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Old highway 80

All photographs taken by Kenneth A. Larson. All rights reserved. © 2006 - 2017.


We exited the new Interstate Highway 8 at Sunrise Highway and turned south onto Old highway 80 going east. After about four miles, the ruins of Amos Buckman's house were visible on the left and a few hundred feet later, the ruins of his water bottling plant on the right. Amos' springs dried up after agriculture in the area increased pumping from deep aquifers.


About ten miles further was a sign at Buckman Road pointing to San Diego Railroad Museum, but that is about 12 miles south in Campo, so we will save that for another day. Old highway 80 is lined with once prosperous towns, prosperous by servicing travelers on the now almost empty highway. We drove through the town of Boulevard and Bankhead Springs until we reached Jacumba. Old Highway 8 continues a few more miles until it rejoins Interstate 8 at the Imperial County line. About two miles west of Jacumba, the Mexican border is easily observed a few hundred feet south at the base of a hill side.


Jacumba has several ruins of once proud buildings and a railroad depot and a collection of derelict railroad rolling stock. America's old highways are lined with these once prosperous towns that are now forgotten and a shadow of their former selves.

East of Jacumba, the old highway continues into Imperial County.

Amos Buckman Home and Water Bottling Plant

Ruins of Amos Buckman House Ruins of Amos Buckman House
Amos Buckman home. Photo date: 5-13-06.
Ruins of Amos Buckman House Ruins of Amos Buckman House
Amos Buckman home. Photo date: 5-13-06.
Ruins of Amos Buckman House Ruins of Amos Buckman House
Amos Buckman home. Photo date: 5-13-06.
Ruins of Amos Buckman House
Amos Buckman home. Photo date: 5-13-06.
Ruins of Amos Buckman Bottling Plant
Amos Buckman Water Bottling Plant. Photo date: 5-13-06.
Ruins of Amos Buckman Bottling Plant Ruins of Amos Buckman Bottling Plant
Amos Buckman Water Bottling Plant. Photo date: 5-13-06.


Sign regarding snow chains. It must snow here a few miles from the Mexican border. Photo date: 5-13-06.
US - Mexico border. Photo date: 5-13-06.

US - Mexico border. Photo date: 5-13-06.
See also Border Field State Park for another view of the US-Mexico border.

This is where trailers and campers go to die. Photo date: 5-13-06.

Windmill and water tank. Photo date: 5-13-06.

Windmill and water tank. Photo date: 5-13-06.

A small wind farm stretches along the new Interstate 8. Photo date: 5-13-06.

A small wind farm stretches along the new Interstate 8. Photo date: 5-13-06.
This wind farm is small compared to three other sites in California, near Palm Springs, near Tahatchapi, and the Altamont Pass.

The Town of Jacumba

Jacumba is a once prosperous little town on a disused highway.
Jacumba Main Street
Main Street. Photo date: 5-13-06.
Jacumba Depot
Jacumba Depot. Photo date: 5-13-06.

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