To some of us, this is the Rainbow Tunnel just a few miles north of the world-famous landmark called Golden Gate Bridge. This tunnel on US 101 is actually called the Waldo Tunnel, supposedly named after a politician of the 1850s.
Now, this tunnel in Marin County may have a change of name and if it does, methinks it will end up on the tourist map.
Last heard, a good number of Californians were working on a petition to rename this tunnel in honour of Hollywood actor and comedian Robin Williams, who recently made his final ‘exit.’
I had often wondered why this tunnel on 101 had a rainbow-coloured entrance. I finally did some research and found that a Caltrans* senior official ordered it to be painted this way because it reminded him of a rainbow. That is said to have been in 1970.
These pictures are from 2012, from our drive to Stinson Beach, a few miles northwest of this tunnel.
|Inside the Waldo Tunnel|
*California Department of Transportation
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