Quantcast
4S Ranch Allied Gardens Alpine Baja Balboa Park Bankers Hill Barrio Logan Bay Ho Bay Park Black Mountain Ranch Blossom Valley Bonita Bonsall Borrego Springs Boulevard Campo Cardiff-by-the-Sea Carlsbad Carmel Mountain Carmel Valley Chollas View Chula Vista City College City Heights Clairemont College Area Coronado CSU San Marcos Cuyamaca College Del Cerro Del Mar Descanso Downtown San Diego Eastlake East Village El Cajon Emerald Hills Encanto Encinitas Escondido Fallbrook Fletcher Hills Golden Hill Grant Hill Grantville Grossmont College Guatay Harbor Island Hillcrest Imperial Beach Imperial Valley Jacumba Jamacha-Lomita Jamul Julian Kearny Mesa Kensington La Jolla Lakeside La Mesa Lemon Grove Leucadia Liberty Station Lincoln Acres Lincoln Park Linda Vista Little Italy Logan Heights Mesa College Midway District MiraCosta College Miramar Miramar College Mira Mesa Mission Beach Mission Hills Mission Valley Mountain View Mount Hope Mount Laguna National City Nestor Normal Heights North Park Oak Park Ocean Beach Oceanside Old Town Otay Mesa Pacific Beach Pala Palomar College Palomar Mountain Paradise Hills Pauma Valley Pine Valley Point Loma Point Loma Nazarene Potrero Poway Rainbow Ramona Rancho Bernardo Rancho Penasquitos Rancho San Diego Rancho Santa Fe Rolando San Carlos San Marcos San Onofre Santa Ysabel Santee San Ysidro Scripps Ranch SDSU Serra Mesa Shelltown Shelter Island Sherman Heights Skyline Solana Beach Sorrento Valley Southcrest South Park Southwestern College Spring Valley Stockton Talmadge Temecula Tierrasanta Tijuana UCSD University City University Heights USD Valencia Park Valley Center Vista Warner Springs

La Costa Ave. missing time capsule found

Open next year at Old Town museum

The capsule was removed from water fountain site to the Aliso Creek Rest Area on I-5, about eight miles north of Oceanside.
The capsule was removed from water fountain site to the Aliso Creek Rest Area on I-5, about eight miles north of Oceanside.

Back in 1966, a young Dave Naylor remembers he and his father attending a dedication of the new Interstate 5 rest area at the La Costa Avenue exit, in Leucadia. He clearly recalls a time capsule was buried near the drinking fountain, as part of the ceremony.

Dave Naylor remembers the dedication of the rest area at the La Costa Avenue exit.

Naylor lives in Klamath Falls, Oregon. When he occasionally returned to his hometown, he would go to the site and search for some kind of maker or plaque for the capsule, but to no avail.

Earlier this year, Naylor asked for my help in researching. I contacted Caltrans’ local media representative, Ed Joyce, and told Naylor’s story. Joyce said there were probably some Caltrans old timers, or retirees, still around that might remember the time capsule.

Within a few days, Joyce called back. He seemed excited to share what he had learned, having found someone in the department that knew of the capsule. For some unknown reason, the capsule was removed from the site, to the Aliso Creek Rest Area on I-5, about eight miles north of Oceanside, on USMC Camp Pendleton. But it was unclear if it was at the northbound or southbound rest areas.

“Surely there must be some kind of plaque or marker,” said Joyce.

A few days later, I visited both Aliso Creek rest areas, but couldn’t find any distinctive marker. No one at Caltrans seemed to remember why the capsule was dug up originally, what might be inside, or when it was scheduled to be reopened.

On December 9, Joyce advised me that Caltrans staff had found the time capsule. It was in a storage shed at the southbound Aliso Creek rest area. It had never been reburied, nor has it been opened.

In the late 1960s, like other rest areas in Southern California’s early freeway construction, there were no rest room facilities at the La Costa site. With the increase of off-ramp gas stations, convenience stores, and restaurants, and the decreased travel times on higher-speed super highways, the need for the motoring public to pull over and “rest” in what eventually became suburban areas, became less.

In the 1970s, Encinitas sheriff’s deputies would make the Leucadia rest area one of their first stops in their morning patrols, to kick out squatting hippies and camping homeless. The rest area was eventually shut down, until carpool commuting became a thing in the 90s, and the site was reopened as a Park and Ride lot. Speculation is the closed time period was when the time capsule may have removed.

Although Joyce has yet to see the capsule personally, he says Caltrans knows exactly where it is and have a plan for relocating. Sometime next year, at the agency’s District 11 headquarters off I-8, on Taylor Street, in Old Town, a transportation museum will open. The capsule will become part of the museum’s collection and will be ceremoniously opened. Naylor hopes to attend.

Historical Footnote: In 1964, the state completed the eight lane portion of I-5 from Leucadia’s Woodley Road exit (now Leucadia Boulevard), south to Del Mar’s Via de la Valle exit. It’s quite possible the ceremony that Naylor attended was the actual opening and dedication of the completed freeway linking San Diego with Orange County’s Santa Ana Freeway.

Recollection is then Governor Pat Brown, (Gov. Jerry Brown’s father) was the keynote at a ribbon cutting ceremony for the momentous occasion in California transportation.

Click here for a history of San Diego transportation projects in the 20th Century.

Here's something you might be interested in.
Submit a free classified
or view all

Previous article

Forget bike lanes or sidewalks in rural San Diego County

Supervisors steer around anti-car measure
The capsule was removed from water fountain site to the Aliso Creek Rest Area on I-5, about eight miles north of Oceanside.
The capsule was removed from water fountain site to the Aliso Creek Rest Area on I-5, about eight miles north of Oceanside.

Back in 1966, a young Dave Naylor remembers he and his father attending a dedication of the new Interstate 5 rest area at the La Costa Avenue exit, in Leucadia. He clearly recalls a time capsule was buried near the drinking fountain, as part of the ceremony.

Dave Naylor remembers the dedication of the rest area at the La Costa Avenue exit.

Naylor lives in Klamath Falls, Oregon. When he occasionally returned to his hometown, he would go to the site and search for some kind of maker or plaque for the capsule, but to no avail.

Earlier this year, Naylor asked for my help in researching. I contacted Caltrans’ local media representative, Ed Joyce, and told Naylor’s story. Joyce said there were probably some Caltrans old timers, or retirees, still around that might remember the time capsule.

Within a few days, Joyce called back. He seemed excited to share what he had learned, having found someone in the department that knew of the capsule. For some unknown reason, the capsule was removed from the site, to the Aliso Creek Rest Area on I-5, about eight miles north of Oceanside, on USMC Camp Pendleton. But it was unclear if it was at the northbound or southbound rest areas.

“Surely there must be some kind of plaque or marker,” said Joyce.

A few days later, I visited both Aliso Creek rest areas, but couldn’t find any distinctive marker. No one at Caltrans seemed to remember why the capsule was dug up originally, what might be inside, or when it was scheduled to be reopened.

On December 9, Joyce advised me that Caltrans staff had found the time capsule. It was in a storage shed at the southbound Aliso Creek rest area. It had never been reburied, nor has it been opened.

In the late 1960s, like other rest areas in Southern California’s early freeway construction, there were no rest room facilities at the La Costa site. With the increase of off-ramp gas stations, convenience stores, and restaurants, and the decreased travel times on higher-speed super highways, the need for the motoring public to pull over and “rest” in what eventually became suburban areas, became less.

In the 1970s, Encinitas sheriff’s deputies would make the Leucadia rest area one of their first stops in their morning patrols, to kick out squatting hippies and camping homeless. The rest area was eventually shut down, until carpool commuting became a thing in the 90s, and the site was reopened as a Park and Ride lot. Speculation is the closed time period was when the time capsule may have removed.

Although Joyce has yet to see the capsule personally, he says Caltrans knows exactly where it is and have a plan for relocating. Sometime next year, at the agency’s District 11 headquarters off I-8, on Taylor Street, in Old Town, a transportation museum will open. The capsule will become part of the museum’s collection and will be ceremoniously opened. Naylor hopes to attend.

Historical Footnote: In 1964, the state completed the eight lane portion of I-5 from Leucadia’s Woodley Road exit (now Leucadia Boulevard), south to Del Mar’s Via de la Valle exit. It’s quite possible the ceremony that Naylor attended was the actual opening and dedication of the completed freeway linking San Diego with Orange County’s Santa Ana Freeway.

Recollection is then Governor Pat Brown, (Gov. Jerry Brown’s father) was the keynote at a ribbon cutting ceremony for the momentous occasion in California transportation.

Click here for a history of San Diego transportation projects in the 20th Century.

Sponsored
Here's something you might be interested in.
Submit a free classified
or view all
Previous article

There are four differences between the two pictures of protests below. Can you spot them? Check the answers to see how you did!

Spot the Difference!
Next Article

There are four differences between the two pictures of protests below. Can you spot them? Check the answers to see how you did!

Spot the Difference!
Comments
0

Be the first to leave a comment.

Sign in to comment

Sign in

Art Reviews — W.S. Di Piero's eye on exhibits Ask a Hipster — Advice you didn't know you needed Best Buys — San Diego shopping Big Screen — Movie commentary Blurt — Music's inside track Booze News — San Diego spirits City Lights — News and politics Classical Music — Immortal beauty Classifieds — Free and easy Cover Stories — Front-page features Excerpts — Literary and spiritual excerpts Famous Former Neighbors — Next-door celebs Feast! — Food & drink reviews Feature Stories — Local news & stories From the Archives — Spotlight on the past Golden Dreams — Talk of the town Here's the Deal — Chad Deal's watering holes Just Announced — The scoop on shows Letters — Our inbox [email protected] — Local movie buffs share favorites Movie Reviews — Our critics' picks and pans Musician Interviews — Up close with local artists Neighborhood News from Stringers — Hyperlocal news News Ticker — News & politics Obermeyer — San Diego politics illustrated Of Note — Concert picks Out & About — What's Happening Overheard in San Diego — Eavesdropping illustrated Poetry — The old and the new Pour Over — Grab a cup Reader Travel — Travel section built by travelers Reading — The hunt for intellectuals Roam-O-Rama — SoCal's best hiking/biking trails San Diego Beer News — Inside San Diego suds SD on the QT — Almost factual news Set 'em Up Joe — Bartenders' drink recipes Sheep and Goats — Places of worship Special Issues — The best of Sports — Athletics without gush Street Style — San Diego streets have style Suit Up — Fashion tips for dudes Theater Reviews — Local productions Theater antireviews — Narrow your search Tin Fork — Silver spoon alternative Under the Radar — Matt Potter's undercover work Unforgettable — Long-ago San Diego Unreal Estate — San Diego's priciest pads Waterfront — All things ocean Your Week — Daily event picks
4S Ranch Allied Gardens Alpine Baja Balboa Park Bankers Hill Barrio Logan Bay Ho Bay Park Black Mountain Ranch Blossom Valley Bonita Bonsall Borrego Springs Boulevard Campo Cardiff-by-the-Sea Carlsbad Carmel Mountain Carmel Valley Chollas View Chula Vista City College City Heights Clairemont College Area Coronado CSU San Marcos Cuyamaca College Del Cerro Del Mar Descanso Downtown San Diego Eastlake East Village El Cajon Emerald Hills Encanto Encinitas Escondido Fallbrook Fletcher Hills Golden Hill Grant Hill Grantville Grossmont College Guatay Harbor Island Hillcrest Imperial Beach Imperial Valley Jacumba Jamacha-Lomita Jamul Julian Kearny Mesa Kensington La Jolla Lakeside La Mesa Lemon Grove Leucadia Liberty Station Lincoln Acres Lincoln Park Linda Vista Little Italy Logan Heights Mesa College Midway District MiraCosta College Miramar Miramar College Mira Mesa Mission Beach Mission Hills Mission Valley Mountain View Mount Hope Mount Laguna National City Nestor Normal Heights North Park Oak Park Ocean Beach Oceanside Old Town Otay Mesa Pacific Beach Pala Palomar College Palomar Mountain Paradise Hills Pauma Valley Pine Valley Point Loma Point Loma Nazarene Potrero Poway Rainbow Ramona Rancho Bernardo Rancho Penasquitos Rancho San Diego Rancho Santa Fe Rolando San Carlos San Marcos San Onofre Santa Ysabel Santee San Ysidro Scripps Ranch SDSU Serra Mesa Shelltown Shelter Island Sherman Heights Skyline Solana Beach Sorrento Valley Southcrest South Park Southwestern College Spring Valley Stockton Talmadge Temecula Tierrasanta Tijuana UCSD University City University Heights USD Valencia Park Valley Center Vista Warner Springs
Close