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The Old Spanish Trail: FL to CA

The Old Spanish Trail as it crosses over Gloster Avenue in Sneads, Florida
The Old Spanish Trail as it crosses over Gloster Avenue in Sneads, Florida

Once a grand highway system that led motorists from St. Augustine, Florida to San Diego, California the Old Spanish Trail still lies in some places today.

History

Built in the 1920s it was the Route 66 of the South and many of the small towns grew based on the traffic that flowed through the cities from people on their way cross country.

The roadway linked the Atlantic Ocean to the Pacific Ocean similar as to how Interstate 10 does in the present. It was about 2,750 miles in total length coast to coast. Construction began in 1915 and was not completed until the 1920s.

It is said that the Old Spanish Trail follows the path that Spanish Conquistadors took back in the 1500s as they explored what was later to become the United States.

Violet Sky’s Visit

I thought it was exciting to discover an original section of the Old Spanish Trail! Learning about classic routes is a fun adventure. Just imagine all the people who have traveled along this road.

How to Visit

Today the Old Spanish Trail is known as Highway 90 in the eastern half of the U.S. and Highway 80 in the west. Most of the road is still available to travel!

Thanks for reading and as always, keep on truckin’!

-Violet Sky

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