Florida History from the Highways

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Discover Florida, with its unique geography and exciting history-from ancient gold to modern real estate speculation by journeying along its highways. Beginning with a chronology and succinct account of Florida's spectacular development, then an account of the rise of the major cities, Florida History from the Highways takes you throughout the state, pointing out the fascinating events that occurred at locations along the way. You'll travel through changing times and landscapes and emerge filled with new ...

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Overview

Discover Florida, with its unique geography and exciting history-from ancient gold to modern real estate speculation by journeying along its highways. Beginning with a chronology and succinct account of Florida's spectacular development, then an account of the rise of the major cities, Florida History from the Highways takes you throughout the state, pointing out the fascinating events that occurred at locations along the way. You'll travel through changing times and landscapes and emerge filled with new appreciation for what has made Florida the colorful place it is today.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781561643158
  • Publisher: Pineapple Press, Inc.
  • Publication date: 3/28/2005
  • Pages: 370
  • Sales rank: 1,377,118
  • Product dimensions: 4.80 (w) x 9.02 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Douglas Waitley is the author of nineteen books on Americana, ranging in subject matter from regional histories to accounts of the era of steam locomotives. His other Pineapple Press books include the Best Back Roads series: Vol. 1 (Central) The Heartland; Vol. 2 (South) Coasts, Glades, and Groves; and Vol. 3 (North) Beaches and Hills. He has a master's degree in history from Northwestern University and lives in central Florida, from where he and his wife, Mary, are continually exploring the state.
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Table of Contents

A Word about the Organization of This Book viii
Acknowledgments ix
Chronology of Florida History x
A Brief History of Florida 1
The Cities
1 Orlando and the Theme Parks: Fun and Fantasy 15
2 Miami and Vicinity: Where the Fantasy Began 41
3 Tampa and St. Petersburg: Baghdads on the Bay 65
4 Jacksonville: City on the River 92
5 Tallahassee: The Old South 109
The Highways
6 Florida's Turnpike: Across Hills and Swamps 121
Wildwood-I-4 123
I-4-Fort Pierce 128
Fort Pierce-Miami 133
7 I-75, Northern Portion: Through the Heartland 134
Georgia Line-Florida's Turnpike 136
Florida's Turnpike-I-4 (Tampa Turnoff) 150
8 I-75, Southern Portion: To Paradise Beaches 154
Tampa-Naples 154
9 I-75, Alligator Alley Portion: Through Cypress and Saw Grass 172
Naples-Miami 172
10 US 41 (The Tamiami Trail): Everglades Adventure 175
Naples-Miami 175
11 I-95, Northern Portion: From Spanish Conquerors to Speed Conquerors 190
Georgia Line-St. Augustine 190
St. Augustine-Daytona Beach 203
12 I-95, Central Portion: Striving for the Stars 216
Daytona-Kennedy Space Center 216
Kennedy Space Center-Fort Pierce 231
13 I-95, Southern Portion: Land of a Thousand Tales 235
Fort Pierce-Palm Beach 235
Palm Beach-Miami 252
14 US 1: Along the Turquoise Road 259
Miami-Marathon 259
Marathon-Key West 269
15 I-4: Main Street, Florida Style 278
Daytona Beach-Orlando 278
Orlando-Tampa 294
16 US 27: The Orange Blossom Special 301
Clermont-Haines City 301
Haines City-Lake Placid via US 27 304
Haines City to Lake Placid via The Scenic Highway 309
Lake Placid-Miami 321
17 I-10: The Old Spanish Trail 327
Jacksonville-Tallahassee 327
Tallahassee-Pensacola 332
18 US 98: Sand, Sea, and Pines 342
Tallahassee-St. Marks 342
St. Marks-Panama City 344
Panama City-Pensacola 350
Bibliography 353
Index 359
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