Wednesday, January 18, 2012

First Freeway in the West

Its seems as though every time we think we’ve seen and heard about everything there is to know about the Arroyo Seco Parkway (SR-110), we find something new. A little while ago while we were searching to through our archives in District 7 and found a picture of Amerigo Bozzani, the state highway commissioner and members of the Kawie tribe (the Spanish called them Cahuillas) that inhabited the area of what is now the Arroyo Seco Parkway. In this picture taken on November 12, 1940, the tribal members were on hand to ceremonially transfer the land title to the “white man.”

Obviously the way we open new freeways and begin new construction projects has changed, we definitely don’t smoke peace pipes.