Roads Go Through – California’s Gold (9002)

Join Huell as he rides right through the middle of some California history! First stop is Beal’s Cut, a hand-cut stagecoach road in the the Santa Clarita Mountains and a steep “short cut” between the pueblo of Los Angeles and points north. General Phineas Banning drove the first stage through the treacherous mountain pass in 1854. In 1863 troops under the command of General Beale deepened “the cut” to its present depth of 90 ft. In 1910 the old roadway was replaced by the nearby Newhall Tunnel, which gave way to modern-day Sierra Highway in 1938. Santa Clarita Valley Historian Philip Scorsa tells Huell all there is to know, including how Beal’s Cut lived on as a movie location for decades to come. Then, it’s onto Groveland, CA. a quirky Gold Rush community with Native American roots. Huell gets a tour with Innkeeper Peggy Mosley and sees the sights, including: “The Iron Door” – known as the oldest continuously operating saloon in the west. Groveland is also the headquarters for the Hetch Hetchy project, and gateway to Yosemite National Park.