My apologies to people on dialup: this one is a big entry because it was
just too good to not photograph the heck out of.
We start at Seaport Village, near what was US 80's terminus after World War II
but before the construction of the modern US 80 freeway in the 1950s (most of
which is now Interstate 8 -- see 08/03/06 for
the beginning of our I-8 return trip). Originally, US 80 terminated at the
corner of 12th St and Market (likely with US 395),
and after the construction of the Camino Del Rio
freeway it terminated at the US 101 freeway, or what is now
Interstate 5. This terminus here, which was also
shared with US 395, is roughly at where Pacific Highway meets Harbor Drive
today (although it has been subsequently reconfigured), but was originally
Market and US 101. I need to update the
US 395 entry on this, btw, which I'll do with the next clot of changes.
This year is especially important as US 80 is eighty years old, formed as
America's first all-weather
transcontinental highway, and an original 1926 US highway.
The caravan is starting to form. We had some great cars in this group; you'll
see a number of them.
Setting up for KUSI's live remote. In addition to our event organizer Jeanette
Perez from the San Diego East Visitors Bureau
on the left, we also have Dave Scott, KUSI's weatherman, who was Grand
"Good morning, San Diego!"
After the initial musical interlude (with a singing triplet that we in the
surrounding audience overwhelmed with our ill-timed cheer on live TV ... oops),
we set up for the first of several ribbon cuttings. Here's our gang: Casey
("cutting up"), yours truly, Andy, Russ and Mike.
We had quite a crowd for the initial one. Here's one of the commemorative
signs (this one was used at all of the cuttings for the San Diego East Visitors
Chuck Hansen, the MC at the cuttings (also from the Bureau),
with Assemblyman Jay LaSuer (R-77th),
one of the primary forces for designating the historic route. Mr. LaSuer
presented a proclamation ...
... then snipped the ribbon ...
... as Dave Scott and a representative from the Auto Club presented the
plaque that will grace the small monument to US 80 here.
Yours truly mugging with Mr. Scott.
The San Diego Police came by on this trip with period cars and period
uniforms. They call these their "sauna uniforms" for the effect on the body
in these thick coats :)
Hugh Hall, one of San Diego's major highway architects and champions, telling
us about Governor Reagan opening the Coronado Bay Bridge in 1969. Mr. Hall was
a primary leader in the formation of the city's highway network and, along
with US 80, is 80 years old -- he, too, was born in 1926.
At the San Diego Auto Museum, the Market/Pacific terminus street signs are
preserved (both US 80 and US 395, as I mentioned above).
The opening of the Mountain Springs road into the Jacumba Mountains -- we
saw this in the very last entry
of the Summer of 6 trip heading home, except
this is 1913 and US 80 didn't even exist yet. (Courtesy SD Historical Soc'ty)
Part of the old Plank Road -- this is original wood. (We visited the Plank
Art Madrid, mayor of La Mesa, cutting the ribbon at the Auto Museum.
El Cajon Blvd, the major alignment of US 80 in San Diego. We reach it from,
in large terms, Market to Park (the actual turns are altered due to
The Lafayette Hotel, one of North Park's famous buildings considerably
Mr Hall's wife gets the honours here.
A lonely Interstate 8 business shield on El Cajon Blvd. There's still a few
of these left, but not many, and all of them are in bad shape. This is probably
the best of the bunch.
The San Diego Collection, an intriguing auto museum
just west of La Mesa. We will ignore the US 66
shields on the door for the time being.
Yummy! Each of these stops had a little snack like this, although this was
certainly the most ornate.
Some of the classic cars in the Collection.
"Ironman" Ivan Stewart, the legendary off-road racer and a heck of a nice
guy, very funny and approachable. I spent a lot of money
on his game machines too. The one in the Warren Lounge at UCSD got a lot
of quarters out of me.