Carole Steele writes about places near and dear to her heart. Her interest in writing local history began when she authored her first book, Pictorial History of Mono Hot Springs, California in 2003, which was followed by Phoebe’s House: A Hearst Legacy in 2016. Throughout forty years of collecting and selling antique scenic postcards, Steele wrote several articles for the hobby publication Barr’s Postcard News. The images in this book are from her vast personal collection. Fond childhood memories of road trips from California to Oregon motivated her to write this history.

Title by Carole MacRobert Steele

  • by Carole MacRobert Steele

    Spanning from the early 1900s through the 1960’s, this nostalgic ride through Northern California and Oregon is one of the most highly visual histories ever written on U. S. Highway 99.

    Vintage postcard images depict how the crudely constructed Pacific Highway transitioned into the modern and paved U. S. Highway 99, only to be mostly abandoned when the new interstate opened.

    Traversing a myriad of landscapes, Highway 99 meanders through quaint towns and big cities, past towering pines and snow-capped mountains as mighty rivers gush through steep rugged canyons toward the fertile valleys of Oregon.

    Adding to the grandeur of this scenic route are iconic landmarks such as Mt. Shasta, Mt. McLoughlin, and Mt. Hood.

    Mostly abandoned stretches of the old highway reveal the hauntingly sad remains of deserted motels, gas stations, and tourist spots, their images lovingly preserved.

    Learn why the Pacific Highway gets confused with the Pacific Coast Highway.

    Learn how Interstate 5 evolved from a crude one-lane dirt road.

    Learn how U. S. Highway 99 became historically designated.

    Learn how travelers transitioned from tent camping to cozy motels.

    Learn the perils and predicaments of early highway travel.

    Learn why Mom & Pop became a big part of roadside businesses.

    Contains more than 600 rare roadside images