This tour guide is a sampler of places and structures that will lead you to interesting destinations, routing you through a rich variety of rural landscapes along the way.
“The ordinary tourist in this state sees little outside the beaten track . . . But there are ‘high ways and by ways’ . . “
New construction designed to increase the safety of travel along a 24-mile stretch of Highway 46 in San Luis Obispo County prompted Caltrans Historian Robert Pavlik to focus on the small community of Whitley Gardens and the monument to the iconic rebel James Dean.
The Guadalupe Parkway in San Jose, constructed in the 1960s, near the former Woolen Mills Chinatown was proposed for upgrading in the 1990s. This afforded an opportunity for Caltrans archaeologists and historians to tell the story of the Woolen Mills Chinatown. In this essay, Caltrans Historical Archaeologist Anmarie Medin elucidates the history of a people for whom few English language records are available.
Andrew Hope examines those bridges in our county that mark new engineering methods upon which many bridges throughout the state have been constructed. These are pioneering designs, remarkable for their origins and development from new materials by the creative engineering minds of our state.