Tri-City Ledger -

By Kevin McKinley
Guest Columnist 

Highway 31 has a rich, full history


May 3, 2018

Bat Findley and a companion use a horse and buggy in a time before Highway 31.

In the early days of the automobile travel was anything but consistent. Muddy pig trials and dangerous bridges awaited travelers who dared venture upon the roads on their iron horse.

As time passed the state legislatures determined that roads needed to be uniformed and cover long distances. Early attempts can be seen in Santa Rosa County where the county built a brick paved road which was intended to connect to the roads of other counties. Eventually the state governments saw that large scale planning would be needed if the highways in planning were to spread across an entire state.


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