Category: Railroad History

Gordon Grade at Lower Hillsborough Preserve

Exploring in the Lower Hillsborough Wilderness Preserve near Cow House Creek I followed what appears to be an old railroad grade or logging tram. It is listed on a map from 1934 as “Gordon Grade” and it crossed over Cow House Creek. I could… Continue Reading “Gordon Grade at Lower Hillsborough Preserve”

Rocky Creek Railroad History at Upper Tampa Bay Trail

This paved trail in Hillsborough County known as the Upper Tampa Bay Trail was once a railroad line. Today it is used for recreational purposes and is a rails-to-trail. In fact it is one of my favorite places to go for runs from time… Continue Reading “Rocky Creek Railroad History at Upper Tampa Bay Trail”

Video Diary: Old Phosphate Mine in Citrus County

This was a really neat exploration I did in Citrus County where some of the old phosphate mining took place back in the 1800’s. Phosphate was and still is a big industry throughout Florida and is used for many purposes. This particular mine was… Continue Reading “Video Diary: Old Phosphate Mine in Citrus County”

Old Railroad Grade at Lake Wales Ridge State Forest

One of the places I enjoy exploring is Lake Wales Ridge State Forest in Polk County. Some of my early days as Florida Trailblazer were spent there so it is a place I like to return to when I can. I initially learned about how… Continue Reading “Old Railroad Grade at Lake Wales Ridge State Forest”