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.

Imagine all the traffic running from San Diego to the Imperial Valley and Arizona on this road. Today, it’s Interstate 8; in 1939, it was this road.

The good news is that the road was improved; the better news is that this road still looks like it did after improvements in the 1940s and 50s. You can drive it today and enjoy it, not worrying (too much) about having a lot of traffic.

And it’s in my book, Joyrides Around San Diego and the Kindle book, Towering Old Highway.

Thanks as always to for preserving this fantastic document.


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