US Highway 95

The Loneliest Highway in California


US 95 does not garner the title of "The Loneliest Highway in California" without good reason. It goes through desert for its entire run through California and goes near no major towns; the biggest it goes through is Needles. However, most of the time there is only barren desert with few signs of human habitation. The section of US 95 through California is something of an anomaly: it is only one of three (the others are US 97 and US 199) US highways to have remained unchanged. In fact, it was extended in 1964 over the Colorado River with I-10 into Arizona, then heading south to San Luis. Today it goes all the way from the Mexican border to the Canadian border and is one of the few highways in the United States to do so. 

Right: US 95 was signed as SR-195 its entire
length in California in 1939.

[US 95 (CA 195) in
1939 map courtesy of Mike Ballard, printed by H.M Gousha.

US 95 at a Glance

Original Routing

In 1926 US 95 only went through Idaho. Gradually it was extended south, and by the 1950s it ended in Blythe, California. In 1964 it was extended south to San Luis, Arizona. It enters Canada north of Eastport, Idaho and turns into British Columbia Provincial Route 95. Route 95 extends north to Golden, British Columbia where it ends at Route 1, the Trans-Canada Highway.

Current Status in California

As mentioned before, US 95 is only one of three US highways that has remained unaltered since 1964; the other two are US 97 and US 199.

Current Status Outside of California

US 95 has remained unchanged outside of California except where it has been routed with Interstate Highways.

Intersections With Other California US Highways

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