The west side of the San Joqauin Valley is familiar to motorists on the long stretch of Interstate 5 between Altamont Pass and Grapevine, the fast route between northern and southern California. The landsacpe is dominated by the linear features of highway, aqueduct, and powerlines. This stretch of I-5 was designed to bypass existing cities and there is still nothing along the route but small service centers for travelers and truckers.
Most irrigated agriculture on the west side dates from completion of the California Aqueduct in the 1970's and '80's, almost a century later than on the east side of the San Joaquin Valley. Until then local economies were based on grazing and petroleum production.Wikipedia: Interstate 5 in California
Orestimba Viewpoint on Interstate 5, near NewmanOrestimba Viewpoint on Interstate 5
near Newman, CaliforniaDate photographed: March 3, 2006
Dos Amigos Pumping PlantThe Dos Amigos Pumping Plant on the California Aqueduct, viewed from Interstate Five
near Los Banos, CaliforniaDate photographed: March 30, 2008
The McKittrick Brea PitsSimilar to the more famous La Brea Tar Pits in Los Angeles, this mass of natural asphalt contained thousands of well preserved bones of animals from the Pleistocene. Several of California's largest oil fields spread along the west side of the San Joaquin Valley and adjacent foothills.
near McKittrick, CaliforniaDate photographed: April 3, 2017
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