Location #2

This is another location where broken pieces of the old 101 were dumped on the side of the road. It's located about a quarter of a mile northeast of location #1 on the southbound side of El Camino Real. This location is probably very close to the path that the missionaries used between the mission San Luis Obispo de Tolosa, and the asistencia located on the Santa Margarita Ranch which was called Santa Margarita de Cortona, and is the subject of one of my other history projects.

Update.... 1/21/05. Sometime in late 2004, Cal-Trans removed the pile of broken cement pieces from this location. In doing so, however, the unearthed the remaining original cement route of the 101 which apparantly looped through this turnout. As luck would have it, the day before I was to re-shoot this area, Cal-Trans decided to dump a bunch of asphalt on this exact spot. I took the pictures anyway on 1/19/05, and they appear at the bottom of this page.

Update....3/15/05... They finally moved the asphalt piles off, and I took a few more shots.


View looking east toward the pile.

A closer view of the same as above. Note the grooves in the suface here.
Another close-up that shows the thickness of the cement slab as well as a layer of asphalt on top.
This shot clearly shows the grooves that were cut by machine into the slab to provide traction on the highway. I don't think this worked as well as they had hoped.
View to the northeast of the beautiful Santa Margarita Ranch landscape.
Another view to the north of the ranch. Its too bad that soon there very well may be houses and golf courses replacing this view.
View looking west after Cal-Trans removed the pile of cement pieces.
Another view facing west.
View facing east.
Latest photos without the piles of asphalt. This is facing west.
Another shot facing west.
View looking east.
Close-up showing the asphalt covering over the original cement.


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