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Wasatch Range: 1940

Wasatch Range: 1940

March 1940. "Wasatch Mountains. Summit County, Utah." Photo by Arthur Rothstein for the Farm Security Administration. View full size.

 

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Socks is right about the location. I've driven this road many times in many different road conditions. Up ahead is Park City to the right and Cedar City to the left and down a ways. I wonder if the old Lincoln Highway went down Parley's canyon en route to Salt Lake City? That's a very steep road even for today's vehicles to handle. Despite that, modern day I-80 plunges right through it at break-neck speeds!

My Google Map coordinates for my updated photo are 40.7361046,-111.4881046.

Boring straight highways

About that time they were made less boring by Burma Shave.

Kink in the road

Eventually all of these roads have to have a "kink" or double turn because they are trying to go in a straight line on the curved surface of the earth. Check out any road map of an area in the great plains. In most places road planners make these shifts as gentle as possible; in some places they are dead ends with abrupt turns which can be dangerous for drowsy drivers.

Which direction BillyB?

I say the road ends at a "T" junction and that road goes both left and right. I have driven some of the boring roads where you see the town ahead and yet it takes 30 minutes at 60mph plus to actually get there.

Lincoln Highway (Interstate 80)

It appears that perhaps this is a view looking southwest down the "Lincoln Highway", now Interstate 80, just southwest of its intersection with Highway 189. The road heads across the mountains into Salt Lake City.

Straight as a ruler

On road trips these highways were very boring to travel, so Mom used play a game with us of which way the road would turn next. I'm gonna guess this one turns to the left.

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