This Rare Footage From 1915 Shows What Driving Along Route 50 In Northern California Was Like Back Then

There’s no denying that Northern California looks a lot different than it did, say, 100 years ago. It’s hard to even imagine what the places we all know and love may have even looked like before our time. That’s exactly why this footage from the early 1900s is so compelling to watch. This rare video footage traces U.S. Route 50 eastward across the state, ending on a fantastic view of Lake Tahoe! The quality in the stills below aren’t all that great (it was filmed a century ago, after all), so we encourage you to view the full video at the end of the article for the entire picture.

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So cool to see those familiar sights as they looked in the early 1900s! What about this old footage stuck out to you most. Share with us below!