There is a long and interesting conversation from several yrs ago in the comments on my picture: http://www.panoramio.com/photo/16091155 covering the histories of the Crow, Lakota and whites.
According to the guy my father bought this car from in the Mission District, his brother had bought the car new and driven it straight to a customizing shop. The hood and trunk lid were shaved; the headlights were hooded; and it was given a bright red paint job. The flashy Oldsmobile hubcaps were the fashion of the time.
I showed pictures of this car to Ed Jensen of Yesteryear's Auto Restoration in East L.A. and he said, WOW, an early original custom car!
Wonderful car, amazing scenery! Like it
Yes, I already wondered that nobody complained yet the wrong position of your pic.
Interesting link, thanks!
And I also found other pictures on the "real" location.
Thanks Poly: This 1961 picture is the way it looked when I was driving it in high school.
Here is the way it looked in Santa Monica in 1978 when I'd done a partial restoration: http://www.panoramio.com/photo/19773027
Thanks Poly: The old cars in Cuba are a great attraction for Americans.
One of the first things I noticed abt this picture when I scanned it a few years ago was that my father parked the Chevy going the wrong way - which would have gotten him a ticket in California.
A mile or so north in the next deep canyon are some better looking trees in the Owings Memorial Grove.
Transcription of the inscription: Before you to the westward lies the historic Whitebird Battleground of the Nez Perce Indian War in which thirty-five men gave up their lives in service for their country. June 17, 1877.
Beneath this shaft lies one of those brave men laid to rest where he fell.