Out on old U.S. 80 in eastern San Diego County are two signs that are not only ultra-cool, but one of the few examples of an architectural style called “National Park Rustic.”

The monuments mark the entry and exit from the Cleveland National Forest, about as close as we get to a National Park here in San Diego County. The western monument is just east of the Alpine Ranger Station and Forest Service District Office at 3348 Alpine Boulevard, while the one shown in this photo is west of the near-ghost town of Bankhead Springs on Old Highway 80.

Drivers pass this sign on my “Towering Old Highway chapter in Joyrides Around San Diego. Get your copy today.


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