The Plank Road of Imperial County, California

The Plank Road of Imperial Valley, California
The Plank Road of Imperial Valley, California  

Last week we went to Yuma Arizona to visit my parents who “winter” in the warmer climate.  Before our trip I goggled the area and things to do.  I had read about the Imperial Sand Dunes, and the historic Plank Road.  In 1915 the first planks of a one lane road were laid down so that automobiles could be driven across the burning desert of the Imperia County.  maintenance was a problem, and by 1926 ans asphalt concrete highway had been built to replace old plank road.

There is little left of the old road, Bill and I visited the area one morning at sunrise, my favorite time of day! the metal is twisted, torn and rusted, planks are missing, having been used by campers for firewood, torn up to make room for the canal.  What little is left is almost 100 years old, and is slowly being taken over by the same and the plants.   It is a beautiful place to see the sunrise.

 

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