VERY cool! Never heard of the pershing highway, did some homework... and got more questions than answers.
"" Part of the old Pershing Highway, that was constructed back in 1917, can still be seen cutting through the swamps and pine lands of Tiger Bay State Forest. ""
Source - http://www.outintheboonies.com/Tiger_Bay/
"" In 1921
, Thomas H. MacDonald, the newly appointed head of the Bureau of Public Roads, requested the Army provide it with a list of roads of "prime importance in the event of war." MacDonald had the Geological Survey and later his own staff painstakingly draft out the details of the Army's request, and presented the sum of these drawings in a massive 32-foot (9.8 m)-long map to Army War Plans. General of the Armies John Pershing himself reported the results back to Congress in 1922 with the proposal becoming known as the "Pershing Map."
.....and with little infrastructure, southern Florida was not a priority since any army landing there would have had no method to advance northwards.
Source - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pershing_Map
Source - http://www.uwgb.edu/DutchS/WestTech/xmodern1.htm
Very cool cobblestone road... but if it was built in 1917 it is prolly not a pershing map highway. And the map shows no road proposed there. BUT... then what is it?!?!?
Ah... Furk held me up, but I found it. The name was the confusion.
"" In December, 1918, the road from Daytona via DeLand and Orange City to Harden's Ferry was named the Pershing Highway. The Pershing Triangle was formed by the roads connecting Daytona, New Smyrna and DeLand. ""
Source - http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~flrbg ... ct-Dec.pdf
What ever happened to the Pershing triangle?
50 Years ago this week (Sep 7,1969) the Volusia county commission adopted a resolution establishing what was henceforth to be known as The Pershing triangle.
The "Triangle" consisted of the 75 miles of road then connecting DeLand to Daytona, Daytona to New Smyrna, and New Smyrna to DeLand.
This road net was to be a memorial to those veterans that lost their lives in the service of the country during WW1.
At each apex of the triangle there was to be erected a memorial shaft of concrete, bearing a bronze tablet with the names of Volusia's war dead.
Where are thye Shafts of concrete, the bronze tablets, the shade trees?
At the time the project was greeted with great enthusiasm by the county residents. Somehow, somewhere,someday the project got sidetracked, shelved and passed into limbo.
It seemed like a good idea 50 yrs ago. (c1969!)
Source - http://news.google.com/newspapers?nid=1 ... 06,1213846
** Above excerpt hand typed, errors are mine. The paper is a scan, and copy/paste wasnt an option.
Ah, that settles it. THANKS Spyderstan
for the neat Florida picture! I have set foot on part of the Old Melbourne Hwy that lies on the Mormon lands north of 192, and been to Tohopkee, but never knew of this one. Have to go and see it.
(Yes, I have OCD's. I have learned to satisfy them, and move on. )