Wednesday, January 30, 2013

From the Archives: Topanga Canyon Boulevard (SR-27)

1930s era vehicle cruising down Topanga Canyon Boulevard (SR-27) on Feb. 3, 1940. Caltrans Archives

In 1920, Ben Blow the author of California Highways wrote, “Of the oil-bound macadam roads, intended in the main for pleasurable touring traffic, the Topanga Canyon road perhaps stands foremost in scenic attraction, supplying as it does a link in a short tour originating in Los Angeles and thence, by way of Venice, Santa Monica, and Oceanside, leading up the coast past medieval-looking and moving-picture establishments to where a rugged gash in the mountains opens Topanga Canyon to the sea.”

In modern terms, Blow meant that the route was an amazing road that provided a link from the San Fernando Valley to the beach, and several other coastal communities.  Today, the route is known as Topanga Canyon Boulevard or State Route (SR) 27.  SR-27 begins at the Ronald Reagan Freeway (SR-118) near the community of Chatsworth and ends at the Pacific Coast Highway (SR-1) near the community of Castellmmare.