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Near Crystal River in Citrus County, Florida — The American South (South Atlantic)
 

Withlacoochee Bay Trail

Marjorie Harris Carr Cross Florida Greenway

 
 
Withlacoochee Bay Trail Marker image. Click for full size.
By Cosmos Mariner, February 18, 2021
1. Withlacoochee Bay Trail Marker
Inscription.  
The Price of Progress
Picture massive barges, tugboats and trawlers clogging the bay. This was to be the west end of the Cross Florida Barge Canal, where the water enters the Gulf of Mexico. The canal would have impacted Florida's fresh and seawater systems.

State leaders wanted to make this the center of a vast commercial waterway network. They planned to dig a Gulf Intracoastal channel between St. Marks, 120 miles to the northwest, and Tarpon Springs, 60 miles to the south.

A Very Different Place
Imagine how different this area would be if ships and dredges filled the water. Small industry would have surrendered to new ports, highways and factories. Environmental impacts — such as damage to seagrass and recreational scalloping and fishing — would have been significant.
 
Erected by Florida State Parks.
 
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: EnvironmentIndustry & CommerceParks & Recreational Areas
Marker detail: 1961 Florida Waterways Association Map image. Click for full size.
Courtesy Florida Memory
2. Marker detail: 1961 Florida Waterways Association Map
This detail of a 1961 Florida Waterways Association leaflet shows how the Cross Florida Barge Canal would have shortened shipping routes and benefited industries like aerospace manufacturing.
Waterways & Vessels. In addition, it is included in the Former U.S. Presidents: #36 Lyndon B. Johnson series list.
 
Location. 28° 59.734′ N, 82° 44.116′ W. Marker is near Crystal River, Florida, in Citrus County. Marker is on Withlacoochee Bay Trail 4.6 miles west of North Suncoast Boulevard (U.S. 19). Marker is located in the kiosk at the west end of the Withlacoochee Bay Trail. It is 4.9 miles west of the trailhead, which is in Felburn Park at 10201 North Suncoast Boulevard. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Crystal River FL 34428, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 7 other markers are within 17 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Felburn Park (approx. 4.9 miles away); Historic Crystal River Train Depot (approx. 10.8 miles away); Crystal Street Historic Oak Canopy (approx. 10.8 miles away); Kings Bay Park (approx. 10.9 miles away); Bicentennial Park War Memorial (approx. 13 miles away); Florida Boom Sidewalk (approx. 16.4 miles away); Badly Wounded (approx. 16.9 miles away).
 
More about this marker. Access to the marker is via foot or bicycle on the Withlacoochee Bay Trail. Nearby marker, "Marjorie Harris Carr Cross Florida Greenway," is replicated at multiple locations along the trail.
 
Related markers. Click here for a list of markers that are related to this marker. Marjorie Harris Carr Cross Florida Greenway
 
Also see . . .
1. Withlacoochee Bay Trail. The Withlacoochee Bay Trail
Marker detail: Port of Tampa image. Click for full size.
Courtesy Florida Memory
3. Marker detail: Port of Tampa
Had the canal been completed, this area may have grown to look like the Port of Tampa, a global shipping hub.
traverses five miles west from the Felburn Park Trailhead to the Gulf of Mexico, along the southern side of the former Cross Florida Barge Canal. This 12-foot-wide, multi-use paved trail runs adjacent to the barge canal for the first 2.5 miles and then switches its path to the south side of the berm that was created by the canal's excavation. (Submitted on February 22, 2021, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.) 

2. Marjorie Harris Carr Cross Florida Greenway. One of the nation's largest incomplete public works projects has been transformed into the diverse Cross Florida Greenway, spanning Central Florida from the Gulf of Mexico to the St. Johns River. (Submitted on February 22, 2021, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.) 
 
Marker detail: President Lyndon B. Johnson image. Click for full size.
Courtesy Florida Memory
4. Marker detail: President Lyndon B. Johnson
President Lyndon B. Johnson traveled to Palatka, Fla., for the Cross Florida Barge Canal groundbreaking in 1964.
Marker detail: Marjorie Harris Carr Cross Florida Greenway image. Click for full size.
5. Marker detail: Marjorie Harris Carr Cross Florida Greenway
The Marjorie Harris Carr Cross Florida Greenway sits on land purchased in the 20th century for a shipping canal across the state. The prolonged political struggle over the canal shows how dreams of progress and preservation shaped Florida.
Withlacoochee Bay Trail Marker image. Click for full size.
By Cosmos Mariner, February 18, 2021
6. Withlacoochee Bay Trail Marker
(looking north across canal entrance into Withlacoochee Bay)
Withlacoochee Bay Trail — West End image. Click for full size.
By Cosmos Mariner, February 18, 2021
7. Withlacoochee Bay Trail — West End
(looking west across Withlacoochee Bay • marker visible on right)
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on February 22, 2021. It was originally submitted on February 22, 2021, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida. This page has been viewed 39 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7. submitted on February 22, 2021, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.
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