August 7: This Date in Los Angeles Transportation History

1912:¬† The first shovel of earth on Contract Number One under the first State highway bond measure is moved by the new State Highway Commission’s¬†Chairman Towne in San Mateo County between South San Francisco and Burlingame on the coast highway leading from San Francisco to Los Angeles.

The January, 1932 issue of California Highways & Public Works takes an in-depth look back at that event and the first twenty years of state highway planning and construction.