Thursday, July 17, 2008

Along The Coast Highway In Leucadia

Cars were few and far between on the Pacific Coast Highway through Leucadia when this photograph was made in the 1930s. The highway was the main route from San Diego to Los Angeles, but during the Great Depression, people stuck close to home and pleasure drives were reserved for the wealthy. There was a hobo camp in town, next to the railroad tracks, in a sparse stand of cypress trees and bushes, where the Lumberyard Shopping Center is now. Hobos didn't live there permanently. It was more a stopping off point where a man could swap stories around a fire, share a can of beans and figure out where to go next. My grandma said they never begged money, but would knock on the back door and ask to do chores in exchange for a meal. She had them chop wood for the stove, whether she needed any chopped or not.

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