Sunday, January 15, 2012

Old US 80 Jacumba

These are cool links, not rail oriented, but old and historic.There is a wonderful section of old US 80 in Jacumba where time has literally stood still since its construction in 1933. Everything from the road surface to the bridge rails and white painted wooden guardrails has remained untouched and almost perfectly preserved. It is the only stretch of old US highway I know of where so much has been maintained in such perfect condition. This section is also remarkable because it also has the remnants of the original 16 foot wide road, left exactly as it was when it was replaced by the newer 1933 road. Additionally, this is where it crossed the San Diego and Arizona Eastern Railroad (SD&AE Ry), which also played an important role in the history of San Diego.

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Across Carrizo Gorge

The Carizzo Gorge Railway (NOTE: Mission Impossible Theme for The Impossible Railroad)