August 28, 2010 (Rancho San Diego) -County Supervisor Dianne Jacob and state and local tourism industry leaders will celebrate the historical designation of Highway 94 iwith a ribbon cutting ceremony at Simpson’s Nursery in Jamul at 9 a.m. on Saturday, August 28. Over a dozen businesses from Jamul to Boulevard will offer discounts and giveaways to customers who attend. The event will also feature classic car displays and a reenactment of the famed Gaskill Brothers shootout.
Leaders hope the formal nod to the scenic roadway will boost business by attracting visitors to East County Highway 94 served as the main artery from San Diego to Yuma until 1918. Several historic events happened along Highway 94, including the establishment of Camp Lockett in 1941. Camp Lockett was a WWII Army training camp and the last home of the famed Buffalo Soldiers, mostly African American soldiers who patrolled the U.S.-Mexico Border on horseback. The Gaskill Brothers Shootout in Campo resulted rivals the famed O.K. Corral shootout, resulting in desperados hanged after attempting to rob a store owned by local sharpshooters.
Simpson’s Nursery is located at 13925 Highway 94 in Jamul.
Officials on hand will include County Supervisor Dianne Jacob, Assemblyman Joel Anderson
Joe Terzi, President and CEO, San Diego Convention & Visitors Bureau, and Larry Johnson, Historic Highway 94 steering committee chair.