About the Organization


The Ridge Route Preservation Organization (RRPO) is a 501(c)(3) California non-profit corporation committed to educating the public to the importance of California’s historic 1915 Ridge Route Highway, an engineering marvel that prevented California from separating into two separate states. Seventeen point six miles of the original road were recorded onto the National Register of Historic Places on September 25, 1997.

Our intent is to solicit federal, state, and private support to restore the road that has been almost completely void of maintenance since 1933. Some of this maintenance is being done by the RRPO through our CUTRR events. We also are working toward getting the road back open to regular vehicular travel from near Templin Highway to the Tumble Inn site.

We will accomplish these goals through advocacy, public relations, legislation, fund raising events, and our web site.

Michael F Ballard, President

Principle Officers:

  • Michael F Ballard, President
  • Richard Schwartz, Secretary
  • Richard Valot, Treasurer
  • Fatima Bugharin, Research Director
  • Harrison I. Scott, Director