The Old Brick Road – Bunnell, Florida - Atlas Obscura

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The Old Brick Road

Bunnell, Florida

Part of a highway network meant to connect Miami to Montreal, this 10-mile stretch of road made from red bricks is still around 100 years later. 

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In 1914, a highway system called Dixie Highway was a network of roads that was meant to connect Miami to Montreal, Canada. The prime leader and investor of this operation was American entrepreneur Carl G. Fisher.

By 1916, this portion of the highway near the Florida town of Espanola was complete. With tourists coming down to visit Florida’s east coast, this road would have hundreds of visitors a day driving the road on their Model T’s. By the mid-1920s, the project had a network of more than 5,000 miles of interconnected roads across 10 states.

However, the road would become obsolete in 1926 when the new road US-1 was built along the east coast of Florida close to its beaches, from Key West all the way to Jacksonville. The Dixie Highway Association was disbanded in 1927, and much of the system was absorbed in other national and state routes.

Although this road is not a main route to take anymore, it is still there, and stretches for a little over 10 miles. Many of its red bricks are still intact, and you can see an engraving on them: “GRAVES B’HAM,ALA” for the Graves Brick Company in Birmingham, Alabama. (You’ll also find some of these bricks in the streets of St. Augustine.)

If you’re looking to experience what the route was like as a tourist over 100 years ago, all you have to do is follow this red brick road.

Know Before You Go

As of June 2023, the section of the road in Bunnell is restricted on both sides (dead end/no outlet - fenced off). A small portion of the road is accessible via Forgotten Lane. There is a turn-around.

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