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.
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, on the left when traveling south. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Shandon CA 93461, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 1 other marker is within 7 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Lee Tucker Pool (approx. 6.6 miles away).
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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 turn without seeing Dean's Porsche 550 Spyder approaching in the oncoming lane. On September 30, 2005, the State of California officially commemorated the 50th anniversary of Dean's death by naming State Highways 41 and 46 as the James Dean Memorial Junction. A few hundred individuals, including State officials, a Dean family member, several Dean archivists, and loyal fans gathered in at the junction and at Cholame to pay tribute to Dean. Cholame has a restaurant and a memorial to James Dean erected in 1977 by a retired Japanese businessman from Kobe, Seita Ohnishi. The monument is made of stainless steel and surrounds a tree of heaven, a Chinese sumac.” (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
Additional keywords. 550 Spyder "The Little Bastard"
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Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on September 5, 2012, by Konrad R Summers of Santa Clarita, California. This page has been viewed 490 times since then and 44 times this year. Last updated on November 25, 2012, by Arrow of Brentwood, California. This page was the Marker of the Week September 28, 2014. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on September 5, 2012, by Konrad R Summers of Santa Clarita, California. • Syd Whittle was the editor who published this page.
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