A Centuary Though Devil’s Slide

From Railroad to Interstate Highway to Coastal Hiking Trail…   After 28 years of service for the Pacifica Fire Department, Cal Hinton had responded to over fifty incidents at Devils Slide. A majority of the calls were for cars off the roadway or climbers in jeopardy. Hinton responded to a call in 1955 where a couple had perished, a San Francisco Firefighter and his family. The memory stuck with Hal, and he was able to share it years later with the San Mateo Historical Association. The Devil’s Slide area of Highway 1 was a short part of a narrow passage connecting Pacifica to Montara. It had been a hazard since the beginning. The Association cites a San Francisco Newspaper article in 1912, which described the strip of road “As treacherous a piece of road as can be found. Death stalks in front and lurks behind in every foot of the […]

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