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From the Archives: 1952 Opening of Malibu Canyon Road

From the Archives: 1952 Opening of Malibu Canyon Road

A story accompanying this image in the July 3, 1952, Los Angeles Times reported:

Nature’s barrier between the San Fernando Valley and the Pacific Ocean, the Santa Monica Mountains, was breeched anew yesterday as officials ceremonies marked the opening of a new highway from Brent’s Junction to Malibu.

Brent’s Junction is on Ventura Blvd., about five miles west of Topanga Canyon Blvd.

The two-lane, gently curving road cuts through a 535-foot solid-rock mountain to enable motorists to travel the 9.4 mile road safely in 18 minutes. The same trip previously took upward of an hour, according to officials.

Supervisors Roger W. Jessup and...

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