railway Horse Car that was used to ship race horses and their trainers in style and in comfort; and an unmarked and faded green passenger car. Also outside on display, several Atchison, Topeka, and Santa Fe (A.T.S.F.) Railway Locomotives and Cabooses that you can get up close to and view them. As you view the different railroad train displays outside the Western America Railroad Museum, Burlington Northern Santa Fe (B.N.S.F.) Railroad Locomotives with their freight cars pull under the First Avenue Bridge and pass by the Harvey House.

 
Meanwhile, the group of people were inside the Route 66 “Mother Road” Museum where historic picture, artifacts, and stories about the highway known also as the “Mother Road.” Classic vehicles, signs, items from old gas stations, and music about the highway were on display and were enjoyed by many in the group with many hoping that people who usually ride by museums like the once visited by the group will take a moment to enjoy the history and stories about this historic and world famous Route 66 highway.

 
Before departing the Harvey House, the group of people gather together and discuss what they learn and what is next in the process in getting a Corridor Management Plan put together to bring a National Scenic Byway designation for the portion of this historic and world famous Route 66 highway between Needles, California to Barstow, California.

 
The group of people got back onto the bus and headed back into Old Town Barstow where the bus toured around the many murals around the community and some historic building and motels lined like the Route 66 Motel located on West Main Street in Barstow, California where classic cars are on displayed beautifully.

 
The bus then headed back to the Quality Inn were the 3 day field trip along Route 66 came to an end which many did not wanted the field trip to end as many of the people wanted to tour more around the highway and the communities along Route 66 wanting to learn more of the stories that are out there not yet gotten to be heard and visit the places that have not yet gotten to visit and enjoy along this historic and world famous Route 66 highway.

 
After the field trip ended, many of the people on the field trip learned more about this portion of the Route 66 highway and the many stories that lay along the many parts of the highway.

 
Many of the people on the field trip learned of the struggles and challenges living along the Route 66 with towns having to adjust to the realignment of the highway moving whole towns and some residents as well as businesses having to close because they could not survive the adjustment to the highway which had to be done to both improve the highway for travel and safety.

 
Many of these historic buildings remain hanging on, but are falling apart which many want to restore these historic buildings so that the stories behind them can live on for future generations can learn how life was back then before computers and the internet.

 
Many of the people on the field trip also got to talk to the people who are working hard with the little money they have to preserve the history and their stories along Route 66 with some moving out to the highway so to volunteer to help keep the history and the story alive of Route 66.

 
Many of the people on the field trip also got to learn about how Route 66 was build and the people who build Route 66 as well as the people who saw the opportunity to open a business and have a family along Route 66 building some of the bigger communities that lay along this portion of Route 66.

 
Some of the people on the field trip, including myself, got to know a lot more about this important part of our history that many just pass by along the interstate. Walking into history gave you a feeling of who it must of been back then and appreciate those working hard to keep young people like me interested and wanting to know more about Route 66 and the people living along the highway.

 
**** ZachNews videos and pictures from the field trip on Route 66: ****

 
You can view the pictures from the field trip along the historic and world famous Route 66 at the following ZachNews website addresses:

 
– Field Trip Along Route 66 With ZachNews:

 

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You can watch the videos from the field trip along the historic and world famous Route 66 at the following ZachNews website addresses:

 
– Route 66 Field Trip: Needles, CA: Bus Departing From Needles, California. 12-5-2013:

 

 
– Route 66 Field Trip: Goffs, CA: Goffs’ School House. 12-5-2013:

 

 
– Route 66 Field Trip: Goffs, CA: Goffs’ School House. Part 2. 12-5-2013:

 

 
– Route 66 Field Trip: Goffs, CA: Goffs’ School House. Part 3. 12-5-2013:

 

 
– Route 66 Field Trip: Goffs, CA: Goffs’ School House. Part 4. 12-5-2013:

 

 
– Route 66 Field Trip: Roadside Plaque Along Route 66. 12-5-2013:

 

 
– Route 66 Field Trip: Amboy, CA: Church. 12-5-2013:

 

 
– Route 66 Field Trip: Amboy, CA: Church. Part 2. 12-5-2013:

 

 
– Route 66 Field Trip: Amboy, CA: Church. Part 3. 12-5-2013:

 

 
– Route 66 Field Trip: Barstow, CA: Bus Arriving In Barstow, California. 12-5-2013:

 

 
– Route 66 Field Trip: Barstow, CA: Mojave River Valley Museum. 12-5-2013:

 

 
– Route 66 Field Trip: Barstow, CA: Mojave River Valley Museum. Part 2. 12-5-2013:

 

 
– Route 66 Field Trip: Barstow, CA: Mojave River Valley Museum. Part 3. 12-5-2013:

 

 
– Route 66 Field Trip: Barstow, CA: Mojave River Valley Museum. Part 4. 12-5-2013:

 

 
– Route 66 Field Trip: Barstow, CA: Harvey House. 12-5-2013:

 

 
– Route 66 Field Trip: Barstow, CA: Harvey House. Part 2. 12-5-2013:

 

 
– Route 66 Field Trip: Barstow, CA: Harvey House. Part 3. 12-5-2013:

 

 
– Route 66 Field Trip: Barstow, CA: Harvey House. Part 4. 12-5-2013:

 

 
– Route 66 Field Trip: Barstow, CA: Route 66 “Mother Road” Museum. 12-5-2013:

 

 
– Route 66 Field Trip: Barstow, CA: Meeting with group of people from Route 66 Field Trip. 12-5-2013:

 

 
– Route 66 Field Trip: Barstow, CA: Route 66 Field Trip Ends In Barstow, California. 12-5-2013:

 

 
**** ZachNews wants to give a big thank you to the following: ****

 
– The many people who organized the field trip and working on the Corridor Management Plan put together to bring a National Scenic Byway designation for the portion of this historic and world famous Route 66 highway between Needles, California to Barstow, California.

 
– To the Gold Coast Tours for the field trip along Route 66 on their bus and their shelter by to Needles, California. The drivers from Gold Coast Tours where wonderful and helpful.

 
– To the Rio Del Sol Inn in Needles, California and the Quality Inn in Barstow, California for their comfortable rooms and wonderful service.

 
– To Subway in Needles, California, Juicy’s Famous River Café in Needles, California, and Los Domingos Mexican Restaurant in Barstow, California for their delicious food and wonderful service.

 
– To Ted for information ZachNews about this important field trip along the historic and world famous Route 66.

 
**** Come on and drive the historic and world famous Route 66 highway between Needles, California to Barstow, California today!! ****

 

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