The Old Spanish Trail in Florida, essentially following old US 90, spans 455 miles. Beginning in St. Augustine, the trail traverses a diverse landscape, cutting across the Panhandle and ending in Pensacola.
Flagler College, St. Augustine: The Old Spanish Trail starts, fittingly, in St. Augustine, a city steeped in Spanish history and charming visitors with its narrow streets, old resort hotels, Spanish-style architecture, and near-tropical climate. Ponce de Leon Hotel (now Flagler College), the first hotel constructed by oil magnate Henry M. Flagler, embodies this charm and the spirit of the Old Spanish Trail.
Brick section, Wellborn: Two rare sections of old Florida State Road No. 1, historically carrying the Old Spanish Trail, still exist in Wellborn and Milton. Completed in 1921, this 9-foot-wide brick road was the first section of paved road in West Florida. A rare section of pre-paved Old Spanish Trail can be taken from Sneads approximately 17 miles west to the eastern limits of Marianna.
Abandoned motor court, De Funiak Springs: Countless examples of classic roadside architecture are observed along US 90. These cabins west of De Funiak Springs wither away in a field.
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