|THE DIXIE HIGHWAY (Old Brick
Road) - This portion of the 5,706 mile long highway which stretched as far
north as Ontario, Canada and as far south as Florida City, Florida is made
up of bricks from two major companies; Southern Brick in Tennessee and
Graves Brick in Alabama
THE ST. AUGUSTINE EVENING RECORD
PLAN NEW ROUTE FOR BIG HIGHWAY
One of the proposed routes for a road connecting Hastings with the southern end of the county, and to form a link in the Miami-Montreal highway was inspected by Commission Moody, says the Hastings News. With J. B. Johnson and J. L. Morrison, Mr. Moody drove from here to Espanola, a distance of about eighteen miles. Leaving Hastings by the “Diagonal,” or county road, to Cowpen branch, they went straight on to Gopher Ridge. The road has been worked for a greater part of the way and the expense of making necessary repairs with be slight. From Gopher Ridge the route followed led along the road bed of the English Company’s old tram road, across the Big Cypress to Elbow Ridge. The good work in tram building done by this old lumber company is still in evidence and could easily be made the basis of a modern highway.
The road follows along the Elbow Ridge striking the railroad at Espanola, a distance between eight and ten miles.
At Espanola convicts are at work upon the road leading south along the railroad to Bunnell and have already finished a considerable stretch of the road. Volusia county will meet the hard-surfaced road at whatever point it comes to the line and improvements are now being made at Harwood. If the St. Johns county road is extended down the railroad through Dupont to the line it can be made to connect with the Volusia road.
Though none of the citizens except two made the trip with Mr. Moody, a great deal of interest is manifested and a great many, all that we have talked to, have expressed themselves strongly in favor of the Elkton-Hastings-Bunnell route as the best and only way for the national highway to go. By adopting this route extensive tracts of wild land, as fertile as any in the county, but now almost inaccessible, will be made accessible to settlers. Using this route, the road will traverse the principle agricultural section of the county and those traveling over it would witness the results made possible by a wonderfully productive soil combined with most favorable climatic conditions.
Taking into consideration the number of miles of road that has been improved, the work of building is partly done and the rest will not be harder of accomplishment than on any other route.
A Cultural Resource Management Plan for Old Dixie Highway, Flagler
See news article by Mark Woods Jacksonville.com A travel down the old brick road