US 395: Three Flags Highway

395_shieldThree Flags Highway
Runs from I-15 near Phelan to New Pine Creek, CA and to Laurier, ID at the US/Canada Border

US 395 is called the “Three Flags Highway” because it connected Mexico, the United States, and Canada. The former southern end, however, did not quite go through to Mexico. It ended in Downtown San Diego. US 101 took up the rest of the distance to San Ysidro at the border. This route serves traffic bound for the Eastern Sierra region of California and the Carson City/Reno area of Nevada. Plans call for an eventual upgrade to expressway south of State 58 (Kramer Junction) but won’t happen for many years. Prior to 1972, US 395 continued down to San Diego via I-15, I-215, and SR-163.

Original alignment, known as Outpost Road, at the US 395 and US 66/91 junction
Original alignment, known as Outpost Road, at the US 395 and US 66/91 junction
Older signage at the south end of Adelanto. The original alignment follows Adelanto Road.
Older signage at the south end of Adelanto. The original alignment follows Adelanto Road.
Typical section of US 395 north of Adelanto, looking south.
Typical section of US 395 north of Adelanto, looking south.
Old alignment (pre-1948) through the Kramer Hills south of Kramer Junction.
Old alignment (pre-1948) through the Kramer Hills south of Kramer Junction.
Kramer Junction - Formerly Beechers Corners - where you can go to Bakersfield, Barstow, Bishop, or Boron... all B's!
Kramer Junction – Formerly Beechers Corners – where you can go to Bakersfield, Barstow, Bishop, or Boron… all B’s!
Mileage with Kilometers at the San Bernardino / Kern County line in Johannesburg.
Mileage with Kilometers at the San Bernardino / Kern County line in Johannesburg.
1941 bridge on the pre-1957 alignment of US 395 near Inyokern, CA.
1941 bridge on the pre-1957 alignment of US 395 near Inyokern, CA.

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