We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
The video was nice. I was struck, though, by how unlikely this would be today. If California received billions in road funds today, much of it would be diverted to health care for illegal aliens and sex changes for state prison inmates. Then liberals like Jerry Brown would whine about how their state isn't getting its fair share of funding.
I've been over the Donner Pass several times, both on the Interstate and on Hwy 40.
One of the most interesting sights is the original Transcontinental railroad tunnel through the summit. It was blasted out of solid granite with nitroglycerin. The rail route was diverted through a new, longer tunnel not so long ago so one can safely walk along the old road bed.
At the tunnel one can see the original pick axe marks on the tunnel walls.
First drove Route 66 from Los Angeles to Chicago in the summer of 1954. Continued further east. Again for Christmas 1956 turned south into Texas on that trip and further east. In 1958 while heading back home to LAX we left our eastern "hemostate" and traveled south. Parts of that "short cut" were still dirt road and ended up in a "highway junction" that had 1 brand new gas station, and one brand new cafe. That was all there was in the middle of the forest except for the new East/West Highway that had just been punched through the previous summer. It was a two laner and there was so much excitement at that intersection! In summer of 1956 went to Yellowstone from LAX and part of the trip in Montana was on dirt roads !