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Historical Marker Dedicated to the Great 1909 Auto Race

Historical Marker Dedicated to the Great 1909 Auto Race

This historical marker reads: "Great 1909 Auto Race. From this point in front of The Tampa Daily Times Building on Nov. 23, 1909, was started the Tampa-to-Jacksonville "endurance run" to promote good roads for Florida. Sixteen vehicles, plus the "confetti" pathfinding car and a press car, made the grueling four-day round trip. There were many breakdowns, an accident or two and numerous other tribulations as the early models made their way through the mud and the woods across streams. The promotion did, indeed, spark bond issues and construction of highways in the state. The event was sponsored by the Tampa Auto-mobile Club and The Tampa Daily Times. (Tampa Historical Society and AAA Motor Clubs of Florida)
Galleries: Auto Racing, Coral Castle, Hillsborough
Keywords: downtown, florida, great 1909 auto race, historical marker, tampa
Photo Location: Tampa, FL
Photographer: Dr. Roy Winkelman
Date of Photo: 01/06/2006
Device Make: Canon
Device Model: Canon PowerShot A95
Exposure Time: 1/60
F Number: 28/10
Original Dimensions: 2224×1848
Picture Orientation: Landscape
GPS Coordinates: 27°56'50"N 82°27'31"W
Picture Number: 13796