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Mystery of the High Sierra Piute Highway

Geoscience and technology

I’m in possession of an original 1927 roadway map. A small portion, shown below, shows a High Sierra Piute Highway traversing some of the highest points in the Sierra Nevada mountains between Fresno and Bishop, California. I’ve traveled (driven, backpacked, fished, camped) much in this area. Whether pioneer wagons or Model Ts drove this route through the Sierras was a mystery I had to solve.

A 9-page article, in PDF format, presents some research into the mystery of this high-elevation trans-Sierra route. Download the PDF (0.7 Mb) and retrace the steps that led to the unraveling of this mystery.

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