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Near Palm Coast in Flagler County, Florida — The American South (South Atlantic)
 

Lehigh Trail

 
 
Lehigh Trail Marker image. Click for full size.
By Cosmos Mariner, December 17, 2013
1. Lehigh Trail Marker
Inscription.
Due to an unprecedented construction boom after World War II, Lehigh Portland Cement Company expanded its Allentown, Pennsylvania operation. To curtail the cement shortage they opened new plants across the United States, Bunnell, Florida being the location of their south east operation.

In 1952, track was laid creating a rail spur from the cement plant just east of present day Colbert Lane, heading west tying into the Florida East Coast Railway in Bunnell. An average of one hundred and fifty rail cars of cement were transported daily. One lone stack remains today as a sentinel over the land where the plant once stood.

The eastern end of the Lehigh Trail is located in what was once the switchyard for the cement plant. The switchyard was busy enough for the Florida East Coast Railroad to maintain a switch engine on the premises.

After operating since 1952, labor disputes and economic uncertainty forced the Lehigh Cement Company’s plant and rail spur to close in 1965.
 
Erected by Flagler County Parks.
 
Location. 29° 29.955′ N, 81° 9.483′ W. Marker is near Palm Coast, Florida, in Flagler County. Marker is on Colbert Lane south of Harbor View Drive (Road 100), on the left when
Lehigh Trail Marker (<b><i>side view</b></i>) image. Click for full size.
By Cosmos Mariner, December 17, 2013
2. Lehigh Trail Marker (side view)
traveling north. Touch for map. Marker is located at the trailhead in the southeast corner of the Graham Swamp Conservation Area. Marker is at or near this postal address: 5875 Colbert Lane, Palm Coast FL 32137, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 7 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Veterans Memorial Park (approx. 2.2 miles away); Bulow Sugar Mill (approx. 4˝ miles away); Gamble Rogers (approx. 5.1 miles away); Levitt & I.T.T. "Del Mar" Model and Palm Coast Golf Club (approx. 5.4 miles away); Palm Coast, Florida (approx. 5.4 miles away); Levitt & I.T.T. 'De Bary' Model (approx. 5˝ miles away); City of Palm Coast September 11 Memorial (approx. 6.3 miles away); City of Palm Coast Military Memorial (approx. 6.3 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Palm Coast.
 
Also see . . .
1. Lehigh Greenway Rail Trail.
The railroad spur once carried cement and other materials to and from the Lehigh Portland Cement Plant in Flagler Beach. The trail connects US 1 north of Bunnell with Colbert Lane, running through the center of Palm Coast, through Graham Swamp and ending just west of the old Lehigh Portland Cement Company. (Submitted on March 1, 2017, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.) 

2. Lehigh Portland Cement plant included railroad spur.
During the Florida building boom, Lehigh Portland Cement Company built a cement plant at Flagler
Lehigh Trail Marker (<b><i>trail map</b></i>) image. Click for full size.
By Cosmos Mariner, January 8, 2013
3. Lehigh Trail Marker (trail map)
Trail map shows satellite aerial view of old cement plant ruins along east side of Colbert Lane (map bottom right corner). This map is on the obverse side of the historical marker.
Beach, according to a report on Flagler County's website. Construction of the plant cost $20 million, and opened for production in 1952. The Lehigh Railroad spur was built to transport the finished product to market and to bring supplies to the plant, the report states. (Submitted on March 1, 2017, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.) 

3. Lehigh Trail. Flagler County Parks and Recreation (Submitted on March 2, 2017.) 
 
Categories. Industry & CommerceMan-Made FeaturesRailroads & StreetcarsWar, World II
 
Former Portland Cement Plant Smokestack image. Click for full size.
By Cosmos Mariner, December 23, 2009
4. Former Portland Cement Plant Smokestack
Former Portland Cement plant ruins and smokestack are visible from the marker, across Colbert Lane to the south and east.
Lehigh Trail Boardwalk image. Click for full size.
By Cosmos Mariner, December 17, 2013
5. Lehigh Trail Boardwalk
Boardwalk connects trail across the swamp to actual site of former railroad spur.
Lehigh Trail Milepost image. Click for full size.
By Cosmos Mariner, January 8, 2013
6. Lehigh Trail Milepost
Old railroad mile post along the trail.
Lehigh Trail Canal image. Click for full size.
By Cosmos Mariner, December 17, 2013
7. Lehigh Trail Canal
Canal adjacent to old railroad spur
Lehigh Trail Segment through Graham Swamp image. Click for full size.
By Cosmos Mariner, February 15, 2012
8. Lehigh Trail Segment through Graham Swamp
Lehigh Trail: Overgrown Track & Rail Remnants image. Click for full size.
By Cosmos Mariner, March 25, 2010
9. Lehigh Trail: Overgrown Track & Rail Remnants
Lehigh Trail: Tree Inside Old Railroad Tracks image. Click for full size.
By Cosmos Mariner, March 25, 2010
10. Lehigh Trail: Tree Inside Old Railroad Tracks
Lehigh Trail: Railroad Switch Remnant image. Click for full size.
By Cosmos Mariner, March 25, 2010
11. Lehigh Trail: Railroad Switch Remnant
Lehigh Trail: Railroad Switch Remnant image. Click for full size.
By Cosmos Mariner, March 25, 2010
12. Lehigh Trail: Railroad Switch Remnant
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on August 1, 2017. This page originally submitted on March 1, 2017, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida. This page has been viewed 284 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6. submitted on March 1, 2017, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.   7, 8, 9. submitted on March 2, 2017, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.   10, 11, 12. submitted on March 3, 2017, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page.
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