MPNOD- Miami Pioneers and NAtives of Dade historical society
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Sunday, May 5 at 2pm the Museum

Roads Through The Everglades

with Bruce Epperson - The Building of the Ingraham Highway, the Tamiami Trail and Conners Highway, 1914-1931

In 1915, the road system in Florida south of Lake Okeechobee was little changed from that in place at the conclusion of the Civil War. Those traveling from Miami to Ft. Myers most of the year had to go through Melbourne, Kissimmee, and Tampa.
Roads Through The Everglades, with Bruce EppersonThe Building of the Ingraham Highway, the Tamiami Trail and Conners Highway, 1914-1931
But by 1931, there were three all-weather routes. Most of these roads were built, not to facilitate transportation, but to open up land for large-scale speculation. Ironically, the three roads examined in this presentation, the Ingraham Highway south of Homestead, the Tamiami Trail, and Conner's Highway northwest of West Palm Beach, all failed as land speculation tools, but changed the face of South Florida forever.

Bruce Epperson is a retired attorney and transportation planner who formerly worked in Broward, Miami-Dade County, and for the Office of General Counsel to the U. S. Secretary of Transportation. He lives in Hollywood.

The members of the Miami Pioneers and Natives of Dade historical society invite the public -- especially those with an interest in local history -- to attend the monthly meeting on the first Sunday of the month at 2pm at the Coral Gables Museum, 285 Aragon Avenue in Coral Gables.

Each meeting features a presentation by a guest speaker, followed by social time and refreshments. The public is invited.
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Monthly Meetings at the Museum

The Miami Pioneers and Natives of Dade invite all with an interest in local history to join us at the Coral Gables Museum community room on the first Sunday of each month (except July and August) from 2 to 4pm.
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May Birthdays

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1 Darlene Crum
1 Sharon Grunwell
1 Dolly MacIntyre
2 Edward English
2 Susan Weitz
4 Dr. James Hutson, Jr
10 Janna McConnell
14 Russell Pfost
15 Alyce Hundley
18 Catherine Hilliard
21 Frederick Kent
22 Carol Stanfill
23 Jon Arthur
26 Stephen Schaurer
27 Sallye Jude
29 Ellen Tedder
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After our meetings, our group traditionally enjoys refreshments and social time. If you’re able to contribute to this effort, please bring some small snacks, fresh fruit, cookies, brownies, chips and dip, or a similar item that you’d like to share with your friends.
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Miami Pioneers and
Natives of Dade Historical Society
PO Box 144353
Coral Gables, FL 33114-4353
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