By: Jessyka Heredia
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October 24, 2023 (El Cajon) -- Most, if not all of us have travelled down Interstate 8 countless times, but you have likely passed up a lot of history that dates back more than 100 years while getting to your destination. The Old Spanish Trail Centennial Celebration Association (OTS100) is in town celebrating 100 years of the trail’s history with a series of events the community can attend free in early November including a museum reception, history lectures, and drives through our backcountry.
This week, the OTS100 held a conference at the Olaf Wieghorst Museum in El Cajon with several guest speakers to kick off the exciting series. Jack Doherty (pictured on the right), business manager for the Olaf Wieghorst Museum and former Lemon Grove councilman, opened the panel and gave a brief explanation of the history of how Old Highway 80 started, with portions becoming what we now know as Interstate 8.
Doherty stated that back in 1923 “San Diego was named the terminus of the transcontinental highway that ran between Florida down to San Diego. That highway eventually was funded by the federal government and by the 1950s became the most travelled transcontinental highway in the United States.”