How Humans Have Shaped the SW Florida Landscape

Apr 23, 2015

Tamiami Trail Construction Crew in Aug. 1921
Credit Matlack Collection, HistoryMiami

The Tamiami Trail refers to the southernmost 264 mile portion of U.S. Highway 41 stretching from Tampa to Miami.  Construction of the east-west portion of the road through the Everglades was considered a monumental feat of engineering.  On Saturday, April 25 the Museum of the Everglades recognizes the 87th anniversary of the opening of the Tamiami Trail with a series of events including a lecture by Melissa Timo with the Florida Public Archeology Network titled, “The Tamiami Trail and Other Projects of Profound and Unintended Consequence:  The Archaeology of How Humans Have Shaped the Southwest Florida Landscape.”  

WGCU’s John davis recently spoke with Timo for a closer look at how this, and other engineering projects dating back to prehistoric times, have impacted the way people live in Southwest Florida. 

Florida Public Archeology Network Public Archeology Coordinator Melissa Timo’s lecture begins at 11:00 a.m. April 25 at the Museum of the Everglades in Everglades City. More information on the event can be found online at