On February 2, 2014, Vintage San Diego posted a photo of Vintage Barrett Junction Cafe when the gas pumps were there. You can view the post here:
There is no year included with this picture, but it would seem to be approximately 1930’s. If you know, let us know. Would be interested in any other photos you may have of the cafe in its earlier years.
Barrett Junction was a homestead, no primary center of town, so to speak. The rodeo use to be held across the street from the cafe. As stated before the school is still standing, although it is someone’s home now. The homesteads from the 1800’s are still there, many are being replaced as time and the families do. Since the economy is rough, many of the vineyards are sold off or closed down. More properties are available if you are looking to move into the country. Vineyards and horses appear to thrive in the Barrett Junction area.
The drive out Highway 94 is beautiful. No matter the time of year, smog free and clear views greet you as you drive through the back country. It is a favorite ride for many motorcyclists, the open, winding roads are exhilarating, whether you are the driver or the passenger.
The drive takes you through Jamul, Dulzura, Barrett Junction, Potrero, Campo, Boulevard, and into Jacumba, then ends at Highway 8. Most of the road has been paved, new rails installed, and the curves from 40 years ago are now gone. Construction on Highway 94 has smoothed out many of the bumps, cracks, crevices and sharp curves. It is still a great drive. As a passenger it is even better, you can enjoy more of the country side and worry less about those sharp curves. Sorry drivers.
Here are a few more pictures for your enjoyment.
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