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Coral Gables in Miami-Dade County, Florida — The American South (South Atlantic)
 

State of Florida Historic Roadway

 
 
State of Florida Historic Roadway Marker image. Click for full size.
By Marsha A. Matson, June 28, 2014
1. State of Florida Historic Roadway Marker
Inscription. Originally eight feet wide, Le Jeune Road was built by James D. Girtman (1874-1960). In addition to being a road builder, Mr. Girtman was also a successful grocer, fur trader, expert on Seminole culture, and fruit and vegetable grower. In 1902, Mr. Girtman raised $250 to build Le Jeune Road. The effort was regarded as highly successful. The road is named for Charles Le Jeune, a wealthy Belgian, who settled here in 1899. Born in 1878, he was educated at the best schools in Europe, attending colleges in Paris, Bonne, and Heidelberg, where he majored in horticulture. He purchased the "Jackson Homestead," 140 acres of harsh coral rock land four miles west of Coconut Grove, and converted them into fruit groves by using dynamite so that the trees could be planted in straight lines. The dirt road that marked the eastern boundary of his property came to be known as Le Jeune Road. Coral Gables City Hall now sits on the northeast corner of the property. He sold his property to George Merrick in 1924. Although he received some cash, most was in monthly payments. However, in less than three years, Le Jeune's mortgage was in default because of the decline of the economy and the land bust. Charles Le Jeune died penniless in 1941.
 
Erected by City of Coral Gables.
 
Location.
State of Florida Historic Roadway Marker image. Click for full size.
By Marsha A. Matson, June 28, 2014
2. State of Florida Historic Roadway Marker
Ingraham Park is in the background to the left.
25° 42.404′ N, 80° 15.649′ W. Marker is in Coral Gables, Florida, in Miami-Dade County. Marker is at the intersection of South Le Jeune Road (State Road 953) and Riveria Drive, on the right when traveling north on South Le Jeune Road. Click for map. Marker is located in Ingraham Terrace Park. Marker is at or near this postal address: 4751 West Ingraham Terrace, Miami FL 33133, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 2 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Coral Gables Waterway (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Pinewood (Cocoplum) Cemetery (approx. half a mile away); Cocoanut Grove Public Utilities Company (approx. 1.4 miles away); Ransom School (approx. 1.5 miles away); The Historic Coconut Grove Cemetery (approx. 1.6 miles away); Charles Avenue (approx. 1.6 miles away); The Barnacle (approx. 1.7 miles away); The Coconut Grove Library (approx. 1.9 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Coral Gables.
 
Also see . . .  Le Juene Road. Wikipedia (Submitted on July 1, 2014.) 
 
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Le Jeune Road with marker in the distance at the center of the photo image. Click for full size.
By Marsha A. Matson, June 28, 2014
3. Le Jeune Road with marker in the distance at the center of the photo
Ingraham Park image. Click for full size.
By Marsha A. Matson, June 28, 2014
4. Ingraham Park
The historic marker is in Ingraham Park, facing Le Jeune Road.
Le Jeune street sign image. Click for full size.
By Marsha A. Matson, June 28, 2014
5. Le Jeune street sign
Coral Gables street signs are placed at ground level, preserved to honor the memory of George Merrick.
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Marsha A. Matson of Palmetto Bay, Florida. This page has been viewed 241 times since then and 23 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on , by Marsha A. Matson of Palmetto Bay, Florida. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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