Yes, there were traffic jams in 1951, too. Here’s the 101’s Silver Lake Boulevard off-ramp.
Part of the Los Angeles Examiner Collection in the USC Digital Library.

Yes, there were traffic jams in 1951, too. Here’s the 101’s Silver Lake Boulevard off-ramp.

Part of the Los Angeles Examiner Collection in the USC Digital Library.

1954 aerial view of the Four Level Interchange, where the 101 and 110 freeways meet.
Courtesy of the USC Libraries - Dick Whittington Photography Collection.

1954 aerial view of the Four Level Interchange, where the 101 and 110 freeways meet.

Courtesy of the USC Libraries - Dick Whittington Photography Collection.

Remember the “Buckle up!” mural by Steve Rose on the 101 freeway through downtown L.A.? Here’s a 1990 view from the Robin Dunitz Slides of Los Angeles Murals collection in the USC Digital Library.

Remember the “Buckle up!” mural by Steve Rose on the 101 freeway through downtown L.A.? Here’s a 1990 view from the Robin Dunitz Slides of Los Angeles Murals collection in the USC Digital Library.

The Santa Monica (I-10) Freeway under construction near downtown Los Angeles in 1961.
Learn more about the freeway’s construction in L.A. as Subject’s guest post for KCET Departures, “Creating the Santa Monica Freeway, Building Walls Across Communities.”

The Santa Monica (I-10) Freeway under construction near downtown Los Angeles in 1961.

Learn more about the freeway’s construction in L.A. as Subject’s guest post for KCET Departures, “Creating the Santa Monica Freeway, Building Walls Across Communities.

Automobile accident on the Ramona Freeway (today, Interstate 10) in 1952.

Automobile accident on the Ramona Freeway (today, Interstate 10) in 1952.