I have written about this place before. But it had been little more than a couple years since I last visited this tiny spot. This morning, my grandson, Baron and I, had moments to kill while contemplating a small adventure. Because my car was headed west on the freeway 80, it seemed natural to introduce Baron to this place which acts as testament to what the town of Davis is all about.
Known nationally for their Birkenstocks and bicycle riding ways, the citizens also have a penchant for protecting the environment. However, it was during the 1990s, that “famous” Toad Tunnel construction under a new six-lane highway made headline news in the greater Sacramento region, if not nationally, putting Davis on the map.
“Toad Hollow” occupies a spot where a local amphibian population faced mortal danger while crossing a new six-lane highway after being cut off from their migratory path and ancestral wetlands. The habits of the local toads were well known by a number of Davis folks, and apprehension grew for the safety of the warty neighbors. After civic hoopla, remedy was sought for their protection.
$14,000 was eventually spent in 1995, to construct access tunnels beneath the highway, allowing the toads to travel northbound and southbound unharmed to and from the wetlands. Although visiting the site of Toad Hollow won’t rank near the top of anyone’s Bucket List, if you’re in the area, it’s worth seeking it out.
In the pictures below, you can see the little Toad Hollow village. To the right of the picture frame, you can see the tunnel, measuring about 12 inches in width, which begins its journey beneath the 6 lanes of highway.
I understand there was a live cam on the site at one time, but no toads were ever seen entering into or emerging from the tunnel.
Toad Hollow is located immediately adjacent the Davis Post Office. The following links provide a little more history, and some direction on getting there!
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