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The "Older" Old Santa Cruz Highway | by JibberJaber
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The "Older" Old Santa Cruz Highway

LOS GATOS, CA -- The draining Lexington Reservoir once again reveals the underwater ruins of a lost community. While only concrete foundations remain (sadly, no buildings/structures), the "old" Santa Cruz highway is visible. It has suffered many underwater "slides" with erosion nipping at it's old pavement. Seen here, the road traverses northward along the banks of the "then" Los Gatos Creek and disappears into the depths of the James Lenihan Dam.


The Santa Clara Valley Water District (SCVWD) has been draining the reservoir for work on a new outlet for the dam. The dam construction was completed in 1950 and initially called the "Windy Point Dam". The SCVWD changed the name to the James Lenihan Dam in 1996. Cost for the outlet modifications is ranging between 35 and 40 million dollars.


Travel the Old Highway

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Taken on June 15, 2008