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Arroyo Seco Parkway

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The Arroyo Seco Parkway was the first freeway in California and Los Angeles. Although it's not as wide and efficient as a modern freeway, it paved the way for the modern freeways that cris-cross the Los Angeles area. Running along the Arroyo Seco, a river valley, between Los Angeles and Pasadena, if passes through several communities including Highland Park, Heritage Square, a collection of Victorian Era buildings, and is a short distance from the Southwest Museum, the oldest museum in Los Angeles.

Most of the parkway opened in 1940 and in 1953 it was linked to the rest of the freeway system at the four level interchange. Changes and improvements resulted in the parkway becoming a freeway in 1954. Today the Pasadena Freeway, State Route 110, continues to speed drivers between Los Angeles and Pasadena.

Beside the Arroyo Seco Freeway, just to the right of image center, is Heritage Square.

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