History of the Dixie Highway

US 1, also known as the Dixie Highway, has a rich history in the state of Florida. The highway stretches from the Florida Keys all the way to the border of Maine, passing through several major cities including Miami, Key West, and Jacksonville.

The first plans for a road connecting the east coast of Florida were made in the early 1900s. The road was intended to connect the small fishing village of Miami to the tourist destination of Key West. The road, which would later become known as US 1, was built primarily by private individuals and businesses, with the help of a small amount of government funding.

In the 1920s, the Dixie Highway Association was formed to promote and improve the road. The association was successful in getting the state of Florida to take over maintenance of the road and in 1924, US 1 officially became a federal highway.

During the 1930s, the road underwent significant improvements, including the construction of bridges to replace ferries and the straightening of dangerous curves. The road also became a major route for military personnel and supplies during World War II.

In the post-war years, US 1 continued to grow in popularity as a major transportation route and tourist destination. The highway saw a significant increase in traffic and development, leading to the construction of new hotels, restaurants, and attractions along the route.

Today, US 1 is an important transportation corridor for the state of Florida, connecting major cities and tourist destinations. The section of US 1 that runs through New Smyrna Beach, where NSB Watch is located, is a bustling area filled with local businesses and attractions for visitors to enjoy. The history of US 1 in Florida is a testament to the determination and hard work of those who have worked to improve and maintain this important highway over the years.