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Old 29 November 2011, 04:25 AM
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"In Corona, California there once was a road known by most locals as
the Never Ending Road. Specifically, the roadís true name was Lester Road.
Now, over twenty years later, the landscape of Corona has changed, and the
Never Ending Road is no more. However, years ago, Lester Road was an unlit
road that people claimed became a never ending road when driven at night.
The people who made such a drive were never seen or heard from again.

The legend became so well-known that people refused to even drive
Lester Road during the day. One night, like many teens my age, I drove up
Lester Road, but only a short distance, and in my headlights it did look
like it went on forever. Frightened, I quickly turned around, because if I
continued up the road, I thought I might never return again.

Perpetuation of the legend convinced local law enforcement to
investigate. Lester Road took a sharp left turn at its end, and there were
no guard rails. Beyond the curve lay a canyon, and on the other side of
the canyon was another road that lined up so well with Lester Road that
when viewed from the correct angle, especially at night, the canyon
vanished from sight, and the road seemed to continue on up and over the
hill on the other side of the canyon. Upon investigation of the canyon,
dozens of cars were found, fallen to their doom, with the decomposing
bodies of the victims still strapped to their seats."
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Old 29 November 2011, 05:20 AM
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So it was only because of the legend that the police investigated, not because of the dozen or so missing persons reports, or the crowd of vultures permanently camped out at the site...
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Old 29 November 2011, 06:55 AM
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I know they say "the landscape of Corona has changed", but you don't change a landscape that easily. At least the main features from the story should still be there.

In the area of Coprona, CA, there's only one place that you can call a "canon" - it's "El Cerrito", south-east of the town center. There arer no streets going to the canon from the direction of the town that you would call a "highway" - only small residential streets. More importantly, there are no streets at all on the other side of the canon - so there's nothing that could be mistaken as the highway leading on.

Unless I'm to belive that the authorities not just put up a guard rail and signs saying "sharp turn ahead", but spirited away two major roads and all traces of them, the story is not true.

Not that I didn't know that from the beginning, mind.
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Old 29 November 2011, 02:36 PM
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Driving at night with one's headlights on, almost any road will appear to go on forever, because you can only see several yards ahead of you in your headlights before the road seems to vanish in the darkness.

Also, I don't know of many law enforcement groups that would investigate something based solely on a local urban legend. Michael Cole said it better.
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Old 30 November 2011, 04:22 PM
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There was a highway called 666 out here and there were legends that you would be run off the road by flaming pickups or packs of mad dogs with glowing eyes if you drove on it. The hantavirus broke out in the area and people called radio stations saying this was a punishment from God for having an evil highway.

My dad and I got lost there. My dad was angry that he was supposed to be on 666 and now the sign said something like 941. I explained that the name was changed due to superstition and keep going, you'll eventually wind up somewhere. Since I'm still around I guess we did.
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Old 30 November 2011, 05:23 PM
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If you search Google Maps with the address "4150 Lester Avenue, Corona, CA" you see a straight road that deadends abruptly with a chainlink fence (zoom in and/or use Street View) but it doesn't appear that there's a tremendous dropoff nor any curves nearby.
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Old 30 November 2011, 05:33 PM
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This is almost too stupid to comment on. Surely people in the town have driven the road during the day and new about the canyon?
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Old 30 November 2011, 06:09 PM
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This is almost too stupid to comment on. Surely people in the town have driven the road during the day and new about the canyon?
No, because during the day, the canyon hides under the rocks and sand, so that it's invisible.

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Old 30 November 2011, 06:25 PM
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I know they say "the landscape of Corona has changed", but you don't change a landscape that easily. At least the main features from the story should still be there.
I found a 1948 map of that area. Zooming in as far as I can on Corona and vicinity, I can't see any street named "Lester" nor any road (or combination of roads and canyon) that would appear to match the description in the legend. I would guess that if the legend were true, the street would have been there in the 1940-60 era, if by now all trace of it is gone...
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Old 30 November 2011, 06:41 PM
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If this happened in the 1940-60 era, people wouldn't have been found "strapped" in their cars.
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Old 30 November 2011, 06:48 PM
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Good point. I was working back from the "completely changed landscape" but hadn't considered the seatbelt issue. Unfortunately I can't find any more recent "historical" maps online. I think I have a 1970's era map of Riverside and vicinity at home (we once drove to visit relatives who were living there); I'll look for it tonight.

(Note: we had seat belts in every car my family owned since 1961.)
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Old 30 November 2011, 07:08 PM
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We had seatbelts, but didn't use them until it was made mandatory in the late 80's. I knew very few people who used seatbelts regularly before then. Seatbelts just seem out of place in this story.
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Old 30 November 2011, 07:15 PM
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I agree; just thought I'd mention they weren't entirely unknown in earlier eras.

http://www.city-data.com/accidents/a...alifornia.html

This site lists fatality accidents in Corona back to 1975. Locations aren't mentioned for every accident, but only one mentions a "Lester" and it doesn't seem to fit the legend since there was a survivor.

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Feb 10, 1987 02:25 AM, Lester Ave, Vehicles: 1, Persons: 2, Fatalities: 1, Drunken drivers: 1
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Old 01 December 2011, 02:26 AM
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  1. I found the map.
  2. It's by Automobile Club of Southern California -- "Riverside County and City of Riverside"
  3. Copyright 1981
  4. Not enough detail on the Corona area to be much help.

Nuts.
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Old 03 December 2011, 05:59 PM
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Well, I heard that when the cars were later found in the canyon, there were small hand prints on the backs of all them - as if they had been pushed!
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Old 03 December 2011, 06:40 PM
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Seat belts existed, but weren't standard or in common use in 1950's cars. They didn't become standard equipment until the 1960's, and were often not actually used even then.

I just checked my memory on this, and it seems to be accurate:

http://www.driverstechnology.co.uk/seatbelts.htm
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Old 03 December 2011, 08:37 PM
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My dad was a (not very good) car-tinkerer, and installed seat belts (and later, cruise control) in every car that he owned, starting in the early '60's - I know he'd put them in the car in which we drove from Seattle to Philadelphia when we moved there in Spring of 1963.

But of course, the "strapped in" bit of the legend may be an embellishment. Perhaps earlier versions had the victims crushed inside or stuck through the windshield.
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Old 03 December 2011, 11:23 PM
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So it was only because of the legend that the police investigated, not because of the dozen or so missing persons reports, or the crowd of vultures permanently camped out at the site...
And of course, everybody knows that when a car goes off a cliff, it explodes in a fireball that would rival a nuclear blast.
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Well, I heard that when the cars were later found in the canyon, there were small hand prints on the backs of all them - as if they had been pushed!
And one of the cars was found embedded in the canyon wall about 100 feet above the roadway.
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There was a highway called 666 out here
There is one near where my parents live too and amusingly the first building (at one end at least) on it is a church.

A few years back when I was visiting them there was a major power outage and one of the few buildings with power that we saw driving home was that church.

Coincidence? I think not!
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