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March 31, 1958: Just as Pacific Coast Highway was about to be reopened after a landslide, a massive new slide covered a quarter of a mile of PCH. One worker was killed in the slide near Santa Monica Canyon. This photo was published on Page 1 of the April 1, 1958 Los Angeles Times.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Bob Potwin / Los Angeles Times

Feb. 17, 1941: Deputy Sheriff Ed McClue, right, stands beside rock that came crashing down from the hills above Roosevelt Highway near Malibu after a storm. Roosevelt Highway is now Pacific Coast Highway. This photo was published in the Feb. 18, 1941 Los Angeles Times.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Los Angeles Times

Feb. 15, 1941: A huge rock sits on Roosevelt Highway, now Pacific Coast Highway, near Los Flores Beach. This slide was one of about 40 landslides of mud and rocks that littered the highway between Santa Monica and the Ventura County Line during heavy rains. This photo was published in the Feb. 16, 1941 Los Angeles Times.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Pacific Press

Feb. 20, 1941: A telephone pole along Roosevelt Highway, now Pacific Coast Highway, in Malibu toppled after prolonged rains washed away its support. This photo was published in the Feb. 21, 1941 Los Angeles Times.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Los Angeles Times

Jan. 31, 1943: A view from atop Huntington Palisades bluff shows a landslide 250 yards north of Santa Monica Canyon blocking Roosevelt Highway, now Pacific Coast Highway. The slide crossed the 80-foot roadway, crashed through railing and knocked a ticket booth over embankment and onto the beach. This photo was published in the Feb. 2, 1943 Los Angeles Times.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Pacific Press

Feb. 1, 1943: Work crews clear Roosevelt Highway north of Santa Monica Canyon after landslide dumped an estimated 6,000 cubic feet of material onto the road. This photo was published in the Feb. 2, 1943 Los Angeles Times. The Roosevelt Highway is now the Pacific Coast Highway.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Pacific Press

March 20, 1944: Slide dumped 50,000 cubic feet of earth on Roosevelt Highway at Pacific Palisades. Area left of dotted line is the hillside that collapsed. This photo was published in the March 21, 1944 Los Angeles Times.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Pacific Press

June 12, 1944: Coast Guard crewman repairs telephone line while steam shovel removes debris from landslide covering Roosevelt Highway at Sycamore Point north of Malibu. This photo was published in the June 13, 1944 Los Angeles Times. Roosevelt Highway is now Pacific Coast Highway.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: John Malmin / Los Angeles Times

Aug. 29, 1944: Slide covering Roosevelt Highway in Malibu between Santa Monica Canyon and Will Rogers State Beach. This photo was published in the Aug. 30, 1944 Los Angeles Times. Roosevelt Highway is now Pacific Coast Highway.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Los Angeles Times

June 9, 1955: Bulldozer, indicated by arrow, clears Pacific Coast Highway about a mile north of Channel Road after rockslide buried the road. This photo was published in the June 10, 1955, Los Angeles Times.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Schuyler Hixson / Los Angeles Times

Feb. 4, 1956: Aerial view of slide blocking Pacific Coast Highway below Pacific Palisades. This photo was published in the Feb. 5, 1956 Los Angeles Times.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Schuyler Hixson / Los Angeles Times

July 1, 1958: A paint crew stripes the Pacific Coast Highway bypass slide area north of Santa Monica. It skirts the large slides that closed the highway in March 1958. This photo was published in the July 2, 1958 Los Angeles Times -- the day the road opened.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Bob Potwin / Los Angeles Times

October 1958: Work is 50% completed on permanent Pacific Coast Highway bypass of March 31, 1958 landslide between Santa Monica Canyon and Sunset Boulevard. Crane is building a groin that will extend seaward 260 feet to form new beach. This photo was published in the Oct. 26, 1958 Los Angeles Times.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Gil Cooper / Los Angeles Times

April 10, 1958: Aerial photo showing new slide of April 10, bottom of photo, and slide of March 31, 1958, top of photo. This photo was published in the April 11, 1958 Los Angeles Times.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Los Angeles Times

March 29, 1968: Cars travel along new half-mile bypass on Pacific Coast Highway, below the Pacific Palisades cliffs, which was opened the day before. The detour was built after tons of dirt from the cliffs thundered down on Feb. 24, partially burying two cars. The new roadway was built over the Will Rogers State Beach parking lot. This photo was published in the March 30, 1968 Los Angeles Times.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Geroge Fry / Los Angeles Times

March 19, 1986: Cal-Trans explosive experts blow up 15-ton rock that fell onto Pacific Coast Highway near Corral Canyon Road in Malibu. The rock fell during a February 1986 rainstorm. This photo was published in the March 20, 1986 Los Angeles Times.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Geroge Fry / Los Angeles Times

Feb. 7, 1994: Rescuers evacuate Kent and Debbie Knudsen from their flooded home on Pacific Coast Highway at Big Rock where a torrent of water roared down the canyon closing the highway.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Bob Carey / Los Angeles Times

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This is one never-ending Southern California story: A landslide closes Pacific Coast Highway.

Los Angeles Times staff writer Veronica Rocha reported this very familiar story on Dec. 15, 2014:

A portion of Pacific Coast Highway will be closed for three to four weeks after more than a dozen mud and rock slides from last week’s storm overwhelmed the roadway.

In some places, mud, trees and rocks as high as 4 feet covered the scenic route between Yerba Buena and Las Posas roads in Ventura County.

The cleanup and damage from one of the most powerful storms to hit California in several mostly dry years was so extensive it has forced officials to shut the famous highway for repairs, said Patrick Chandler, spokesman of the California Department of Transportation.

“It’s a lot of work that needs to be done,” he said. …

Digging through the Los Angeles Times Archives uncovered landslide images dating back to 1941. Back then Pacific Coast Highway was the Roosevelt Highway.

For more images, check out my previous post: Roosevelt Highway’s 1929 opening in Malibu.

 

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