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Dead Man's Curve

Just short of a mile north of Fort Tejon was the most dangerous curve on the old Ridge Route.

Downhill trucks and autos would mis-judge their speed or loose their brakes, cross the double line and crash head-on with uphill traffic. The impact would generally take both vehicles to the canyon below.

The twisted wreckage below was referred to as "The Junk Yard."

The Grapevine grade has been referred to as "Blood Alley," "Death Alley" and "The Grave Yard."