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The Florida Cracker Trail

 
 
The Florida Cracker Trail Marker image. Click for full size.
By David Tibbs, January 20, 2008
1. The Florida Cracker Trail Marker
Inscription. This point is the western terminus of the Florida Cracker Trail designated by the Florida State Legislature in 1987. The Cracker Trail follows an east/west route across the State of Florida that has existed since approximately 1850. This trail was used by Florida's early settlers to traverse the state. It was primarily used to drive cattle from Florida's heartland to the coastal ports for shipment mainly to Key West and Cuba. The Confederate Army relied on cattle from this area and other Florida sites to fees its troops stationed through-out the South. The term, "Cracker," was derived from the sound of these early cowhunters cracking whips as they moved the cattle along this trail. Later, the words, "Florida Cracker," came to indicate a Florida native. One of the last major cattle drives along this route was in 1937. The Florida Cracker Trail runs through five counties from Bradenton to Ft. Pierce along portions of State Road 64, U.S. Highway 17, State Road 66, U.S. Highway 98, County Road 68, and U.S. Highway 441.
 
Erected 1988.
 
Location. 27° 29.713′ N, 82° 32.911′ W. Marker is in Bradenton, Florida, in Manatee County. Marker is at the intersection of Manatee Avenue East (State Road 64) and 14th Street East, on the left on Manatee Avenue East. Touch for map. This marker is located at the entrance to the Manatee Village Historical Park. Marker is in this post office area: Bradenton FL 34208, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. The Wiggins Store (within shouting distance of this marker); The Stephens House (within shouting distance of this marker); The Fogarty Boat Works (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); William Bassett Chapter (about 300 feet away); The 1887 Church (about 400 feet away); The Bunker Hill School (about 400 feet away); Florida's Earliest Courthouse Building (about 500 feet away); Manatee Burying Ground (about 500 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Bradenton.
 
Also see . . .
1. Florida Cracker Trail Association. "a not-for-profit corporation dedicated to preserving Florida's cattle and horse heritage and conducting an annual cross state horseback ride." (Submitted on June 3, 2011, by David Tibbs of Resaca, Georgia.) 

2. Florida Cracker Trail on Wikipedia. (Submitted on June 3, 2011, by David Tibbs of Resaca, Georgia.)
3. Manatee Village Historical Park. "Step back into time at the Manatee Village Historical Park. Visit this collection of restored buildings from Manatee County’s settlement history and experience life in Manatee County before the arrival of modern conveniences such as automobiles and electricity."
No Admission - Donations Appreciated. (Submitted on June 3, 2011, by David Tibbs of Resaca, Georgia.) 
 
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Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on June 3, 2011, by David Tibbs of Resaca, Georgia. This page has been viewed 2,015 times since then and 117 times this year. Photo   1. submitted on June 3, 2011, by David Tibbs of Resaca, Georgia. • Craig Swain was the editor who published this page.
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