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North Tamiami Trail: A Drive Through Sarasota History

North Tamiami Trail: A Drive Through Sarasota History

The growth and development of Sarasota's North Tamiami Trail is chronicled by renowned local writer and historian Jeff

LaHurd in this colorful pictorial guide to the gateway to Sarasota during the 20th Century. The North Tamiami Trail: A Drive Through Sarasota History was commissioned by the Sarasota Alliance for Historic Preservation to highlight the rich history of this stretch of the Tamiami Trail and help familiarize readers with the historic structures that still exist, and memorialize many of those that have been lost to development.

Supplementing Jeff's work on the physical aspects of the Trail's history, the Sarasota Alliance for Historic Preservation has provided an introduction that puts the Trail's history in a social context. We provide a broad overview of the history of Overtown, the Sarasota's first African American community. Located adjacent to North Trail, its residents helped build its history, but were not able to enjoy its benefits until later in the 20th Century.

Finally, the book provides the reader with a detailed map to facilitate self-exploration of the North Trail, its surviving businesses and its history.