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Near Gorman in Los Angeles County, California — The American West (Pacific Coastal)
 

Liebre State Highway Camp

 
 
Liebre State Highway Camp Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Craig Baker, 2015
1. Liebre State Highway Camp Marker
Inscription.  
Primary surveying for the Ridge Route began in 1912, and grading by hand crews and mule-drawn scrapers was completed in 1915. A total of one million cubic yards of earth was removed to complete the Route.
This camp was one of the original construction camps associated with the building of the Ridge Route and continued to house and feed workers as the Ridge Route was continually upgraded and modified for safety reasons.
The Ridge Route continued to be maintained until it was replaced by Highway 99 in 1933. Highway 99 has since been replaced by Interstate 5 located to the west of this point. Can you imagine what the travelers on I-5 would say today if they had to travel the Ridge Route?

El estudio principal para la Ruta Ridge empezó en 1912. La nivelación se hizo a mano por medio de una cubeta de arrastre halada por un equipo de mulas, y se terminó en 1915. Un total de un millión de yardas cúbicas de tierra y roca fueron removidas para completar la ruta.
Este campamento, fue uno de los campamentos originales relacionados con la construcción de la Ridge Route y continuó albergando
Liebre State Highway Camp Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Craig Baker, June 9, 2020
2. Liebre State Highway Camp Marker
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a los trabajadores dedicados al mejoramiento y remodelación de la ruta que, por razones de seguridad, se llevaban a cabo.
La Ridge Route continuó siendo mantenida hasta que fue reemplazada por la interstatal 99 en 1933. Mas tarde, la carretera interstatal 99 fue reemplazada por la carretera interstatal 5, localizada al oeste de esta punto. ¿Puede usted imaginar lo que dirían los viajeros de la interstatal 5 si tuvieran que viajar ahora por 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° 42.881′ N, 118° 42.7′ W. Marker has been reported unreadable. Marker is near Gorman, California, in Los Angeles County. Marker is on Ridge Route Road, 5½ miles south of Highway 138, on the right when traveling south. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Lebec CA 93243, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 11 other markers are within 8 miles of this location, measured as the crow flies. Tumble Inn (approx. 0.7 miles away); Liebre Summit (approx. 1.2 miles away); Sandberg’s Summit Hotel (approx. 1.8 miles away); The Old Ridge Route (approx.
Liebre State Highway Camp Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Craig Baker, June 17, 2020
3. Liebre State Highway Camp Marker
This view is featured on the marker.
2.1 miles away); Kelly’s Halfway Inn (approx. 2.4 miles away); Reservoir Summit (approx. 3.7 miles away); The “Ridge Route” (approx. 4½ miles away); Castaic Powerplant (approx. 4.6 miles away); Swede’s Cut (approx. 5.1 miles away); National Forest Inn (approx. 6.8 miles away); Ridge Route Directory (approx. 8.1 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Gorman.
 
Regarding Liebre State Highway Camp. This is one of nine historical markers placed in 1997 along the Ridge Route, and one of four on the section of road currently open to motor vehicles. The road is closed one mile south of here at Tumble Inn. Efforts to re-open the entire road are ongoing, as are efforts to install new markers.
The Ridge Route 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
 
Also see . . .  Ridge Route Preservation Organization. (Submitted on June 13, 2020.)
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on April 29, 2022. It was originally submitted on June 13, 2020. This page has been viewed 132 times since then and 53 times this year. Last updated on June 29, 2020. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on June 13, 2020, by Craig Baker of Sylmar, California.   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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Oct. 4, 2022