Gunn Highway in western Pasco and Hillsborough counties is known for being a a well-traveled suburban Tampa road and its proximity to Citrus Park Mall. However, a long, storied history is associated with this once 30-plus mile stretch of road.
Lake Monroe is a large bulge in the St. Johns River–Florida’s longest river. On the south shore of Lake Monroe sits the City of Sanford, population of around 55,000 people.
Hello to everyone. I am glad you have found this site.
My name is Steve. I live in Temple Terrace, Florida and want to share my roadgeek passion with all of you.
From a young age, I loved to read maps. Local city maps, maps in the phone book, road atlases, large wall maps of North America. At age 4, a puzzle of the entire United States with all the state capitals listed (I memorized all 50 states, and have since forgotten about 15). Later on, I bought a map on CD-ROM which covered the entire nation. From there, it was Yahoo Maps, MapQuest, Google Maps, and my favorite, Google Earth.
In taking after my father, I enjoyed being on a drafting board from a young age. I drew long roadways, taped together end-on-end, on page after page of 8 1/2 x 11 paper. They’d start out at 2-lane highways and 4-lane interstates. They’d end up as 4- and 6-lane highways and 10-lane interstates, complete with new intersections and interchanges.
Enough of the history lesson from me, though. I will go back into my past when it’s necessary. I’ll try not to tell the same stories.
As Take The Highway gets bigger, some of what you should expect:
•Road trips: I will share some of my favorite road trips around the state of Florida mostly, but also a few others I’ve taken.
•Different highways: I will cover the different highways and byways. I will talk about the known ones, and will definitely talk about the lesser-known ones.
•Crossroads — A Series of Towns located on major thoroughfares: Read about the cities, towns, and junctions where two or more major roads meet.
•Roadside Attractions: Along the highways, check out some of the things along the way.
•Realignments of Highways: Many towns and cities have had their downtown bypassed by major thoroughfares, such as US highways and State Highways for a variety of reasons. I will do a then and now segment on select towns and the roads that once serviced them.
•Much, much more: Even more than I can anticipate. Stay tuned!
Welcome to the Take the Highway Blog, and jump on the highway. Please let me know how you like this. Suggestions and comments are always welcome.