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On the Road: 1942

On the Road: 1942

Highway view, probably near Creede, Colorado. December 1942. View full size. 4x5 Kodachrome transparency by Andreas Feininger.


On the road 1942

The picture was taken on US Highway 6 and 40 in Mt Vernon Canyon near the Mother Cabrini Shrine Road My guess is that it is very near the current Lookout Mountain exit from I-70
Jim Parker
Former Lookout Mountain area resident in late 40's and early 50's

Localized drought in a

Localized drought in a pretty dry part of the state. Nearby Alamosa only got 11.2" of snow for the entire 1942-43 season, the 4th lowest total on record. Montrose had only received 8.6" by the end of December, with a 20.5" total for the season. Average snowfall for Montrose by the end of December is only about 10" though.

Definitely not Creede?

I vote for this being in Idaho. How about Freeze Out hill near Emmett?


The only thing that's changed about this country are the cars.

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