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Conners' Toll Highway
Posted by: Groundspeak Regular Member Markerman62
N 26° 51.967 W 080° 37.786
17R E 536775 N 2971660
Quick Description: In Canal Point on US 98.
Location: Florida, United States
Date Posted: 1/27/2015 7:12:52 AM
Waymark Code: WMN9TQ
Published By: Groundspeak Premium Member Marine Biologist
Views: 2

Long Description:
Prior to 1923, travel into or out of the Lake Okeechobee Area was accomplished only by boat or canoe. In the early 1920's, W. J. Conners, a New York winter visitor bought 4000 acres of undeveloped muck land near this site. Development required that this property be accessible by land. Being a man with financial and executive ability, he was not long in achieving his desire. After obtaining approval from both houses of the State Legislature in the record time of 2 hours and 20 minutes, he set about building the W.J. Conners Toll Road. Although the terrain was unknown, Conners and his engineer, R.Y. Patterson, constructed the road using dredges. A temporary railroad installed on the roadbed hastened construction. First work began on October 16, 1924 and the highway was completed on June 25, 1925, 8 months later. The final cost of the 52 mile road was $1,800,000. The road was hailed as an engineering marvel of the time and contributed greatly to the growth of this area. Although the toll was only $.03 a mile, the average daily toll gathered was $2000. After Conners' death on October 5, 1929, the road ultimately was sold to the State of Florida for $660,000. This memorial is in tribute to his accomplishments.
Marker Number: F-312

Date: 1986

County: Palm Beach

Marker Type: Roadside

Sponsored or placed by: The Glades Historical Society in Cooperation with the Department of State

Website: Not listed

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