Born James Bryon Dean Feb 8, 1931 became one of those most unforgetable Hollywood Icons that is synanomous with Humphrey Bolegart, Marilyn Monroe and Clark Cable. James Dean was known for his need for speed. His love of fast wheels evolved to purchasing his 1955 Porsche 550 Spyder, which unfortunately was the vechile he died in only after two weeks of purchase. Irony is, he was even given a ticket for speeding that same day while traveling along Hwy 99 near Mettler Station. Blackwell's Corner market is the last stop he made to chat with a fellow race driver and buy a pack of cigarettes. Not soon while another car was turning onto the road at the fork of intersection of 41 and 46, this vehicle collides head on into James Deans car and send him into out of control and cartwheels, which envitably becomes his last ride on September 30, 1955. A memorial has been erected to honor the fallen rebel. Next to the memorial is a nice little restaurant Jacks Ranch Cafe. We took a drive to see the unique bill board that graces James Dean face at Blackwells Corner Market. If you continue on Highway 46 and as you pass the junction of Highway 46 and 41 you'll see Jacks Ranch Cafe on the right, be sure to stop there because this is where the memorial is located. Please checkout the link to find out more information
Originally a local roadside country store established in 1923. It now serves the public as a simple countryside cafe with James Dean photographs that grace the walls. Although the decor is simple, it serves good food. The waitress is very friendly and delightful to chat with. The cafe came into semi-fame due to the death of James Dean who crashed his sports car not far from this location at the local highway junction of Highway 46 & 41. A memorial was erected near a tree right next to the cafe'. In the bar area, the sell pictures of famed fallen rebel James Dean also.
Favorite Dish: I had a simple baked potatoe, which was very good. My hubby had a baked potato with a bowl of chili. It was satisfying.
This is only still a two lane highway that oversees a lot of traffic coming from and to the wine country because it intersects Interstate 5. The California Highway Patrol cruise this highway frequently so you better watch you speeds. Yet, the worst danger is impatient drivers who think it is necessary to pass everyone in sight. Along certain sections they do have passing lanes, but be careful during this merges. Lots of commercial trucks use this highway also. I was told by a local the weekends and holidays are the worst so gauge your travel time during off peak days if you can. Just take your time and be safe please!!!!
Favorite thing: What is nice about the Highways of California you can usually find rest stops along the way. Highway 46 has one just about 4 miles down the road from the memorial site and cafe. The cafe likes to reserve its restrooms for customers only and does state this on the entrance door. Yet, rest assure its just down the road. They are clean and maintained accordingly.