One of the things I love about St. Augustine, there is an infinite range of historical places and places of interest. There are hundreds, if not thousands of interesting pieces of history that tourists go through every day. Only some try to know the things they see. Others simply create a set of facts that sound as if they know what they are talking about. I begin to talk to tourists about some of these monuments and listen to their theories about what they see.
The zero mark is one of the most misunderstood landmarks in St. Petersburg. St. Augustine Marker is a six-foot diameter stone ball and a brown plaque attached to it. Only the year "1928", which is inscribed on the board, prevents visitors from incorporating the stone into the nineteenth-century eighteenth-century tradition of Saint. Jan Augustyn. The plaque simply states that the monument forms the beginning of the Old Spanish Trail between St. Mary Augustine and San Diego, California.
Many tourists recall the vision of Spanish missionaries and soldiers passing from this marker through the United States to San Diego. The fact that the marker dates from 1928 does not change their speculation much. However, the facts are that the Old Spanish Trail does not come from the Spanish St. Augustine, but from Mobile, Alabama. The city of Mobile developed as a French, not a Spanish colony at Fort Louise de la Mobile.
In 1915, two north-south highways were planned – Dixie and Jackson. Both highways would increase traffic from northern tourists to Florida and New Orleans. Jackson was planning to drive through Mississippi instead of Alabama on his way to New Orleans. As a result, the Rotary Club of Mobile Alabama made efforts to lobby for the route through Alabama instead of Mississippi based on some statistics that showed that although the route through Alabama was longer, more people would benefit. Their attempt to lobby failed, which is why the urgent need to build the East-West route through Mobile has become more important than ever. As a result, a plan was created to create an east-west highway that would connect a mobile phone to New Orleans and Jacksonville and connect both north-south highways.
The Mobile Rotarian effort has gained momentum, and their goal was announced in 1915. Palmer Pillans, President of the Rotary Club promoted him as a highway connecting cities in Florida with Mobile and the coast of California.
To improve and romanticize the road, it was called the Old Spanish Trail. Although it is true that the road would connect many estates initiated by the Spaniards, the goal was what we would call marketing hype today.
In any case, the effort gained momentum to be stopped by World War I and serious logistical problems arising from natural barriers. In 1918, the project literally did not live in water. In 1919, Old Spanish Trial gained new life when product management moved to Texas. New management elected. Harral B. Ayers became the managing director of the Old Spanish Trail Association. Starting from the routes in Texas, he worked hard and provided the leadership and political influence necessary to implement the project in 1929.
To celebrate the ending, the Old Spanish Trail Association organized a large event in St. Petersburg St. Augustine, where a zero mile marker was dedicated. At the end of the event – the motorcycle set off on a trip to San Diego. There were those who went all the way and some did not. However, the road was still promoted with all the hype that its accidental Spanish connection could have developed well in the 1960s.