Well, a fellow roadie of similar
abnormal bent has heard the call for aid and responded with a valiant
effort! Chris Hunger of Savannah has provided all of the pics and
info on this page. Starting at the coast and working inland, enjoy
these photos of the very easternmost points possible to get to on Highway
80. My jaunts in Texas, Arizona and San Diego seem to be an
impossibly long way away. Chris, thanks for sharing your Highway 80
experiences with the world and we look forward to seeing more from ya!
Though decommissioned in the west, old 80 still
begins in the east just as it always has-Tybee Island outside of Savanna,
be exact. And even as old Route 66 has its unofficial ending at the
Santa Monica pier, Highway 80 has its unofficial beginning at a pier as
well. Known as the Tybrias or Tybee Pier, many big bands such as Benny
Goodman and other played here during the big band era. Though the
original burnt in '67, the newer pier still functions as a band shell,
picnic area and communal focal point.
Here we are in the small community of Tybee
Island. And even though to us any trip here will obviously end at
the ocean's edge,
apparently the Federal Government doesn't believe so. Thanks to
Chris, here's a pic of the official start of Highway
80 (16th Street and Butler Avenue) looking west. From here on,
here's the sign we'll see!
As with any coastal community, fishing boats,
gulls and water abound! Can't you almost smell the salt in the air
and hear the gentle
tinkle of stowed rigging as you check out these great pics of the
Lazaretto Creek area? The first is looking out the
mouth of Lazaretto Creek under the newer Highway 80 bridge towards the
small lighthouse at the
coast. The second is looking east over the remains of the original
Highway 80 crossing. And just west of the creek heading west, hard
to believe this rural stretch of road was the interstate of its day!
BTW, Lazaretto Creek forms the eastern boundary of the Fort Pulaski National Monument grounds. Fort Pulaski was the site of an early
Union victory and forever changed the course of warfare by
introducing rifled cannonry.
Before we get to Savannah proper, 80 encounters
another watery obstacle-the Bull River. As can be seen by this
there have been at least two attempts to cross the river. Look
beyond the old pilings...you can see the original roadbed in the tree line
across the river. From there, Savanna is but a short hop away, and
80 begins its long westward trek across the continent.
Again, thanks for your help along the East Coast there Chris as it may be quite some time before I ever get out that
way. And in addition,
folks, Chris is a member of the Georgia Air Guard. Thanks for your
service sir! If it weren't for guys like you, we wouldn't be able to
drive around our great country on a whim. We have no checkpoints...no
passports...just the open road and the ability to indulge ourselves in silly
hobbies like exploring America's unique roadside culture. Salute!