West (or south) end of U.S. Highway 6 in Bishop CA

View a map showing this route.

Photo credits: Mike Ballard; Rick Ehrenberg; Chris Elbert; Andy Field; the Hansens; Karin and Martin Karner; Alex Nitzman; Paul Schlichtman; Michael Summa

In 1964, when the US 6 designation was truncated to Bishop CA, the west "end" of the route technically became the point where it crosses the CA/NV line, because (most) signage on the remaining segment in California was changed to north/south. Today most US 6 signs in CA have been changed back to east/west, but a few exceptions remain. The photo below shows the last westbound US 6 marker...

Karners, Aug. 2010

...or I suppose it's possible that the missing tab used to say "South". But the Karners report that the marker directly across the road from here (for traffic heading the opposite direction) says "East". The shot below was taken approaching the west (or south) end of US 6, at its upcoming junction with US 395:

Elbert, Mar. 2005

A right turn there does not put you on directly on mainline US 395 - that's actually Wye Road, which connects with 395 after about a tenth-mile. Just ahead is the sign marking the actual end of the route:

Ehrenburg, 2002

The view there is south on Main Street, just north of where US 395 comes in from the right and continues straight ahead. That's the Sierra Nevada in the background (Mt. Whitney, the highest point in the 48 states, is in that range). Since then, the signage has changed slightly:

Elbert, Mar. 2005

Your tax dollars at work (and the Karners report that sign was missing in 2010). Just ahead, as you're waiting for the stoplight at US 395, the sign shown below is posted across the road:

Karners, Aug. 2010

Until 1964, the US 6 designation used to continue to the left, co-signed with US 395. Today US 395 heads south from Reno and Carson City NV, and provides access to California's Mono Lake and Yosemite National Park. From there, it continues south and east; by the time it reaches Bishop, it is aligned due east. In town, the road makes a broad curve to southbound Main (to the right of the gas station shown in the photo below...

Field/Nitzman, Nov. 2008

...but traffic heading for eastbound US 6 (marked "North" on that sign) is directed to continue due east on Wye Road (left of the gas station). After about a tenth-mile, there's a stop sign at Main, and traffic is directed to make another left turn:

Field/Nitzman, Nov. 2008

Below we're on northbound 395 at the west beginning of US 6:

Hansens, July 2004

That sign assembly was pretty much the same back in 1983...

Summa, 1983

...but notice the signs in the background that used to be present. They're shown close-up below:

Summa, 1983

Those were in reference to mountain passes ahead on each route (Deadmans Pass on 395, and Montgomery Pass on US 6, just across the Nevada line). If you were to follow the US 6 fork there, you would've soon seen the sign shown below:

Ballard

Note the "North" tab. That mileage sign has since been replaced...

Field/Nitzman, Nov. 2008

...and there is no longer a US 6 confirming assembly there. But you don't have to go much farther before encountering the really cool sign shown below:

Schlichtman, 2003

Notice that here US 6 is described as going "East" (instead of "North"). Note also the use of a 3-digit shield, which is particularly strange for a 1-digit route. That's a "Grand Army of the Republic Highway" marker on the left side, and those are the White Mountains in the background. Just ahead, US 6 turns east for about two miles, then resumes due north again. That stretch of road is where the first standard reassurance marker was posted:

Field/Nitzman, Nov. 2008

The White Mountains are again prominent in that striking shot - in the distance at far left, you can see the northern edge of that range. US 6 runs along the base of those mountains, so you can see how the road actually runs not only north, but also slightly west before finally turning eastward into Nevada. And thus you can see the dilemma Caltrans has faced in terms of which direction to use in signing their segment of US 6. The Karners report that sign was also missing in 2010 - now the first reassurance sign is at mile marker 23 (across from the sign shown in the first photo on this page). As a matter of fact, that's now the only reassurance marker along the entire California segment of US 6! Onward to Provincetown: 3200 miles (back to the main US 6 page).