U.S. numbered highway 80 stretches between Savannah, Georgia (later Tybee Island) on the Atlantic and San Diego, California on the Pacific. Much of U.S. 80 was along the path of the earlier Dixie Overland Highway. In the west, U.S. 80 also followed the Old Spanish Trail, the Lee Highway, the Jefferson Davis Memorial Highway, the Bankhead Highway, and the Lone Star Trail. In the state of California, US 80 received state recognition as an Historic Route in August, 2006.
The highway has been slowly decommissioned eastward, so that now 80 officially ends at Dallas, Texas. Much of the old road in the west still exists, however.
U.S. 80 once travelled through Georgia, Alabama, Mississippi, Louisiana, Texas, New Mexico, Arizona, and California.
The highway was one of the first numbered highways planned in 1925. However, much of 80's roadbed already existed in many areas prior to that, since if followed well traveled auto trails dating as far back as 1915.
- California's Historic US 80 association.
US 80 - The Broadway of America (Jeff Jensen)
- Photos tours and driving directions for most U.S. 80 states on the Bygone Byways site.
United States Route 80: The Dixie Overland Highway (Federal Highway Adminstration)
U.S. Route 80 (Wikipedia)
Historic California U.S. Highways: Finding US 80 Guide (Casey Cooper)
- Note, the first pull-down menu on the left are the drive tours while the second is for the Photo Galleries.
California at AARoads: Historic U.S. Highway 80 (Andy Field)
Historic US 80: Dallas, Texas to Tucson, AZ (Cameron Kaiser)
Historic Highways: Legends of the West on Old US 80 (by Jerry Brown)
Historic U.S. Highway Route 80 legislation (California, ACR 123, 2006)