Redwood Highway

Also known as: California State Highway #1
W of Klamath, Klamath, California

Photos 

Redwood National & State Parks Roads

Photo from the Historic American Engineering Record

View photos at Library of Congress

Map 

Description 

The significance of the Redwood Highway is not simply that of a picturesque thoroughfare, although in the 1920s, parts of it, like the Avenue of the Giants, were identified as exceptional motoring experiences. Its evolution and the early preservation of the landscape is the essence of a rising U.S. conservation movement, at the core of which was the Save-the-Redwoods League, whose work resulted in a string of state parks connected to the road. In contrast to the mission of park preservationists and philanthropists, local and regional interest also marked the highway from the 1920s onward as a premier tourist destination and advocated for its interests. -- Historic American Engineering Record (HAER CA-269)

National Register information 

Status
Posted to the National Register of Historic Places on December 17, 1979
Reference number
79000253
Areas of significance
Engineering; Transportation
Level of significance
State
Evaluation criteria
A - Event; C - Design/Construction
Property type
Structure
Historic function
Road-related
Current function
Park
Periods of significance
1900-1924; 1925-1949
Significant years
1919; 1923

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