US 80 once crossed the entire state of California, connecting San Diego to Yuma, Arizona. It was established in 1926 and ran through the same corridor as the original plank road crossing the desert in that area. Starting in 1957, US 80 was largely bypassed by a new freeway, which became Interstate 8. By 1969, the US 80 designation was completely dropped from the California highway system. The western end of the road is now over a thousand miles away, in Dallas, Texas. In 2006, however, the California legislature designated the old road as a historic route.
Our replica of the US 80 Historic Route sign is a precise copy of the signs now installed along the former route of US 80. Hearken back to the golden age of American automobilia by adding it to your garage, bar, man cave, or anywhere else needing a little bit of California desert flair. It includes an accurate reproduction of the US 80 shield used in the early days of the route’s existence, complete with the logo of the Automobile Club of Southern California. This marker is framed by the words “HISTORIC ROUTE”.
Our US 80 Historic Route sign is printed on heavy 14-gauge steel. The sign’s glossy, non-reflective coating will allow it to serve you well for years to come, even under the harsh desert sun. It looks great indoors, too! Choose from sizes ranging from 9.6 in. × 12 in. all the way up to 32 in. × 40 in. We have included two pre-drilled mounting holes in each size. (We can make this sign in any size you like, even the ones not listed here! We can also make just about any road sign you might want, from California or elsewhere. Please inquire about custom orders!)