US 6 – Soledad Pass

6_smallSoledad Pass
El. 3179′

Soledad Pass is used by the Southern Pacific Railroad, Metrolink, Antelope Valley Freeway, and Sierra Highway. It is the gateway to the Mojave Desert. In 1876, a railroad station was erected near here. It was called Vincent station and a restaurant currently uses the building. A Metrolink station sits across from the restaurant. They are located 1/4 mile west of here.

This photo shows the junction between Angeles Forest Highway and Sierra Highway. The bridge over Sierra Highway in the background is an offramp for Pearblossom Highway from the 14 freeway and was built in 1965.
This photo shows the junction between Angeles Forest Highway and Sierra Highway. The bridge over Sierra Highway in the background is an offramp for Pearblossom Highway from the 14 freeway and was built in 1965.
Section of alignment just west of the summit. This was realigned in 1953 when passing lanes were added. The cut on the right was for a realignment of the railroad around 1996.
Section of alignment just west of the summit. This was realigned in 1953 when passing lanes were added. The cut on the right was for a realignment of the railroad around 1996. View is easterly.
Sierra Highway, Antelope Valley Freeway (State 14), and the Southern Pacific Railroad near Vincent. The pre-1952 alignment of Sierra Highway is visible near the center of the image. Courtesy – Caltrans (1999)
1949 view of US 6 looking toward Soledad Canyon Road. This is also the section of highway visible in the photo above.
1949 view of US 6 looking toward Soledad Canyon Road. This is also the section of highway visible in the photo above.
1920's view of the concrete paving just east of Soledad Canyon Road.
1920’s view of the concrete paving just east of Soledad Canyon Road.

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