Barrett Junction Cafe & Mercantile

More Stories for the SR-94 Way of Life

Pioneering in Dulzura, stories from those who lived hereThe above pic is the cover of the Dulzura history with stories from those who lived it.

I am not sure how many copies exist today.  A friend loaned me this copy.  I checked, the San Diego County Library has a copy on file.

Published in 1963 and in the US, this is a great way to become acquanted with the early life of those who settled in the Dulzura area.

Ms. Schmid pulled together recollections, relying on those who lived during the late 1800s to the early 1900s.  Telephones, butter paddles, nothing is the same as it once was.

Today we live in a hurry up and wait, multitasking time.  Business is conducted electronically, cash and carry still available, but many rely on plastic and electronic means of paying for goods and services.  Almost an instant gratification.

Even the food we eat is pre-prepared at “fast food” restaurants.  It is hard to know what we are truly eating.  Ingredients are foriegn and yet familiar.

Here at the Barrett Junction Cafe the recipes are nearly the same as when the Cafe first opened.  A few changes have occured, for instance, rice pilaf is not the same.  Many have commented that they remember it being wheat, it was not.  It actually came in a can, that company has long since gone out of business.

The fish has changed, now it is pre-packaged, caught in Alaska and shipped to San Diego.  Cod and Pollock both originate as wild caught, not farmed.

The salad dressings, sauces, beans, and barbecue are all made on site.  Some foods are pre-prepared, but done so at the Cafe.  Our cooks do their best to ensure the highest quality of food served fresh and hot.

We enjoy sharing the history of the lives of those who have lived and continue to live in the Back Country along SR-94.  The highway has seen many lives pass from this world, and many more delivered to their homes and work.

Some of the ranches still remain, horses and grape vineyards, while many more are new and seeking to thrive.

The stories about life in the back country continue to be shared by those who remain and those who wish to take the time to listen.  Story telling is an age old tradition shared in many cultures and not soon to be omitted.

When you read the pages of Ms Schmid’s book you are able to gain an insight into the early life of settlers to the back country.  Cattle ranches, cowboys, keeping a home and travel, communication, and a lifestyle that is little shared today.

The modern conveniences such as microwave ovens, cell phones, fast cars, were not available.  Life was busy, but not as hurried as it is today.  These hills and valleys share a history, stories, that if they could speak would say plenty.

May you find the time to learn and listen to what has gone before you.

More on our history to come.  Please take a moment and share your history.  We would love to hear from you.


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