Highway 9 in 1939 when it was still dirt

Highway 9 in 1939 before paving. Taken from Skyline Boulevard or higher on 9.


An amazing photo taken by John C. Gordon in April 1939 showing Highway 9, or Big Basin Way, looking east.

That bare spot on the right is about a mile up from where Redwood Gulch Road joins Hwy 9. Today it’s still there, but draped with netting to prevent erosion.

The drainage you see is Stevens Canyon.

Unpaved in April 1939! That’s a surprise. The description says photo taken on Skyline Boulevard. I’m not so sure. Maybe higher up on Hwy 9.

Link to San Jose Library collection:

Panoramic view from Skyline Boulevard

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