I drove through the “James Dean Memorial Junction” at California Highway’s 46 and 41 today. This is the location where James Dean lost his life in a car accident. Really though, it was a crash. Back in the day it was all blamed on James Dean for speeding. But, today they say he wasn’t speeding at all. That the car driven by Donald Turnupseed simply turned in front of him because he did not see the silver Porsche that Dean was driving.
It’s probably as simple as that – someone did not notice the other vehicle. But, because of this accident, a legend was born.
If James Dean had survived this crash, I believe he would not have become the icon he has. No one would be talking about him today.
This interchange is different today than it was in 1955. The impact occurred between the first and second arrow in the lane I am traveling in.
Over by the fence you can see a flag, that is where James Dean’s car came to a rest after the crash.
There are so many things I get to see while driving all over this beautiful country of ours that I want to share them with you. I will call these posts “Mile Post – ” with a mileage amount that coincides with the amount of miles I have driven so far for the year. I’m starting with zero miles for each year instead of my total life miles on the road because I would have to spend a lot of time, and who has that much time spare time, to calculate all the miles I have driven in big trucks in my lifetime. My guess is I am close to 3 million miles so far. But guessing just won’t do. So, I will start at zero.
These posts will be about anything I find interesting along the way as I’m going down the road. I will share whatever seems interesting. And I’ll include photos and video as much as i can to show it all for you.