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Early twentieth century automobile owners and manufacturers gave new life to the national “Good Roads Movement” begun by bicyclists in 1880.  These “Good Roads” supporters lobbied successfully for the passage of legislation and bond issues that funded the construction and improvement of California’s roads.

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State Fair Demonstration Road. The 1916 California State Fair featured a concrete demonstration highway built under the direction of the California Highway Commission in co-operation with the Sacramento Good Roads Association. This educational work supported efforts to pass a bond issue aimed at improving Sacramento County roads. Records of the Dept. of Public Works, Division of Highways, District III, California State Archives.

State Fair Demonstration Road. The 1916 California State Fair featured a concrete demonstration highway built under the direction of the California Highway Commission in co-operation with the Sacramento Good Roads Association. This educational work supported efforts to pass a bond issue aimed at improving Sacramento County roads. Records of the Dept. of Public Works, Division of Highways, District III, California State Archives.

State Fair Demonstration Road. The 1916 California State Fair featured a concrete demonstration highway built under the direction of the California Highway Commission in co-operation with the Sacramento Good Roads Association. This educational work supported efforts to pass a bond issue aimed at improving Sacramento County roads. Records of the Dept. of Public Works, Division of Highways, District III, California State Archives.

State Fair Demonstration Road. The 1916 California State Fair featured a concrete demonstration highway built under the direction of the California Highway Commission in co-operation with the Sacramento Good Roads Association. This educational work supported efforts to pass a bond issue aimed at improving Sacramento County roads. Records of the Dept. of Public Works, Division of Highways, District III, California State Archives.

State Fair Demonstration Road. The 1916 California State Fair featured a concrete demonstration highway built under the direction of the California Highway Commission in co-operation with the Sacramento Good Roads Association. This educational work supported efforts to pass a bond issue aimed at improving Sacramento County roads. Records of the Dept. of Public Works, Division of Highways, District III, California State Archives.

State Fair Demonstration Road

The 1916 California State Fair featured a concrete demonstration highway built under the direction of the California Highway Commission in co-operation with the Sacramento Good Roads Association. This educational work supported efforts to pass a bond issue aimed at improving Sacramento County roads.

Records of the Dept. of Public Works, Division of Highways, District III, California State Archives.


Inyo Good Road Club. The Inyo Good Road Club was an active supporter of the Good Road Movement in California.  The club organized several automobile road trips between 1910 and 1920, to publicize the need for better roads across the state.  The pictures here show the club on Highway 101 west of Ventura in 1912 (then a plank road), and in San Diego County near Del Mar, in 1916.  Miscellaneous Construction Photographs, Records of the Dept. of Public Works, Division of Highways, California State Archives.

Inyo Good Road Club. The Inyo Good Road Club was an active supporter of the Good Road Movement in California.  The club organized several automobile road trips between 1910 and 1920, to publicize the need for better roads across the state.  The pictures here show the club on Highway 101 west of Ventura in 1912 (then a plank road), and in San Diego County near Del Mar, in 1916.  Miscellaneous Construction Photographs, Records of the Dept. of Public Works, Division of Highways, California State Archives.

Inyo Good Road Club

The Inyo Good Road Club was an active supporter of the Good Road Movement in California. The club organized several automobile road trips between 1910 and 1920, to publicize the need for better roads across the state. The pictures here show the club on Highway 101 west of Ventura in 1912 (then a plank road), and in San Diego County near Del Mar, in 1916.

Miscellaneous Construction Photographs, Records of the Dept. of Public Works, Division of Highways, California State Archives.


Road Signs. In addition to campaigning for good roads and producing maps, auto clubs such as the Automobile Club of Southern California and the California State Automobile Association implemented a uniform signing system for the state’s roads. During the first half of the twentieth century, auto club road signs directed travelers to destinations, warned of dangers, and marked historical spots. In 1947, the California Division of Highways took over signing from the auto clubs. Photographs of Road Signs in San Joaquin County, 1916, Records of the Dept. of Public Works, Division of Highways, District III, California State Archives.

Road Signs. In addition to campaigning for good roads and producing maps, auto clubs such as the Automobile Club of Southern California and the California State Automobile Association implemented a uniform signing system for the state’s roads. During the first half of the twentieth century, auto club road signs directed travelers to destinations, warned of dangers, and marked historical spots. In 1947, the California Division of Highways took over signing from the auto clubs. Photographs of Road Signs in San Joaquin County, 1916, Records of the Dept. of Public Works, Division of Highways, District III, California State Archives.

Road Signs

In addition to campaigning for good roads and producing maps, auto clubs such as the Automobile Club of Southern California and the California State Automobile Association implemented a uniform signing system for the state’s roads. During the first half of the twentieth century, auto club road signs directed travelers to destinations, warned of dangers, and marked historical spots. In 1947, the California Division of Highways took over signing from the auto clubs.

Photographs of Road Signs in San Joaquin County, 1916, Records of the Dept. of Public Works, Division of Highways, District III, California State Archives.



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