Historic Markers Across Florida



Black Bear Trail



Marker ID: FLHM F-524
Location: Lake lily Dr, Maitland, FL
County: Seminole
Coordinates: N 28° 37.256    W 081° 21.972
  28.62093333    -81.3662
Style: Free Standing **
Waymark: WM192W
 



Text:

The Black Bear Trail, so-named because it ran through the natural habitat of the black bear, was organized by the Black Bear Trail, Inc., an association of officials of Chambers of Commerce, boards of trade and cities lying along the route of the new highway, whose objective was to provide a direct, safe route to historic and scenic sites from Canada to Florida. In April 1927, members of the Association marked the new route through Maitland along what is now Highway 17-92 by placing insignia showing a black bear painted on an orange oval background on both sides of telephone poles along the road. This road joined the Dixie Highway at Lake Lily and both names described this road from this point south. When completed, the Black Bear Trail ran from Quebec, Canada to St. Petersburg and Miami, Florida, and opened to travelers some of the most scenic areas in the country.Sponsors: the City of maiTland and the Florida Department of State


Notes:

City: Maitland, FL