Tuesday, April 12, 2016

Monroe Station Burns to the Ground {Everglades}

Back in August 2008, when this Blog was but a year old, I posted photos and recollection of my Jeep Wrangler visit in February 2006 to the Everglades and of gators, Loop Road, and Monroe Station...

Monroe Station Everglades Loop Rd  

This past weekend, after nearly 90 years of sitting along the Tamiami Trial, the historic structure burned to the ground:

Monroe Station Burns   

I was planning a ride along Loop Road on the Yamaha TW200 this past February, but a trip to Big Bend in Texas caused me to change plans...and put them on hold until next winter....for now, that trip is still planned, but it won't be the same, with the landmark that was {likely} torched this weekend past.

Loop Road is on a semi wild part of the north edge of the "Glades" ... if not to wet a 2 wheel drive is easy enough to travel with, all the way from Monroe Station, east towards Miami, where it hooks up with US 41 {Tamiami Trail} again....or of course you can travel from the east to west and come out at Monroe Station...sadly however, there will be no "Historical Point" to see...Sure, the building as been abandoned for nearly 30 years, but the history was deep...a product of a different life in south Florida, destroyed by fire and most of all by "Big Brother", the Federal Government, which is seems needs it's money grubbing, power hungry, hands on every bit of our
lives in the 21st Century....

Is it any wonder, true patriots, like me, despise this corrupt Government, in it's current state ?   The founding fathers weep....not only for places like Monroe Station, but for a Republic that once was, but will never be again...





All photos mine, from 2006, along Loop Road, except the historic 1940s photo from the National Park Service at the top and the Map of Loop Road...

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