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Pacific Coast Highway in California
Images of America
Pacific Coast Highway in California in the Images of America series
tells the story of, and shows in historic pictures, the building of the Pacific
Coast Highway from its earliest beginnings back in 1911.
It was in 1911, the Introduction to this excellent book
tells us, that the first stretch of highway along the entire California coast was
built, linking Carpinteria with the Ventura River, a distance of about 16
miles. This would gradually be extended so that Los Angeles could eventually
link with San Francisco. In 1913 another stretch of coastal road was built,
covering the ten miles or so between Newport Beach and Laguna Beach.
From such modest beginnings an ambitious plan emerged to
build a highway linking all the communities along the California coast, all the
way to the Oregon border. This would improve trade and communications, and make
those scattered towns and villages less isolated, giving them easier access to
each other and the big cities.
The story of the building of that highway, which became the
Pacific Coast Highway, is told in this excellent and informative book about the
making of America's favorite drive. The story comes alive with the inclusion of
hundreds of historical photos from the archives of the California Department of
Transport (Caltrans), the people who still work hard to keep the highway open
when mother nature with her winter storms closes it down.
Feats of Engineering
The Introduction also explains some of the amazing feats of
engineering which were required in order to construct a highway along this
dramatic and rugged coastline of mountains and deep gorges. One of the deepest
canyons was the Arroyo Hondo near Gaviota, which required a multi-arched bridge
that opened in 1918. It stood for about fifty years, by which time it was too
small for the volume of traffic and the size of some of the newer vehicles, and
a larger bridge had to be built.
The original still stands, though, so when
you're driving the highway watch out for the Arroyo Hondo Vista Point where the
old bridge now acts as a pedestrian walkway and a part of the Pacific Coast
Another hurdle was at Point Mugu, where the Santa Monica
Mountains came right down to meet the Pacific Ocean. Workers had to scale the
cliffs and blast away 108,000 cubic yards of rock to create a way through for
the road, leaving Mugu Rock standing on the ocean side to become a noted
landmark along the drive.
Finishing the Pacific Coast Highway in California
There were problems other than engineering ones to overcome.
The owner of some land in Malibu refused to allow a highway to be built through
her property, and refused to sell the land. The battle raged on for years in
the courts till eventually she lost her case and the final stretch of the
Pacific Coast Highway between Santa Barbara and San Diego opened in 1929.
Then came the hurdle of Big Sur. We could go on to fill this website
with stories about the building of the highway, but then that would spoil this fantastic book for people.
The book runs to 128 pages, and after the three-page
Introduction it's photos all the way. Most pages have two photos on them,
though some have only one, but they all come with captions that tell
mini-stories of their own. The photos cover wildlife, beaches, highway
landmarks like Santa Monica Pier, lighthouses, natural disasters (and clearing
up and rebuilding after them), and lovers of old cars will have a field day
with the vintage shots of early cars driving the highway.
There's no doubt in our mind that anyone who's driven the Pacific
Coast Highway in California, or plans to drive it, will get something out of
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Drive times and distances on the Pacific Coast Highway or the quickest routes from Seattle to San Francisco to Los Angeles to San Diego.
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Lonely Planet's Coastal California guidebook is the ideal travel guide for driving or cycling the Pacific Coast Highway from the Oregon border to Mexico.
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