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Welcome to Train Hot Dog, the podcast where I talk to myself on a train. Today's podcast -- today's Train Hot Dog, we're going to be figuring out who named Sir Francis Drake Boulevard. But first: Rider Mail! And before Rider Mail, I get to find Rider Mail in this long message of em- li- list of emails I've received.
Here we go. This Rider Mail is from the (425) area code. This Rider writes: "Hey, Train Hot Dog, how's it hanging? Just wanted to say that I think the topic of 'white dog poop' was a little weird as topics that you could come up with, until the whole recent one with Larger Luke and Luke Prime. Wondering how did you find those subjects? 'Cause they're really odd. Also, I have suggested for a subject: 'Pollock Jokes'. " Man, that's a great idea; jokes about artist Jackson Pollock. It's really low-hanging fruit, too, 'cause his art is ridiculous. Uh, "I remember my grandparents always telling a bunch of jokes and basically indicating that apparently Polish people are stupid, and I always wondered what's up with that; I'm guessing maybe some WWII thing." <laughs> Yeah. The -- "The 'poleaxe' got themselves invaded by Nazi Germany. What a bunch of idiots!" Um, "Anyway, please do investigate. Bye."
I - I think Google's automatic transcription software has gotten better, because that's one of the more cogent Rider Mails I've ever received. Um, yeah -- I'll definitely, I'm gonna write that down; in fact, I'm gonna write that down right now -- I'm gonna do a Train Hot Dog, someday, about what's up with Jackson Pollock.
Um, but for now, this Rider Mail is about Sir Francis Drake [boulev]ard, so let's ... do some research along those lines... <typing> for ... 'Sir Francis Drake ...' [unintelligibly-broad caricature of French pronunciation of 'Boulevard'] Bulvaah. Bulvuuh. Bluuvooh.
"Sir Francis Drake Boulevard is an east-west arterial road in Marin County, California, running from just west of the Richmond San Rafael Bridge to the trail head for the Point Reyes lighthouse at the end of the Point Reyes Peninsula. It is named for" -- okay, this is vital information, but it's not what we're looking for; I want to make that clear, right now -- "It is named for the English explorer, Francis Drake, whose ship, The Golden Hinde, landed somewhere along the Pacific coast" -- yeah, guys, I've played Uncharted -- "of North America in 1579, claiming the area  -ea for England as Nova Albion. Drake's landing place has been" -- "often been theorized to be at what is now called Drakes Bay," -- no apostrophe; the Drakes Bay Wikiped[ia] page also has no apostrophe in its  page -- "on Point Reyes, the western terminus for the boul[ev]ard. In the 1960s [audio jumps; sounds like 'in the nineteen-six-ees'], the majority of the route of Sir Francis Drake Boulevard was to be expanded into State Route 251. This plan was not implemented due to strong opposition by environmental groups."
All right. So, in that case, let's add some search terms. <typing> 'Who named Sir Francis Drake Boulevard'. Uh, the, okay, the results for this are the Wikipedia page for Sir Francis Drake Boulevard; Sir Francis Drake High School [unintelligible fragment; sounds like 'in that'] -- uh -- "Francis Drake"; "Did Drake Really Do It?" Like, 'did he have children?' Is that what you're asking? Oh, this is in Marin Magazine, so it's ... probably relevant. "Sir Francis Drake -- The New World Encyclopedia"; "Sir Francis Drake (eBook)". Uh, "East Sir Francis Drake Boulevard, Larkspur CA." Oh, that's at Dirty Harry filming loc... oh, that's at dirtyharryfilminglocations.wordpress.com. I'm reading that. At least a little bit.
"Sadly, after 4th [at?] another major section of the Dirty Harry wair-railway trestle has recently been demolished." 'Further demolition of the Dirty Harry railway trestle on Sir Francis Drake Boulevard.' Source: Marin Independent Journal. "You can still step into what's left of the picture by gu - following the guide below." What is -- okay, this -- I feel like this is a lot -- needs a lot of context that I don't have time to ... track down. But I'm sure it has something to do with -- okay, here's -- here's a paragrap: The entire scene, from the railway trestle to the quarry takes place in an area less than 1 mile long. If you visit the site, you will appreciate that Don Siegel's geographic perspective and timing were maintained to perfection." Okay. Apparently there's a ... railway trestle scene ... in Dirty Harry. Alright, let's just ... do this: <typing> 'who names boulevards'.
"Who names boulevards?". "Street or road name", on Wikipedia. A street or road name, or odonym" -- that's a great word! O-D-O-N-Y-M -- "is an identifying name given to a street. A street name usually forms part of the address." -- oh -- 'Addresses in some parts of the world most nodalgy - mo - notably most in Japan make no reference to street names. Buildings are often given numbers along the street to further help identify them. Names are often given in a two-part form: an individual name, known as the 'specific', and an indicator of the type of street, known as the 'generic'." Examples are "Main Road," "Fleet Street, and "Park Avenue." The type of street stated. However cannot be can sometimes be misleading a street named Park Avenue. Need not have the characteristic seventh Avenue in the generic sense. Some street names have only one element for example the Broadway mall and the. Peaches street name could also include a direction and the cardinal points east. West north south or the quadrants northwest northeast southwest southeast. Especially in cities at the crib numbering system example could be used. Roosevelt Boulevard and 14th Street Northwest. Directs there often is the difference here to say she had two sections of the. Street. Other qualifiers may be used for that purpose as well examples of her lower. Old new or adding extensions Main Street High Street a common name is your major. City in the middle of the shopping area and I had to say today. Respectively i Street in the UK. Most common street name in the USA is 2nd, or second. Etymologies. That's almost what we want. No, I wanna know who names these things. Streets. Landmarks. Self-descriptive names. Searching again. Autocomplete here is who names highways. From names the numbers the origins of the US numbered highway system. On Sunday August 30th 1920 get ready for a story on Sunday August 30th 1925. Triple-a President Thomas P Henry and general manager Ken Smith stepped into their Cadillac and began a one week 24 hours a day drive from washington DC's to San Francisco California. Wanted to demonstrate how the large powerful touring cars of the day could give motorists new thrills for their "jaded road appetite." they arrived in. San Francisco on Friday September 4th after a run that only 36 hours with the. Aid of triple-a affiliates Henry and Smith had difficulty finding their way. Until they reach western Utah. A signboard single departing of the Lincoln Highway a direct route from New. York City to San Francisco and the victory highway New York City to San. Francisco via -- via Baltimore. Henry and Smith turn the Cadillac to the raid took the victory highway but soon. Came to a hill six roads lead over the top Smith wrote in his account of the. Journey. And each road was worse than the other. He found his way. By walking ahead half a mile to be sure the road he thought was the court was. Correct and carried through for the next two hours we pitched in tossed dropping. In to check holes and raising clouds of dust. These two leaders of the country's largest auto club are experiencing. Firsthand why these were the final days of named trails. The trouble with names. The shells were a product of the Pioneer Days and other travel. Government took a little interest in here said roads most long distance trips. Even the most avid advocate as automobile took place in the comfort of. The nation's railroads. Named shells can be traced to the eighteen nineties movement began in. Earnest in the early 1910s with the National old trails Road Baltimore. Los Angeles and the Lincoln Highway setting the pattern Mr Selekta route. Over existing off and just barely existing roads getting hit color so. Named for new formed an association to promote the trail.collected dues from businesses towns along the way. Associations publisher of guys and newsletters held annual conventions. And promoted. There and use of their route. Goals promote the road good roads cause. And economic opportunity for the cities and businesses along the way. By the mid-1920s associations and then over 250 routes. Included transcontinental routes such the Dixie Highway Savannah Georgia San. Diego. The) Lee Highway washingtonDC to San Diego the old Spanish Trail (st.. Augustine Florida San Diego. Pikes Peak ocean to ocean. New York City to Los Angeles. Theodore Roosevelt National Highway ''(Portland Maine Portland OR) again with. The Canadian stress through Ontario and the Yellowstone trail Boston Seattle. North-south routes included the Atlantic Highway in the Pacific Highway along the. Coasts and others such as the Evergreen highway Portland Oregon Del Paso. Jackson Highway Chicago New Orleanians the Jefferson Highway Winnipeg. Means the king of trails highway winnipeg to Brownsville Texas. So. Highway. 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Said adding a scientist past history of uncertainty. Apologists are descendants of your strategy. Wisconsin shows the way. They shared by Wisconsin Highway officials state highway engineer Arthur. R Hurst told the National Congress in January 19 at the trails were. Established with quote a great deal of Augusto and perils of paint he added the. Ordinary drill motor is seemingly considered that plenty of wind and fuel. Barrels of paint a few hours of mineral or all that is required to build and. Maintain it he doesn't mile trail wisconsin was the first day to replace. Trail signs with numbers 1972 state law requires the creation of a statement. Trunk highway system of up to five thousand miles included a provision. Requiring uniforms warning signs for the system. For developing the guide and warning signs Wisconsin Saturday marking methods. Used elsewhere such a system. Employed in southeastern states that assign one colored annuities West roads. 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In conclusion, we don't know who Francis Drake Boulevard was named after. Or by.