"Cholame~History visited, A loss of a Icon" Cholame by Yaqui

Cholame Travel Guide: 8 reviews and 36 photos

This bill board is at Blackwell's Corner on Highway 46.

Cholame is part of the San Luis Obispo County. It’s a wide open range of picturesque pasture land that accommodates cattle all along its rolling hills. Family homestead dot the landscape all along Highway 46. Cholame came into fame when James Dean died on September 30, 1955, when he crashed his Porsche 550 Spyder. Fans gather frequently at his memorial to pay tribute to an Hollywood icon.

Born James Bryon Dean Feb 8, 1931 became one of those most unforgetable Hollywood Icons that is synanomous with Humphrey Bolegart, Marilyn Monroe and Clark Cable. James Dean was known for his need for speed. His love of fast wheels evolved to purchasing his 1955 Porsche 550 Spyder, which unfortunately was the vechile he died in only after two weeks of purchase. Irony is, he was even given a ticket for speeding that same day while traveling along highway 99 by Mettler Station.

Blackwell's Corner market is the last stop he made to chat with a fellow race driver and buy a pack of cigarettes. Not soon while another car was turning onto the road at the fork of intersection of 41 and 46, this vehicle collides head on into James Deans car and send him into out of control and cartwheels, which envitably becomes his last ride. A memorial has been gracing the spot near his passing. Next to the memorial is a nice little restaurant. We took a drive to see the unique bill board that graces James Dean face at Blackwells Corner Market. If you continue on Highway 46 and as you pass the junction of Highway 46 and 41 you'll see a cafe on the right, be sure to stop there because this is where the memorial is located

We haven't been thru this way for quite some time. It is nice to see they have widen Highway 46 in some sections and are working on widening it more on other sections. So our drive was enjoyable, but then again we were traveling in March, so we did avoid the summer traffic. Blackwells Corner Market has change and is huge. With lots of neat things to see and eat...yum!

The old Blackwells Corner Market in the background from 2007.

Pros and Cons
  • Pros:If you like a Sunday or Saturday drive, this is up your alley!
  • Cons:Not much else to see other than pasture land and traffic
  • In a nutshell:Still worth to see if you enjoy Hollywood History
  • Last visit to Cholame: Mar 2015
  • Intro Updated Jun 13, 2015
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  • balhannah's Profile Photo
    Nov 12, 2013 at 2:13 AM

    Interesting page! I can imagine this being packed with females on the anniversary of his death.

    • Yaqui's Profile Photo
      Nov 12, 2013 at 9:23 PM

      Thank you Dee. It is not very well known amazingly! A very lovely memorial, but this stretch of the highway is still very dangerous. Yet, such beautiful wide open spaces.

  • MD2nd's Profile Photo
    Nov 1, 2009 at 9:06 AM

    ALWAYS enjoy your CA pages, Dee!! Lovely Dean dedication here, and what an amazing bill board!

  • jumpingnorman's Profile Photo
    Aug 19, 2009 at 4:58 PM

    Dean Martin is a legend...enjoyed reading about his story...Norman :)

  • Maria250's Profile Photo
    Jun 17, 2008 at 12:34 PM

    Great read about James Dean! And thank you for stopping by Eppstein. This place & its church means so much to me. Love ya! Maria

  • deecat's Profile Photo
    Aug 18, 2007 at 4:06 PM

    As a teenager, I was so impressed with James Dean in Rebel Without a Cause. I was so upset when he died. I would love to see this memorial. I thank you for documenting it. A real enjoyable read and look, Dee

  • Stephen-KarenConn's Profile Photo
    Jul 2, 2007 at 5:40 AM

    Interesting details about James Dean's premature death. Your tips are always so informative.

  • kyoub's Profile Photo
    May 10, 2007 at 6:30 AM

    A very informative page and a reminder to what speed can do.

  • ncfg's Profile Photo
    May 9, 2007 at 1:26 PM

    I love James Dean. Thanks for the info.


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