1913 - 1991Sam Helwer, the son of German-Russian immigrants, began his life on a small dairy farm in Russell, Kansas. In 1936 he began his career with the California Division of Highways as an Engineering Aide. By the 1940's he was Project Engineer for the world's first four-level freeway interchange in Los Angeles; and became nationally recognized as State expert on freeway interchange design. Although eventually promoted to Deputy State Highway Engineer, Sam Helwer is best remembered for his leadership role as District Engineer in Eureka when the North Coast was ravaged by a record 1000-year flood, Christmas week of 1964. His dedication, compassion, and resourcefulness, contributed significantly to the reduction of loss of life and suffering. This portion of the Redwood-Highway is designated the "Sam Helwer Memorial Freeway".
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|Series||This marker is part of the More Than Words series|
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|Date Added||Tuesday, September 16th, 2014 at 9:13am PDT -07:00|
|UTM (WGS84 Datum)||10T E 411820 N 4477870|
|Decimal Degrees||40.44681667, -124.03983333|
|Degrees and Decimal Minutes||N 40° 26.809', W 124° 2.39'|
|Degrees, Minutes and Seconds||40° 26' 48.54" N, 124° 2' 23.40" W|
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|Closest Postal Address||At or near 801-843 US-101, Scotia CA 95565, US|
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