Community leaders gathered around a streetlight in Bay Park Thursday to unveil one of eight new signs marking Morena Boulevard as part of historic U.S. 101.
“I drive this every day and you’d never realize this was one of the most historic streets in California,” said Councilmember Lorie Zapf at the unveiling.
Research by Bay Park resident David Potter determined that the 935-mile-long highway, part of a national network of roads designated in 1926, originally followed San Diego Avenue, Morena Boulevard and Cass Street on its route north.
The route changed in 1933 to the eastern edge of what is now Mission Bay Park and was ultimately superseded by Interstate 5.
The new signs are located along Morena Boulevard from Friars Road to Clairemont Drive.
Similar signs are posted along the original route in Old Town, Del Mar and Solana Beach.
Funding for the signs was provided by the Clairemont and Linda Vista town councils and the Morena Business Association.
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