Circa 1940s view of the California Incline in Santa Monica. Courtesy of the USC Libraries - Dick Whittington Photography Collection.
The final segment of Pacific Coast Highway, then known as the Roosevelt Highway, opened 83 years ago today. From the USC Digital Library, here are two circa 1929 views of the famed roadway, taken between Santa Monica and Malibu.
1929 map of the coast highway route between Long Beach and Newport Beach. From the USC Digital Library’s Automobile Club of Southern California Strip Maps Collection.
Circa 1905 view of the Santa Monica shoreline from Palisades Park. The tracks of the Los Angeles & Independence R.R. run where Pacific Coast Highway is today. To the right, a motorcar ascends an early version of the California Incline.