Did you ever wonder about the road design on the final stretch of Highway 42 from Charlie’s Smokehouse in Gills Rock to the Washington ferry?  If you’re in a rush, you probably don’t appreciate it, if not, you probably stop to take pictures or enjoy the fun drive.

The Zig-Zag road is one of the most-photographed stretches on the peninsula.  Jens Jensen, a well known landscape artist and founder of The Clearing Folk School in Ellison Bay, actually played a role in designing the 1.5 mile stretch of the road.  His goal was to make people notice their surroundings as they headed north on Highway 42.  

I’m not sure if Jens Jensen design was to preserve trees or to slow down traffic.   No matter what, it does slow down traffic, preserved trees and provides tourists with a fun picturesque drive!


Posted by:  Jill

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