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Address: Intersection 41 & 46, Cholame, CA 93461

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We were riding our motorcycles on back roads and came to this junction, good place to get off and stretch Here is a small monument commemorating the fatal crash of James Dean... read more

3 of 5 starsReviewed May 21, 2016
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Helena, MT
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2016

We were riding our motorcycles on back roads and came to this junction, good place to get off and stretch Here is a small monument commemorating the fatal crash of James Dean in his Porsche. Tragic end to an up and coming young actor. A place to reflect

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Long Beach, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 18, 2016

It's a site for sure. I got chills when we stopped. A huge piece of history here. Worth the detour to see.

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Minnesota
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 18, 2016

We did a last-minute change to our road trip itinerary. Instead of heading back towards LA (which is the direction we came from) we decided to head to Bakersfield cross country (Ventura, Santa Barbara, Santa Maria, San Luis Obispo, Paso Robles, Lost Hills, etc) and we were in the middle of nowhere when my hubby said, "I think James Dean... More 

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Northern California
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 16, 2016

This is near the crash site of James Byron Dean the actor that stared in 3 movies yet became an icon of the 50's. This site has a couple of brass plaques that give some explanation of who he was and commemorates a tree that is in his honor. The last weekend of September, 3 car clubs gather to celebrate... More 

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Moreno Valley, California
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2015

Although barely marked along State Route 41, and 30 miles E of Paso Robles, there is a sad historic exhibit next to a small cafe on the NW side of the highway that invites the curious to stop by and view some mementos. James Dean, an original and iconic Hollywood rebel from the 1950s died tragically here driving his own... More 

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Brighton
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 11, 2015

We were told we would travel past this Junction on the way back to Vegas from Pacific Coast. For some morbid reason I just wanted to see what view Mr Dean must have enjoyed on that famous traffic disaster. I can fully understand how his Porsche may have been considered to have been travelling faster than the 55 speed limit... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2014 via mobile

As an old movie buff this was a must see. I found it a bit sad that the memorial is in the parking lot of a restaurant and was funded by a private citizen of another country. The actual site of the crash, or as close to it as you can get now, is marked with a few pictures on... More 

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Bakersfield, California
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2014

We don't generally stop here when we drive to the beach, but I have to say the improvements to Hwy 46 are fabulous. It's the only way we go anymore.

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Morro Bay, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 8, 2014 via mobile

It is a nice memorial that was put up to remember the site of James Dean's fatal car wreck from taking a corner too fast. The corner is visible. There is various memorabilia, post cards, etc and it is a quick stop to see and get a quick sandwich inside the cafe.

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Morro Bay, CA
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2013

There is what I suppose you could call a dedication area at Jack Ranch Cafe on Route 41, but it's not really where the accident happened. I suppose if you happen to be driving by, it's interesting to check out, but not worth a special trip, that's for sure.

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