Research Starter: Building the Tamiami Trail
Research Starter

The Tamiami Trail officially opened on April 25, 1928. Before it was completed, few travelers had successfully navigated the 108 miles between Miami and Naples. Wetlands, mosquitoes, alligators and cypress swamps made travel across southern Florida difficult at best.

Portrait of Chief Osceola

Tamiami trail blazers holding sign

Florida Memory

State Library of Florida

Published Sources

  • Bruce D. Epperson, Roads through the Everglades: The Building of the Ingraham Highway, the Tamiami Trail and Conners Highway, 1914-1931 (Jefferson, NC: McFarland, 2016).
  • Carrie Scupholm, "Connecting the East and West Coasts: The Tamiami Trail of the Sunshine State," in Looking Beyond the Highway: Dixie Roads and Culture, edited by Claudette Stager and Martha Carver (Knoxville: University of Tennessee Press, 2006), 73-86.
  • Max Hunn, "Tamiami Trail: Conquest of the Everglades," Florida Living (July 1993), 34-35.
  • Tamiami Trail Commissioners and County Commissioners of Dade County, Florida, History of the Tamiami Trail and a Brief Overview of the Road Construction Movement in Florida (Miami: Miami Post, 1928).