It was 1939 and U.S. 80 made the cover of California Highways and Public Works magazine, but not for a good reason. The twisting curve, that looks like it’s just west of today’s Golden Acorn Casino, was an example of just one of the roads that needed to be fixed.

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It was billed as a “Making Highways Fool Proof; Object Lesson from San Diego” back in December 1927. The 1927 California Highways and Public Works magazine report on the new bridge over the Santa Fe Railroad Tracks at the north end of Del Mar was heralded as great improvement for safety, as cars and trains would no longer tangle.

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Highway signs have changed as much as the roads over the last century, but it might be nice to put this one back. This classy sign showed drivers the way to La Jolla and San Diego when the Million Dollar Highway opened in late 1932.

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