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June 29, 1929: California Gov. C.C. Young, center, prepares to cut ribbons opening the Roosevelt Highway through Malibu (now Pacific Coaast Highway), the last section of the highway linking Mexico with Canada. This photo was published in the June 30, 1929, Los Angeles Times.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Pacific & Atlantic Photos

June 29, 1929: Grant Donley, representing Canada (back to camera), and Marianita Servin, Miss Mexico, light large firecrackers during opening ceremony of the Roosevelt Highway in Malibu, the last section of the highway linking Mexico with Canada.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Los Angeles Times Archives/UCLA

June 29, 1929: First SigAlert on the PCH? An aerial photo shows cars waiting for opening ceremonies on the Roosevelt Highway through Malibu, the last section of the highway linking Mexico with Canada. The Roosevelt Highway today is the Pacific Coast Highway.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Pacific & Atlantic Photos

June 29, 1929: Aerial photo of ceremonies opening the Roosevelt Highway through Malibu, the last section of the highway linking Mexico with Canada. The Roosevelt Highway today is the Pacific Coast Highway. The photo taken from the Goodyear airship Volunteer and published in the June 30, 1929, Los Angeles Times.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Pacific & Atlantic Photos

June 29, 1929: A crowd of dignitaries attends a ceremony opening the Roosevelt Highway through Malibu, the last section of the highway linking Mexico with Canada. The Roosevelt Highway today is the Pacific Coast Highway.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Wide World Photos

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Roosevelt Highway’s 1929 opening in Malibu

June 29, 1929: The last section of the Roosevelt Highway, connecting Mexico with Canada, is opened in Malibu.

Burton L. Smith, Times Staff Representative, reported on the opening in the the June 30, 1929, Los Angeles Times:

OXNARD, June 29, (Exclusive)––For the first time in more than a century the general public was today given access to the scenic wonders of the famous Malibu Ranch when the last link in the Roosevelt Highway, extending from Canada to Mexico, was formally opened and dedicated by Gov. Young at ceremonies in Sycamore Canyon, near the Ventura-Los Angeles county line.

A motor caravan of 1500 cars filled with representatives of various organizations which have labored long and hard that this highway might be built left the Chamber of Commerce at Santa Monica at 9:30 o’clock this morning. The procession wended its way north to the canyon, where an arch was constructed on the highway. Gov. Young, after a short speech in which he related some of the handicaps overcome in construction of the road, gave the signal to the young lady representatives of Canada and Mexico, who applied lighted tapers to an explosive so placed that its explosion severed a barrier across the highway.

The caravan continued its journey over the new road to this link, which is this city in Ventura county. Here a celebration which lasted well into the next day began by the serving of one of those barbecues for which Ventura county is famous….

The finished highway provides one of the most picturesque sea-level boulevards in the country. It is bordered on one side by the Pacific Ocean and on the other by the mountain ranges of the Malibu and other great ranches. It is a section of the country long known as one of the scenic marvels of the Southland but has been denied to the public until dynamite and steam shovels hewed out a road ….

The road is these photos is now the Pacific Coast Highway.

scott.harrison@latimes.com

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