Historic Markers Across Florida

Military Trail

Marker ID: FLHM F-631
Location: On Perry Ave at W Indiantown Rd, Jupiter, FL
County: Palm Beach
Coordinates: N 26° 56.058    W 080° 06.105
  26.9343    -80.10175
Style: Free Standing **
Waymark: WM53N9


Military Trail

After the second battle of the Loxahatchee (January 24, 1838) during
the Second Seminole War (1835-1842). Maj. Gen. Thomas S. Jesup
directed Maj. William Lauderdale, commander of the Tennessee
Battalion of Volunteers to cut a trail south from Ft. Jupiter to Ft.
Dallas (present day Miami), Lauderdale's mission was to capture
Seminoles who had escaped the Loxahatchee battle. On March 2,
the U.S. Third artillery regiment, marched south, following the Seminoles.
To avoid swamps and lagoons, they kept to the higher coastal pine
ridge that extended from Ft. Jupiter to the New River, where Lauderdale
built a fort (in present day Ft. Lauderdale), and moved on to Ft.
Dallas. Because Lauderdale's command had blazed a trail covering 63
miles through overgrown terrain in only 4 days the route was
designated "Lauderdale's Trail." It was used for military operations through
the end of the Third Seminole War in 1858, and became
known as "Military Trail." Now a major commercial thoroughfare,
Military Trail is a remnant of a long and dramatic history of the
Seminole Wars in Florida.

A Florida Heritage Site
Jupiter Town Council
and the Florida Department of State


More Information:
Wikipedia - Seminole Wars
Florida Center for Instructional Technology - The Seminole Wars