Cholame in San Luis Obispo County, California — The American West (Pacific Coastal)
Tribute to a Young Man
James Dean Memorial
Aside from appearing in several Broadway plays, he starred in three motion pictures - East of Eden, Rebel Without a Cause, and Giant. Only "Eden" had been released before his death. Yet, before he was in his grave, James Dean was already a legend. Every day, somewhere in the world, at the cinema or on television, James Dean lives on. Cinema is no longer just celluloid.
Every day we find reminders that drama of James Dean is the theme that we live.
He was a youth yearning for one precious touch of warmth between parents and their offspring. He was an individual struggling in this huge land of infinite promise and many races. He was a rebel searching for that cause we must all possess. This young man, seemingly ordinary yet possessing a talent and individuality that were unique in their combination, has come to personify a generation awakened.
Many are those who feel strongly that James Dean should not be forgotten. There are some things, like the hatred that accompanies war that are best forgotten. There are others, like the nobler
James Dean is all the more with us today because his life was so fleeting. In Japan we say that his death came as suddenly as it does to cherry blossoms. The petals of early spring always fall at the height of their ephemeral brilliance. Death in youth is life that glows eternal.
Erected 1977 by Seita Onishi.
Location. 35° 43.418′ N, 120° 17.76′ W. Marker is in Cholame, California, in San Luis Obispo County. Marker is on State Highway 41/46 one mile south of State Route 41, on the right when traveling south. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 19215 CA-46, Shandon CA 93461, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 2 other markers are within 15 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Lee Tucker Pool (approx. 6.6 miles away); The San Andreas Fault (approx. 14.4 miles away).
Also see . . .
1. Wikipedia entry for Cholame, California. “The town is best known as the place where actor James Dean died on September 30, 1955. Dean died one mile (1.6 km) to the northeast, at the junction of State Highways 41 and 46, when college student Donald Turnupseed made a left (Submitted on September 27, 2014.)
2. James Dean’s Last Drive. This 2014 6½ minute video intersperses stills and current footage to document the drive that lead to his death. It concludes with a drag racing public service announcement starring James Dean.
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