~ Tamiami Trail - US Route 41 ~

Reaching the intersection of US Route 19 and US Route 41 placed me on the Tamiami Trail (pronounced "tammy-ammy" so it rhymes).

The Tamiami Trail links the cities for which it is named Tampa and Miami, Florida. It bridges the Everglades connecting Florida's Gulf and Atlantic Coasts. It officially opened on April 25, 1928. The highway runs south to Naples, Florida, then turns east across the state. It passes directly through Big Cypress National Preserve and along the northern boundary of Everglades National Park. It ends at the intersection with US Route 1 in Miami. Miami's Capt. James Franklin Jaudon first proposed a road connecting Florida's Gulf and Atlantic coasts with an eye on developing his properties in the Everglades. Financial gain and not necessity was the mother of this section of US 41. The City of Tampa did not favor the building of the highway, because there were cross state highways north of the Everglades already in existence.

Due to the fact that I-75 (Everglades Parkway or Aliigator Alley) across the Everglades farther north is a toll road the Tamiami Trail is an overused two lane highway through a ecologically sensitive area.

The northern terminus of US Route 41 is east of Copper Harbor, Michigan, at a modest cul-de-sac near Fort Wilkins Historic State Park at the tip of the Keweenaw Peninsula on Lake Superior in the state's Upper Peninsula.

Tamiami Trail - US Route 41

First sign after turning off US Route 19

Snowy egret by the roadside

The first morning began this way

Tamiami Trail Historic Marker

Three mornings later it began like this

Gulls crossing a morning sky

Sunrise through the palms

Another shot down the road

This is the bridge over Charlotte Harbor near Punta Gorda, FL

One of the oldest houses in Punta Gorda

Snowy Egret
The following photos are links to the pages for each.

Spanish Point, the Pioneers

Spanish Point, the Flora and Fauna

Spanish Point, the Mounds

Big Cypress National Preserve Scenery

Big Cypress National Preserve Wildlife

Everglades National Park
When I reached the intersection with Florida Route 997, I headed south to Everglades National Park (above right). This was my second visit to the park. I had been there with four grandchildren in 2003. That visit is on this page.

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