Near Ocala in Marion County, Florida — The American South (South Atlantic)
Historic Florida Barge Canal Trail
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers oversaw the work of about 6,000 people employed by the WPA, the Works Progress Administration, with men doing mostly manual labor. These four bridge stanchions were started that year, but work was stopped before they and the bridge were completed.
Curiously, the entire canal project was stopped without public explanation. It's thought that increasing environmental concerns were greater than Roosevelt's willingness to risk his re-election in 1936, by spending any more money on a project that might harm the environment.
Johnson came to Florida for a rainy ceremony to ignite a symbolic dynamite charge to mark a new beginning for the Cross Florida Canal. Then he went back to Washington to contend with other issues, including the War in Viet Nam.
The Corps of Engineers had dusted off a reduced plan it had created in the early 1940s only for barges. When the construction was stopped again in 1971, about one-third of the work had been completed. This time the canal construction was brought to a halt by way of a combination of legal action in federal court, citizen efforts, legal action and the signature on an Executive Order in the White House… Nixon's.
Erected by Florida State Parks.
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Charity & Public Work • Environment Parks & Recreational Areas • Waterways & Vessels. In addition, it is included in the Former U.S. Presidents: #32 Franklin D. Roosevelt, the Former U.S. Presidents: #36 Lyndon B. Johnson, the Former U.S. Presidents: #37 Richard M. Nixon, and the Works Progress Administration (WPA) projects series lists.
Location. 29° 6.223′ N, 82° 5.418′ W. Marker is near Ocala, Florida, in Marion County. Marker can be reached from the intersection of Southeast 80th Street (County Road 328) and South Pine Avenue (U.S. 441), on the right when traveling east. Marker is located along the trail at "The Island" - Cross Florida Barge Canal Interpretive Park, just south of the Marion County Sheriff's Station. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 3260 Southeast 80th Street, Ocala FL 34480, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. The Canal Story (within shouting distance of this marker); Historical Perspective (within shouting distance of this marker); A Beautiful Place (within shouting distance of this marker); Great Depression Public Works Project (within shouting distance of this marker); Protective Perspective (within shouting distance of this marker); Opposition to the Canal (within shouting distance of this marker); Environmental Victory Nears (within shouting distance of this marker); Deliberate Strategy (within shouting distance of this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Ocala.
Related markers. Click here for a list of markers that are related to this marker. Historic Florida Barge Canal Trail
Also see . . . Cross Florida Barge Canal (Wikipedia). The Marjorie Harris Carr Cross Florida Greenway is named for the leader of opposition to the Cross Florida Barge Canal, Marjorie Harris Carr, and was originally a U.S. Army Corps of Engineers canal project to connect the Gulf of Mexico and the Atlantic Ocean across Florida for barge traffic. Two sections were built but the project was ultimately cancelled due to local opposition related to environmental concerns and national opposition for the costs being perceived as "government waste" with "limited national value." (Submitted on February 15, 2021, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.)
Credits. This page was last revised on February 21, 2021. It was originally submitted on February 14, 2021, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida. This page has been viewed 41 times since then. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9. submitted on February 15, 2021, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.