I’ve been working on the site a bit lately, and have been making some modifications. No pages are going away, so don’t think that. New pages, however, are coming and older pages are being moved. I am developing a new page (or series depending on where it goes) on southern California’s park lands. In particular, the national, state, and county level parks that help to preserve what this region was before settlement of the lands. This new page (or series) will help to locate these parks and give some information about them.
Due to this new page, I have also decided to consolidate some of the pages on this site into a new “Recreation” page. This will include the kayaking, bicycling, motorcycling, hiking, as well as the new parks page. In time, these pages may expand beyond their current scope to cover more areas. For now, they will remain mostly the same. The menu has already been updated to reflect these new changes, so keep that in mind while you explore this site.
With these particular subjects in mind (kayaking, bicycling, motorcycling, hiking, and parks), let us know if you would like to see any new areas covered by those pages or are looking for more detailed information about what is already covered.
So far, it looks like there is interest in something for US 395 and US 466. As it stands, US 395 at least has something for San Diego County (still in progress) and the current signed route as far as its intersection with State 14 near Inyokern. US 466 is still pending. I am interested in working on a tour, of sorts, of the highway from Bakersfield to Barstow. What I lack to create the tour is photos. I have traversed the route many times but need photos of the route in Barstow, Hinkley, Kramer Junction, Boron, Tehachapi, Keene, Edison, and approaches to Bakersfield. I’m still looking for additional ideas for the site, if there are any. The pages I have talked about thus far will take a while to produce. There is still some research to be done on those roadways.
First, I want to thank all those that donated to the website to help with the cost of keeping the site online. I normally don’t ask for financial help, but this time it was very helpful. So, thank you all again for your support to help keep this site alive. Now, with that in mind, there is another question I have. This site covers quite a bit of subjects. They are covered as I have information about them and am interested in them. I only want to put up the best information available on this site, to ensure that the proper information is being disseminated. With this in mind, here is the question:
What additional information would you like to see on this site? Southern California has much to be covered, and while other sites may offer much better information about certain subjects, I am willing and able to expand the site to offer another take on those subjects (or an expansion of existing subjects covered). Please let us know via our Website Feedback, e-mail, or comments on this site.
We look forward to hearing from you.
Site Administrator / Author
THANK YOU ALL FOR YOUR SUPPORT! The goal amount has been reached!
This site is hosted on GoDaddy presently. In addition to any donations, any suggestions for reducing hosting costs are also welcome.
Thank you for your support over these last 21 years that this site has been online.
Site Administrator / Author – Socalregion.com
My Southern California Motorcycling pages are finally under construction. The first one, on Riverside County is already up, with more coming in the next few weeks (or so is the plan). Come check them out. We want your opinion and comments!
Three new pages have been added to the site recently. The first, a page on railroads in Riverside County, is still a work in progress but is posted. The second, a list of the sources used for the information on this website, will be a continuous project but has a partial listing at present. The last page has various newspaper articles and television shows that either myself, my website, or both have been featured in.
Time for a website update!
The first “major” update is an extension of my US 99 tour. I’ve decided to take it north of the Kern River. How far north I have not yet decided, but so far at least as far as Delano to the Tulare County Line. I may push it to Goshen, but we shall see. More photos are necessary as well as more research. Maybe Fresno is in the future, but it will be quite some time away. Right now, I’ve extended the tour two stops north to the Oildale OH, the northern end of the 1933 Bakersfield Bypass.
Over the past week or so, I’ve been working to add more content to the site. Not to avoid completing the existing pages either, just to fill in some gaps. Here are some of the updates:
- New Website Feature – a new Discussion Forums feature has been added. It is an experiment, so we’ll see where it goes.
- New Section – Civic Information – These pages give links to every incorporated city in Southern California and give a bit of information about each county as well. The links are finished, but the format is still being worked on.
- New Page – Seeking Old Highways – A while back I was working on putting up a guide to looking for old roads, bridges, and signs. It is still a work-in-progress, but has now been more given its own page in the Highways section.
- Additional Historic Photos – Old photos of US 101 in the Los Angeles area have been added to the US 101 page.
Back when this site was just covering Santa Clarita, it had a section called Civic Information. I plan to bring this back, with a difference. Instead of covering just that city, all incorporated cities in Southern California will be covered. City websites, contact information, and more will be posted. I feel it is important to be able to connect with your local government. We all want something better, why not do so by getting involved ourselves and working towards that goal together?
I’m trying out a new idea for SocalRegion – a web forum. I’m not quite sure where this will go or how well it will be used, but there is no better way than to implement it. I plan to add subsections that mirror each section of the website in the future. Right now, I just have geology and roads. This is “Southern California Regional Rocks and Roads” after all. Right now, access to the forum is through the menu on the left side of the site. Please tell us what you think about the new addition!