A sequel to the author’s article in the preceding issue on the origins, purpose, and planners of Los Angeles’s scenic Mulholland Drive, this article traces the phenomenal accomplishment of the 24-mile mountain road’s construction in one year and under budget. It details the supervision and problem-solving by construction engineer DeWitt L. Reaburn, the bureaucratic streamlining, the use of the latest 1920s road-building technology, and the efficient manpower logistics that made this possible.
Building Mulholland Highway: The Road to Mulholland Drive: Part II. Construction
Barry Read is the author of “Building Mulholland Highway: The Road to Mulholland Drive. Part I: The Campaign,” which appeared in the Southern California Quarterly 99:1 (Spring 2017), to which the current issue’s article is a sequel. He holds a doctorate in ecology from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and a law degree from the University of Texas School of Law. His legal career was focused on environmental law. From 1997 to 2004, he was the executive director of Mulholland Tomorrow, a nonprofit group advocating for the preservation of the Mulholland Scenic Parkway. He currently resides in Texas.
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Barry Read; Building Mulholland Highway: The Road to Mulholland Drive: Part II. Construction. Southern California Quarterly 1 May 2017; 99 (2): 184–226. doi: https://doi.org/10.1525/scq.2017.99.2.184
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