Journalist and author James Williams will join us on May 11th to discuss his latest book “Four Florida Roads.”
“Four Florida Roads” is a narrative of these iconic roads: Bellamy Road, The Tamiami Trail, U.S. 301 and Interstate 95. The history of these four roads form “an eccentric but revealing history of the state.” In 1824 Congress appropriated $20,000,000 for the construction of a public road between St. Augustine and Pensacola. The Bellamy Road no longer exists but it was Florida’s first major federal road. The Tamiami Trail officially opened on April 25, 1928 and runs from Tampa to Miami. U.S. Highway 301 runs from Delaware to south Florida. The portion running through Florida was constructed in the late 1940s and 1950s and was the major north/south route prior to Interstate 95. The first section of Interstate 95 opened in Jacksonville in 1960. Today the interstate runs from Maine to Miami.