Barrett Junction Cafe & Mercantile

Jamul, A History Summary

The San Diego Back Country has a rich history including but not limited to the days of the Wild West, when settlers were journeying here from the East Coast to find their riches.

Along the border towns share in the history of the Buffalo Soldiers, the fight over territory, banditos, and gunslingers. To the East of Barrett Junction lies the territory for a military base you can learn more about at the Gaskill Brothers Stone Store Museum, second floor.

In searching for history to share on this blog I cam across a pamphlet shared with our owner, Leon, produced by the Boy Scouts of Troop 333. “Jamul a Summary of Jamul’s History 1800 – 1997.”

Map of Jamul

Translation of: Jamul/hɑːˈmuːl/ (Tipai Kumeyaay: meaning “foam or lather.” The book published about Jamul history states it means “slimy water,” an Indian word, but not which tribe. The back country of San Diego is primarily of the Kumeyaay tribe and a mix of Mexican origins as is Southern California in general.

Rancho Jamul was established in 1829 and per the pamphlet was established in an 8,296 acre parcel grant, gifted “to the last Mexican governor of California, Pio Pico in 1829.”

There is a rich history of raids between the Yuma tribe and the then settlers of Rancho Jamul. The Southern border saw many such raids, skirmishes and disputes.

The ranch was eventually purchased and converted by George Daley and his nephew into a farm and ranch. The strip of Highway 94 within the Rancho Jamul area is fondly termed the Daley stretch.

Homesteaders, miners, ranchers, and other settlers came here from the East to make their mark on this land. Seeking fortunes and establishing a new life. Stories tell of stage coaches traveling the Highway 94/Campo Rd path from the East.

Many families have moved on since those days, few remain to tell the stories. The Cafe has a couple of the books written and published in regards to the history of this part of the San Diego Back Country available for Sale. Others you can find at the Gaskill Brothers Stone Store in Campo.

Photos of the Children of Barrett

The large Dining hall is rich with the photos of those who lived in the back country along the Campo Road path. Dulzura into Barrett, families have made their part of history. A few of the old structures still stand.

Begin your history tour in Jamul, move through Dulzura past the Bamboo Inn and stop in at the Barrett Junction Cafe for a meal before continuing into Potrero and Campo.

Highway 94 will take into Old Highway 8 just as you get to Jacumba where the Hot Springs still sits, maybe stay over night at the hotel. Before journeying on to I-8 and back to town.

We look forward to sharing your history with you. Stop in and enjoy the food, share in the history.

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