James Dean Memorial


The James Dean Memorial is an interesting stopover for any van or RV lifer searching for a little history. On September 30th, 1955, James Dean died in a terrible car crash on Highway 46 (then numbered 466). The memorial is located a short distance away from the crash site is a sculpture made of concrete and stainless steel surrounding a tree outside the Cholame “post office” and Jack Ranch Cafe. 


The James Dean memorial was made by Seita Ohnishi in Japan in 1977 and dedicated in September 2005. The memorial has several plaques, and visitors have sprinkled several coins upon it. The Jack Ranch Cafe is located at the memorial and has pictures of Dean hanging all over the restaurant’s walls.  

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Buena Vista Aquatic Recreational Area

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