May 23, 2022 Program: “Highway 99 – A Road with Many Names”

For National Historic Preservation month, the Redlands Historical Society is sponsoring  a celebration of the legacy of Highway 99 which traversed Redlands before the completion of the Interstate 10 freeway in 1962.


In 1936 Highway 99 was established through the central part of Redlands which had been part of the “Ocean to Ocean Highway” created in 1915. The state highway designation caused the renaming of Water Street and Central Avenue. The completion of Interstate 10 freeway in 1962 caused the renaming of the Highway 99 to Redlands Boulevard.


Tom Atchley, president of the Redlands Area Historical Society, will present a series of slides depicting a collection of buildings and facilities that used to be frequented by travelers on Highway 99. He will explore the historic impact that Highway 99 had on the community of Redlands and what has happened since the construction of the Interstate freeway.


Historical Society programs are free and open to the public. The meeting will be held on Monday, May 23, 2022 at 7:00 p.m. at the Contemporary Club at 175 Eureka Street. To attend via Zoom register in advance for this webinar at:

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.


Highway 99 Historic Story Map


A story map has been developed showing the route of Highway 99 through Redlands highlighting the many significant structures that were located along Highway 99’s path through the city and its environs. Viewers of the Story Map will be able to view photos of the buildings and explore their surroundings by viewing historic Sanborn Insurance Maps and historic Aerial Photos. You can visit the Highway 99 Story Map by visiting the Society’s website under the “Resources” section..