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The Scenic Route: 1941

The Scenic Route: 1941

September 1941. "Road through the mountains from Idaho Springs to Central City, Colorado." Photo by Marion Post Wolcott for the Farm Security Administration. View full size.


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Former rally driver here

I'd love to be set loose on this road. It looks quite well maintained.

Waiting Idly

I've waited patiently several days and am amazed no Shorpy auto sleuths as yet have identified the two autos in this image.

Oh-My-God Road

Around 1950 our family took a trip to Denver to visit relatives and, while we were there, our uncle took us to Central City. He took Oh-My-God Road coming back and I don't think I have ever been on a road like that before or since. To say it was scary does not do it justice. A lot of it was one lane dirt road with a few pull-offs to allow oncoming traffic to pass. At some places you could look down a long, long way to the bottom.The law in Colorado says that the person coming down has to give way to the person coming up because the downhill driver has more control backing up. I don't remember that we met anyone coming up. We were sure glad to get off that road.

That is a route

... just made for motorcycles of the adventure sort. Twisties and swoops, beauty!

Maybe Virginia Canyon road?

Street View hasn't made it there yet.

Oh, give me a brake

This route has always been known to us locals as the "Oh-My-God Road."


"Professional driver on a closed course" - I don't think Lexus or Audi is going to be scouting this location for a slick ad, even with professional drivers.

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