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james dean memorial

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Across the street from the post office in the city of Cholame, CA, there is a memorial in tribute to the late actor, James Dean. Constructed in 1977 in Japan, the structure is a concrete and steel memorial around a ailanthus tree.

The original Highway 41 and 46 junction where the accident occurred is now a pasture, and the two roadways were realigned to make the intersection safer. The accident site is about 900 yards east of the memorial.

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james dean’s grave

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James Dean is buried in Park Cemetery outside of Fairmont, IN. Dean was twenty-four when he was killed in a car accident outside of Cholame, CA.

After his mother died of cancer at the age of nine, his father sent Dean to live with his aunt, Ortense, and her husband, Marcus Winslow. After graduating from Fairmount High School on May 16, 1949, Dean moved to California to live with his father.

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james dean car accident

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On September 30, 1955, James Dean and his mechanic, Rolf Wütherich, were driving in Dean's Porsche 550 Spyder when they were involved in a head-on collision with a Ford pick-up at the intersections of Highway 41 and 46 outside of Shandon, CA. Wütherich survived the crash with a broken jaw, but Dean was pronounced DOA at the Paso Robles War Memorial Hospital at 5:59 pm. His last words were reportedly: "That guy's gotta stop... He'll see us."

In the 2001-2002 California Senate session, a Californian state senator initiated legislation that proclaimed the junction of Highways 41 and 46 as "James Dean Memorial Junction."

Apparently, the San Andreas fault is near this location as well.

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