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Tildenville in Orange County, Florida — The American South (South Atlantic)
 

Brick Road

 
 
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By Tim Fillmon, November 24, 2020
1. Brick Road Marker
Inscription.  Paved in brick, this stretch of State Road 22 evokes a brief but important era in Florida transportation. As the nation swapped horses for automobiles, states struggled to update their roadways; here in Florida, narrow car tires had turned roads of clay and crushed shells into rutted messes. Brick pavers promised a permanent solution and, after a 1913 bond approval, Orange County set out to install miles of modern brick highways.

Opened in 1915, the Winter Garden Road was originally only nine feet wide. Boasting a speed limit of 30mph, it zig-zagged a path through West Orange County citrus groves. Following the "fruit loop" from its western terminus in Oakland back east through Tildenville, Winter Garden, Ocoee, Orlo Vista and into Orlando via Washington Street took motorists nearly an hour.

As durable as they were uncomfortable, many were soon paved over with smoother compounds like "macadam," an early form of asphalt. As a result, few stretches of Florida's brick highway system remain. Today, this 0.6-mile long Brick Road preserves a formative stop on Orange County's path to becoming a world-renowned destination.
 
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By Tim Fillmon, November 24, 2020
2. Brick Road Marker
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Teresa Jacobs, Mayor-S. Scott Boyd, Commissioner District 1-Orange County Board of County Commissioners.
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Roads & VehiclesSettlements & Settlers. A significant historical year for this entry is 1915.
 
Location. 28° 33.447′ N, 81° 36.526′ W. Marker is in Tildenville, Florida, in Orange County. Marker is at the intersection of Brick Road and Tildenville School Road, on the right when traveling west on Brick Road. Marker is located at Tildenville Elementary School. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 1221 Brick Road, Winter Garden FL 34787, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 7 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Pounds Motor Company (approx. 1.4 miles away); Winter Garden Downtown Historic District (approx. 1.6 miles away); The Christian Church (approx. 4 miles away); Orange County Election Day Violence/ Ocoee Massacre and Exodus (approx. 4.2 miles away); Harper House (approx. 4.6 miles away); Montverde Academy (approx. 4.9 miles away); Cal Palmer Memorial Building (approx. 6.2 miles away); Windermere Town Hall (approx. 6.2 miles away).
 
Brick Road image. Click for full size.
By Tim Fillmon, November 24, 2020
3. Brick Road
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on December 7, 2020. It was originally submitted on November 25, 2020, by Tim Fillmon of Webster, Florida. This page has been viewed 56 times since then and 10 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on November 25, 2020, by Tim Fillmon of Webster, Florida.
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