US 6 / US 395 – Fish Springs / Poverty Hills

Basin and Range – Owens Valley

6_smallFish Springs / Poverty Hills

Fish Springs Road just north of US 6/395
South end Fish Springs Road just north of US 6/395
Looking south along Fish Springs Road toward the Poverty Hills.
Looking south along Fish Springs Road toward the Poverty Hills.
1916 8' wide concrete roadway with a pullout. This was the first paving in the Owens Valley and was probably done because of the muddy nature of this section of the Valley.
1916 8′ wide concrete roadway with a pullout. This was the first paving in the Owens Valley and was probably done because of the muddy nature of this section of the Valley.
1916 concrete and newer overlay.
1916 concrete and newer overlay.

In 1916, the first concrete paving was laid through here from Division Creek to Fish Springs. Portions remain today, mostly buried by asphalt south of Aberdeen Station Road. A short section in the Poverty Hills remains fully exposed to this day. It demonstrates an early idea in paving. When money was limited, paving was laid only where it needed to be. In this case, only one lane was paved with pullouts every 100′ or so. This is similar to the Plank Road across the Algondones Dunes on US 80 in the Imperial Valley.

Sierra Nevada Mountains from Fish Springs.
Sierra Nevada Mountains from Fish Springs.
Elk grazing in the reserve to the east of current US 395 near Fish Springs.
Elk grazing in the reserve to the east of current US 395 near Fish Springs.

US 6 bypassed Fish Springs in the mid 1960’s. White striping and old signs can be found along this alignment. The new alignment was built to expressway standards but is only two lanes wide. In 2002, US 395 was widened to a four lane expressway from the Poverty Hills north to Big Pine. The original side is now the northbound lanes.

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