For centuries, men dreamed of cutting a canal across the Florida peninsula. Intended to reduce shipping times, it was championed in the early twentieth century as a way to make the mostly rural state a center of national commerce and trade. Rejected by the Army Corps of Engineers as ""not worthy,"" the project received continued support from Florida legislators. Federal funding was eventually allocated and work began in the 1930s, but the canal quickly became a lightning rod for controversy. Steven Noll and David Tegeder trace the twists and turns of the project through the years, drawing on a wealth of archival and primary sources. Far from being a simplistic morality tale of good environmentalists versus evil canal developers, the story of the Cross Florida Barge Canal is a complex one of competing interests amid the changing political landscape of modern Florida. Thanks to the unprecedented success of environmental citizen activists, construction was halted in 1971, though it took another twenty years for the project to be canceled. Though the land intended for the canal was deeded to the state and converted into the Cross Florida Greenway, certain aspects of the dispute - including the fate of Rodman Reservoir - have yet to be resolved. 40 black & white photographs, 5 maps
About the Author
Steven Noll is senior lecturer in history at the University of Florida, USA. David Tegeder is associate professor of history at Santa Fe College, USA.
- Contributor: Steven Noll
- Imprint: University Press of Florida
- ISBN13: 9780813061733
- Number of Pages: 352
- Packaged Dimensions: 156x235mm
- Packaged Weight: 589
- Format: Paperback
- Publisher: University Press of Florida
- Release Date: 2015-12-30
- Series: Florida History and Culture
- Binding: Paperback / softback
- Biography: Steven Noll is senior lecturer in history at the University of Florida, USA. David Tegeder is associate professor of history at Santa Fe College, USA.