Welcome to the coast! This is the Eastern Edge of Natchez on the Gulf. Lets take a peek down here while we leave Hialeah to grow a while (well.. just working on a bus map and its taking a while) Travelers on I-5 can grab exit 20 and take US78 Eastbound to get to Pasadena, one of the coastal ports. US78 Links Pasadena to New Paris to the West. Although US78 skinnies down to two lanes in the Pasadena City limits, most of the heavy traffic goes along NZ1 or Port Road Parallel to I-5 until the interstate curves eastward allowing for a diagonal intersection near Santa Elena.
Here we see the northern end of town, Pasadena NZ. US78 runs near the top of the picture (towards the top left corner) right to the Givens Generating Station at the waterfront. 78 crosses NZ1 near the tank farm and level crossing. The principal commercial area is along Burlington Street.
Here, NZ1 crosses the Salamanca River into East Pasadena: home of the South Pasadena Lions! (High School) The single-A Pasadena Everlades play at River Stadium on the North Side. Though they draw less than the high school football attendance is up since the Cincinnati Reds have affiliated with the team.
As an alternative to I-5 or NZ1, Amtrack's "Southern Belle" offers spectacular views of the gulf (and less spectacular views of the port, say some) with a stop in Western Pasadena here (Amtrak-Pasadena). Amtrak also operates a small commuter service, 2 eastbound and two westbound trains, between Western Pasadena and the port which draws about 200 passengers per day. The 7:15 is seen leaving here, as the Belle draws in.
More shots of the town
NZ1/ NE 3rd Street interstection. ^
Southern Belle, New Paris-Bound with SW 2 Av running by the water ^
And a quick look at the port below.