Go back a century and a long auto trip meant stopping frequently for more than just snacks or gas. Cars needed sometimes hourly maintenance to fill the radiator, change tires and add oil. Along the two-lane highways of the day, garages sprang up every few miles. Later, entrepreneurs built roadside attractions. Most survived into the 1950s and 60s, only to be bypassed by the Interstate highways.
One that’s still standing is the Desert View Tower, just past Jacumba on Interstate 8. Before it gets too hot in that part of the county, take a trip east. It’s our trip for this weekend.