Historic Markers Across Florida

The Walking Dredge

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Location: at the dredge display in Collier-Seminole State Park, 17 miles south of Naples on U.S. 41.
County: Collier
Waymark: None


This Bay City Crawler or "Walking Dredge" built in Bay City, Michigan was one of several types of dredges used to build the Tamiami Trail in the 1920´s.

It looks primitive to us, but in its day it was regarded as a mighty machine that had performed an engineering marvel in the construction of a highway through the treacherous Everglades and Big Cypress Swamp, connecting Tampa with Miami.