“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
Near Castaic in Los Angeles County, California — The American West (Pacific Coastal)

Swede’s Cut

Swede’s Cut Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Craig Baker, 2015
1. Swede’s Cut Marker
This remarkable 110-foot deep cut was excavated by large steam-powered shovels, which were hauled up the ridge by teams of mules. Though not maintained for over 60 years, these cut slopes remain secure today, a testimony to the engineering feat of the construction of the Ridge Route.

Este corte impresionante de 110 pies de profundidad fue excavado con enormes palas excavadoras de vapor, las cuales fueron traídas hasta la empinada cresta por medio de mulas. A pesar de la falta de atención durante más de sesenta años, las paredes del corte son aún seguras, testimonio a la alta ingeniería en la construcción de la Ridge Route.

Courtesy of the Harrison Scott Collection.
Erected 1997 by California 4×4 Club; Boy Scout Troop 583 (Castaic); and Ridge Route Preservation Organization.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Industry & CommerceRoads & Vehicles. A significant historical year for this entry is 1915.
Location. 34° 38.487′ N, 118° 43.316′ W. Marker has
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been reported unreadable. Marker is near Castaic, California, in Los Angeles County. Marker is on Ridge Route Road, 7.7 miles north of Templin Highway, on the left when traveling north. Located 6.2 miles north of a locked gate. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Castaic CA 91384, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 5 miles of this location, measured as the crow flies. Reservoir Summit (approx. 1½ miles away); National Forest Inn (approx. 2.1 miles away); The “Ridge Route” (approx. 2.6 miles away); Castaic Powerplant (approx. 2.6 miles away); Kelly’s Halfway Inn (approx. 2.9 miles away); Ridge Route Directory (approx. 3.6 miles away); Tumble Inn (approx. 4.6 miles away); Liebre State Highway Camp (approx. 5.1 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Castaic.
More about this marker. This part of the Ridge Route is currently closed to vehicles from 1½ miles north of Templin Highway at the south end, to 6½ miles south of Highway 138 at the north end. The 13-mile central portion remains closed to all motor vehicle traffic. Walking, bicycling, and horseback riding are allowed. Efforts to re-open the road are ongoing, as are efforts to install new markers.
This road was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1997.
Related marker. Click here for another marker that is related to this marker. — Ridge Route Directory
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Swede’s Cut Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Craig Baker, June 9, 2020
2. Swede’s Cut Marker
The marker is faded and unreadable.
 Ridge Route Preservation Organization. (Submitted on June 17, 2020.)
Swede’s Cut image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Craig Baker, June 9, 2020
3. Swede’s Cut
Credits. This page was last revised on May 22, 2024. It was originally submitted on June 17, 2020. This page has been viewed 640 times since then and 178 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on June 17, 2020, by Craig Baker of Sylmar, California. • J. Makali Bruton was the editor who published this page.

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Jul. 19, 2024