The large boulder on the Orange County's 241 toll road route is a fraud!
Toll roads aren't meant to be scenic but drivers enjoy marveling at the unique boulder that sits above the 241. Little do they know, it's man-made.
The rock did exist at point but heavy El Nino rains sent it into the canyon below. Drivers looked for it and it even had a name, Bennett Rock, so the toll road's chief engineer, Jerry Bennett, decided to rebuild it.
"We have a huge amount of people who look at that and know this is the pinnacle rock area," said Paul Bopp works for the Transportation Corridor Agencies. "You can see it especially if you're going north or south on the road."
Bennett rock has been hollow and man-made since 1998.
"It took three men three weeks," he said. "They brought the material up here, the rebar, the concrete, the mesh and built it."
Luckily, no one seems to be complaining about the fraudulent rock.
"For the last 20 years, I don't think we've had anyone call in to the toll road and say that's a fake rock up there," Bopp said. "It really looks like an original rock."