• History

The WPA Guide to Florida

The Sunshine State
Author: Federal Writers' Project
Publisher: Trinity University Press
ISBN: 1595342087
Category: History
Page: 600
View: 3157
During the 1930s in the United States, the Works Progress Administration developed the Federal Writers’ Project to support writers and artists while making a national effort to document the country’s shared history and culture. The American Guide series consists of individual guides to each of the states. Little-known authors—many of whom would later become celebrated literary figures—were commissioned to write these important books. John Steinbeck, Saul Bellow, Zora Neale Hurston, and Ralph Ellison are among the more than 6,000 writers, editors, historians, and researchers who documented this celebration of local histories. Photographs, drawings, driving tours, detailed descriptions of towns, and rich cultural details exhibit each state’s unique flavor. In the 21st Century, Florida is a major center for industry and tourism; however, published in 1939, the WPA Guide to Florida exhibits a rather rural and quiet state. This guide gives an interesting perspective on the Sunshine State before its explosive growth starting in the 1950s, focusing on the state’s Seminole roots and Spanish influence as well as its lush, diverse landscape.


    • History

Backroads of Paradise

A Journey to Rediscover Old Florida
Author: Cathy Salustri
Publisher: N.A
ISBN: 9780813064604
Category: History
Page: 256
View: 3195
In the 1930s, the Federal Writers' Project sent mostly anonymous writers, but also Zora Neale Hurston and Stetson Kennedy, into the depths of Florida to reveal its splendor to the world. The FWP and the State of Florida jointly published the results as Florida: A Guide to the Southernmost State, which included twenty-two driving tours of the state's main roads. Eventually, after Eisenhower built the interstates, drivers bypassed the small towns that thrived along these roads in favor of making better time. Those main roads are now the state's backroads--forgotten by all but local residents, a few commuters, and dedicated road-trippers. Retracing the original routes in the Guide, Cathy Salustri rekindles our notions of paradise by bringing a modern eye to the historic travelogues. Salustri's 5,000-mile road trip reveals a patchwork quilt of Florida cultures: startling pockets of history and environmental bliss stitched against the blight of strip malls and franchise restaurants. The journey begins on US 98, heading west toward the Florida/Alabama state line, where coastal towns dot the roadway. Here, locals depend on the tourism industry, spurred by sugar sand beaches, as well as the abundance of local seafood. On US 41, Salustri takes us past the state's only whitewater rapids, a retired carnie town, and a dazzling array of springs, swamps, and rivers interspersed with farms that produce a bounty of fruit. Along US 17, she stops for milkshakes and hamburgers at Florida's oldest diner and visits a collection of springs interconnected by underwater mazes tumbling through white spongy limestone, before stopping in Arcadia, where men still bring cattle to auction. Desperately searching for skunk apes, the Sunshine State's version of Bigfoot, she encounters more than one gator on her way through the Everglades, Ochopee, and the Skunk Ape Research Headquarters. Following the original Guide, Salustri crisscrosses the state from the panhandle to the Keys. She guides readers through forgotten and unknown corners of the state--nude beaches, a rattlesnake cannery, Devil's Millhopper in Gainesville--as well as more familiar haunts--Kennedy Space Center and The Villages, "Florida's Friendliest Retirement Hometown." Woven through these journeys are nuggets of history, environmental debates about Florida's future, and a narrative that combines humor with a strong affection for an oft-maligned state. Today, Salustri urges, tourists need a new nudge to get off the interstates or away from Disney in order to discover the real Florida. Her travel narrative, following what are now backroads and scenic routes, guides armchair travelers and road warriors alike to historic sites, natural wonders, and notable man-made attractions--comparing the past views with the present landscape and commenting on the changes, some barely noticeable, others extreme, along the way.

    • History

Florida: A Guide To The Southern Most State

A Guide to the Southernmost State
Author: Federal Writers Project
Publisher: Somerset Publishers, Inc.
ISBN: 0403021618
Category: History
Page: 600
View: 5208
During the Great Depression of the 1930s thousands of writers were hired by the Works Project Administration to create hundreds of guidebooks on all of the states in the U.S. These volumes that were produced became known as theAmerican Guide Series. This series has been described as the biggest, fastest and most original research job in the history of the world.No library collection in Florida would be complete without a copy of Florida: A Guide To The Southern Most State.

    • Travel

Key West


Author: Sarah Goodwin-Nguyen
Publisher: Channel Lake, Inc.
ISBN: 0979204348
Category: Travel
Page: 170
View: 5137
There is so much to see and do in Key West, a vacation hotspot welcoming millions of visitors each year. In this completely independent guide, learn about the best of the city, including beaches, restaurants and bars, Duval Street attractions, hotels and guest houses, and more. This book will help you plan your next vacation to the Conch Republic.

    • Sports & Recreation

Guide to Sea Kayaking in Southern Florida

The Best Day Trips and Tours from St. Petersburg to the Florida Keys
Author: Nigel Foster
Publisher: Globe Pequot
ISBN: 9780762703364
Category: Sports & Recreation
Page: 227
View: 962
Nigel Foster leads kayakers on 40 trips, with many additional route alternatives, in the wildlife-rich marine habitats of southern Florida. Features thorough descriptions of the routes, including prominent landmarks and points of special interest; detailed maps; and overviews of southern Florida's weather, tide, and current patterns.

    • Travel

Secrets of the National Parks

The Experts' Guide to the Best Experiences Beyond the Tourist Trail
Author: National Geographic Society (U. S.)
Publisher: National Geographic Books
ISBN: 1426210159
Category: Travel
Page: 270
View: 2503
Identifies hidden treasures and lesser-known points of interest in each of America's national parks.

    • Biography & Autobiography

The Longest Road

Overland in Search of America, from Key West to the Arctic Ocean
Author: Philip Caputo
Publisher: Macmillan
ISBN: 0805094466
Category: Biography & Autobiography
Page: 304
View: 3937
Traces the author's 2011 road trip from the southernmost to the northernmost points of the United States to experience firsthand the country's diversity and political tensions in the face of a historic economic recession.

    • Sports & Recreation

Florida Keys Paddling Guide

From Key Largo to Key West
Author: Bill Keogh
Publisher: N.A
ISBN: 9780881505443
Category: Sports & Recreation
Page: 224
View: 3226
An all-new guide to sea kayaking trips throughout Florida's celebrated Keys.

    • Travel

The Book Lover's Guide to Florida


Author: Kevin M. McCarthy
Publisher: Pineapple Press Inc
ISBN: 9781561640126
Category: Travel
Page: 512
View: 2137
"Here is the book lover's literary tour of Florida, an exhaustive survey of writers, books, and literary sites in every part of the state. The state is divided into ten areas and each one is described from a literary point of view. You will learn what authors lived in or wrote about a place, which books describe the place, what important movies were made there, even the literary trivia which the true Florida book lover will want to know. You can use the book as a travel guide to a new way to see the state, as an armchair guide to a better understanding of our literary heritage, or as a guide to what to read next time you head to a bookstore or library."--Publisher.

    • History

Key West

History of an Island of Dreams
Author: Maureen Ogle
Publisher: N.A
ISBN: 9780813029931
Category: History
Page: 271
View: 7405
Parrotheads, Hemingway aficionados, and sun worshipers view Key West as a tropical paradise, and scores of writers have set tales of mystery and romance on the island. The city's real story--told by Maureen Ogle in this lively and engaging illustrated account--is as fabulous as fiction. In the two centuries since the city's pioneer founders battled Indians, pirates, and deadly disease, Key West has stood at the crossroads of American history. In 1861, Union troops seized control of strategically located Key West. In the early 1890s, Key West Cubans helped Jos� Mart� launch the Cuban revolution, and a few years later the battleship Maine steamed out of Key West harbor on its last, tragic voyage. At the turn of the century, a technological marvel--the overseas railroad--was built to connect mainland Florida to Key West, and in the 1920s and 1930s, painters, rumrunners, and writers (including Ernest Hemingway and Robert Frost) discovered Key West. During World War II, the federal government and the military war machine permanently altered the island's landscape, and in the second half of the 20th century, bohemians, hippies, gays, and jet-setters began writing a new chapter in Key West's social history.

    • Humor

Best. State. Ever.

A Florida Man Defends His Homeland
Author: Dave Barry
Publisher: Penguin
ISBN: 1101982624
Category: Humor
Page: 256
View: 1938
A brilliantly funny exploration of the Sunshine State from the man who knows it best: Pulitzer Prize winner and New York Times–bestselling author Dave Barry. We never know what will happen next in Florida. We know only that, any minute now, something will. Every few months, Dave Barry gets a call from some media person wanting to know, “What the hell is wrong with Florida?” Somehow, the state’s acquired an image as a subtropical festival of stupid, and as a loyal Floridian, Dave begs to differ. Sure, there was the 2000 election. And people seem to take their pants off for no good reason. And it has flying insects the size of LeBron James. But it is a great state, and Dave is going to tell you why. Join him as he celebrates Florida from Key West at the bottom to whatever it is that’s at the top, from the Sunshine State’s earliest history to the fun-fair of weirdness that it is today. It’s the most hilarious book yet from “the funniest damn writer in the whole country” (Carl Hiaasen, and he should know). By the end, you’ll have to admit that whatever else you might think about Florida—you can never say it’s boring. From the Hardcover edition.

    • Sports & Recreation

Florida Keys Paddling Atlas


Author: Bill Burnham,Mary Burnham
Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield
ISBN: 149302552X
Category: Sports & Recreation
Page: 128
View: 1878
A detailed color atlas of the Florida Keys from Key Largo to Key West designed for kayakers and other water enthusiasts interested in shallow water exploration.

Builder's Guide to Cold Climates

Details for Design and Construction
Author: Joseph Lstiburek
Publisher: Taunton Press
ISBN: 9781561583874
Category:
Page: 352
View: 5647

    • Travel

The Best Places for Everything

The Ultimate Insider's Guide to the Greatest Experiences Around the World
Author: Peter Greenberg
Publisher: Rodale Books
ISBN: 1609618300
Category: Travel
Page: 512
View: 2984
An all-access pass to the most unique, inspiring, and life-changing experiences on Earth. Travel isn't just about the destination—it's about the experience. Now, the very best places to experience anything—from bungee-jumping and French cooking classes to whitewater rafting and seeing the Northern Lights—are revealed and collected in this inspiring and definitive guide. New York Times bestselling author and travel expert Peter Greenberg shares more than two decades of his own extensive worldwide travel, uniquely organized by affinity, accessibility, and affordability. Whether readers are looking to embark on outdoor adventures or savor the simplest pleasures, there are hundreds of ideas here that are sure to inspire—from shark diving, train spotting, and cheesemaking to safari camping, truffle-hunting, scenic hot-air balloon rides—even the best authentic beginner Argentine tango class (the Hotel Mansion Dandi in Buenos Aires). Packed with fascinating facts, industry secrets, and expert advice, The Best Places for Everything is the definitive guide for thrill-seekers and armchair travelers alike. No matter what's on readers' wish lists, they will always end up in the perfect spot.

    • History

Key West on the Edge

Inventing the Conch Republic
Author: Robert Kerstein
Publisher: N.A
ISBN: 9780813038056
Category: History
Page: 373
View: 5693
Discusses the history of Key West from its first one hundred years to the present day; also discusses the effects of tourism on the Key West community.