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Dicey driving: One section of Highway 97 has always been challenging

Early automobiles travelling along Vaseux Lake, photographer and date unknown.
Image Credit: SUBMITTED / Penticton Museum and Archives 2684
January 23, 2020 - 7:30 AM

It’s a section of highway that has been the bane of motorists and highways engineers since the horse and buggy days.

These early photos of a stretch of Highway 97 at the rock bluff along the east shoreline of Vaseux Lake show the difficulties of travel along that portion of the highway goes back to pioneer times.

The highway winds between the lake and the rock bluff and has a sharp corner that has been the scene of many collisions, several of which have been fatal.

These days a large electronic sign monitors motorist’s speed and provides a cautionary notice is the latest in attempts at improving safety on this infamous stretch of highway.

Original blasting work on Highway 97 rock overhang alongside Vaseux Lake, photo taken by Stocks in 1937
Original blasting work on Highway 97 rock overhang alongside Vaseux Lake, photo taken by Stocks in 1937
Image Credit: SUBMITTED / Penticton Museum and Archives 17554

The rock overhang was a popular stop for a photograph while on Highway 97 even during the horse and buggy era. The photographer and date of the photo is unknown.
The rock overhang was a popular stop for a photograph while on Highway 97 even during the horse and buggy era. The photographer and date of the photo is unknown.
Image Credit: SUBMITTED / Penticton Museum and Archives 7745

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