one of the latest Tamiami Trace outposts destroyed by fire

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Source:   —  April 10, 2016, at 10:48 PM

Monroe Sta was built in the one thousand nine hundred twenty and offered gas, food and security to motorists traversing what was once a remote highway.

One of only two remaining original outposts along the Tamiami Trace through Florida'south Everglades has been destroyed by fire.

Monroe Sta was built in the one thousand nine hundred twenty and offered gas, food and security to motorists traversing what was once a remote highway. The Huge Cypress National Preserve had been planning restoration for the long-abandoned wooden building in Ochopee.

Preserve spokesman Bob DeGross tells the News-Press (http://newspr. es/1S3Urvg ) the fire started late Saturday and remains under investigation.

Barron Gift Collier, an advertising entrepreneur who became Florida'south largest landowner and developer, helped obtain the hwy finished and built six outposts at roughly 10-mile intervals. The stations also served as sales centers, pitching nearby land to potential buyers.

The latest remaining outpost, Royal Palm Sta close Collier-Seminole State Park, survives as a gas station.

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Information from: The (Fort Myers, Fla.) News-Press, http://www. news-press. com

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