Gaviota Pass and U.S. Route 101 (1930s)

The two vintage postcards below show Gaviota Pass circa 1930 and the old cement single lane highway, which today is a four lane divided interstate, as shown in the third image below and also in the previous post, . The first image shows the northbound view through the pass and the second looks southbound toward the Pacific Ocean a mile away. The captions are taken from the back of each card. Coast Highway, California – Entrance to Gaviota Pass

Los Cruces Creek, Gaviota Pass. Near Santa Barbara, Cal. On the Coast Highway near Santa Barbara. In motoring north, after miles of beautiful ocean scenery it is here that the highway leaves the coast and winds its way through the Santa Barbara Mountains, with their unsurpassed beauty.

Looking southbound over Highway 101 and Gaviota Pass in 2011. The curving southbound lane on the right crosses over Gaviota Creek and through the breezeway between the bedrock in the same place as the old concrete road shown in the postcard photos. The rock formation noted by the red dot is or was called Indian Chin, the nub of the pointy nose can be seen silhouetted against the slow lane, the chin is sort of lost against the guard rail. Indian Chin can also been seen in the second postcard image just above and left of the automobile.

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2 Responses to Gaviota Pass and U.S. Route 101 (1930s)

  1. beingjulz says:

    Great post! There are other thoughts I’d like to express on both the positve & negative aspects of the march of progress but the majority of my brain is busy mulling over the post I’ve sat down to create for my own blog… so, at this time I’ll just say, great post! 🙂 Distraction is a funny beast. 😉

  2. Steven Tze says:

    Just past this point going north is where the CHP tends to hide out looking for speeders. At least that was my impression driving through in December. 2 within a couple of miles. Beautiful area though. Thanks for posting the old cards, it’s always interesting to see an area change over time.

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