James Dean death location. September 30th, 1955, James Dean died in a terrible car crash on what is now Highway 46 (then numbered 466). The location of the actual crash site, the intersection of Highways 41 and 46 was dedicated the James Dean Memorial Highway in September 2005. The Cholame "post office" and Jack Ranch Cafe are located on the site.
September 30, 1955 – Film star James Dean dies in a road accident. Dean's enduring fame and popularity rests on his performances in only three films, all leading roles. His premature death cemented his legendary status.