The Norwegian Grade is a two-mile stretch of Moorpark Road in Thousand Oaks, California, United States, carved out of a steep hillside by members of the Norwegian Colony and their hired help between 1900 and 1911. For construction, they used picks, shovels, crowbars, farm equipment, and $60 worth of dynamite given by the county of Ventura.At its 100th anniversary, the grade was serving over 6000 cars every day.

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  • The Norwegian Grade is a two-mile stretch of Moorpark Road in Thousand Oaks, California, United States, carved out of a steep hillside by members of the Norwegian Colony and their hired help between 1900 and 1911. For construction, they used picks, shovels, crowbars, farm equipment, and $60 worth of dynamite given by the county of Ventura.At its 100th anniversary, the grade was serving over 6000 cars every day. Nils Olsen, George Hanson, Ole Nelson, Lars Pederson, and Ole Anderson purchased 650 acres (260 ha) in 1890 along the northern boundary of Rancho El Conejo. These settlers, known as the Norwegian Colony, needed a safe way to move bales of hay and sacks of wheat and barley to the Oxnard Plain and the Hueneme Wharf. The new route down the grade would allow a gradual descent with no hairpin turns down into the Santa Rosa Valley and would be safer than existing routes to the Oxnard Plain and Moorpark. Nearby California Lutheran University is located at the site of the Norwegian Colony. The campus was donated by the Pederson family, who were among many Scandinavian immigrants populating the hills of northern section of the Conejo Valley. The historic Joel McCrea Ranch is at the bottom of the grade at the head of the Santa Rosa Valley. (en)
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  • The Norwegian Grade is a two-mile stretch of Moorpark Road in Thousand Oaks, California, United States, carved out of a steep hillside by members of the Norwegian Colony and their hired help between 1900 and 1911. For construction, they used picks, shovels, crowbars, farm equipment, and $60 worth of dynamite given by the county of Ventura.At its 100th anniversary, the grade was serving over 6000 cars every day. (en)
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