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Ghost Highway: 1964

Ghost Highway: 1964

January 1964. Just up ahead around the bend this roadway, then part of US 99, the major northern highway access to Los Angeles, is today submerged under Pyramid Lake. Traffic was rerouted to Interstate 5 in 1968 when construction of the dam was begun. My color slide on Montgomery Ward film. View full size.

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We live on Route 99 in Seattle- it's fun to see photos of it elsewhere.

Route 99

This location still exists. It is just north of the Piru Creek Bridge (53-0082) within Piru Gorge. The large bluff is comprised of Ridge Basin Group deposits that are highly prone to sliding. Adjacent to the photo (right) would be the realigned Piru Creek, where the "Channel Change" was built in 1931 to avoid building two bridges. The concrete is mostly gone, but you can still see where it started and ended. This location is also just north of where opening ceremonies took place on the Ridge Route Alternate on October 29, 1933. So, it isn't under the lake, the lake is about one mile north, just north of the Pyramid Rock (the lake's namesake). See for more information.

Getting the bends

I haven't figured out how to embed Live Search bird's eye views, but here's a link to the approximate spot showing those distinctive cliff formations. It's just to the south of the dam, so this section of roadway, now called "The Golden State Highway" still exists.

Looking for the bend

Using Live search and bird's eye view I can't quite place this. Somewhere near the north side?

[Maybe try Fish-Eye View. Since it's under a lake now. - Dave]

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