From Fort Myers
across Everglades to
Florida - 2005
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From Fort Myers we took the
across the Everglades, and down to Key West
An incredible, beautiful and exciting Trip
Whenever possible, we
avoided the Highways when driving around in Florida,
as you see a lot more travelling on the smaller Roads
One of many visitor center.
Picture of the new seven mile Bridge.
highway - the southernmost leg of U.S. 1 - follows a trail originally blazed in
when Henry Flagler extended his Florida East Coast Railroad from Miami to Key West.
The railroad ceased operations on the Miami-Key West link in 1935,
following extensive damage to the roadbed by severe winds
and erosion and the economic decline caused by the Depression era.
Construction of the Overseas Highway was an incredible engineering feat.
A total of 113 miles of roadway and 42 overseas bridges,
leapfrogging form key to key in a series of giant arches of concrete and steel, were constructed.
1982, 37 bridges were replaced with wider, heavier spans,
including the well-known Seven Mile Bridge at Marathon.
highway was begun in the late 1930s. Its foundation utilizes some of the
as well as the coral bedrock of individual keys and specially constructed columns.
First completed in 1938, it marked the beginning of an equally
incredible adventure for the ubiquitous North American motorist.
Florida Keys - which now host more than three million visitors annually
- became an easily accessible tourist destination by car and bus.
private autos, rental cars and interstate buses transport thousands of visitors
over a highway that was upgraded to the tune of $185 million.
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