1889 sketch of Lake Boca Raton

1889 sketch of Lake Boca Raton

1889 sketch of Lake Boca Raton by civil engineer Arthur Wrotnowski’s illustrating a survey for the construction of an inland waterway from St. Augustine to ‘Cocoa-nut Grove’, Fla., made by Chicago railway and inland waterway engineer Elmer C. Corthell. The survey was made to induce George Bradley and other wealthy investors to join in the enterprise. Courtesy, Hay Library, Brown University, Providence, RI.

Road Scholars on Tour on the Intracoastal Waterway

Road Scholars on Tour on the Intracoastal Waterway

Group of Road Scholars on tour of the Intracoastal Waterway in Fort Lauderdale led by Lawyer/Historian Bill Crawford. To amplify voice and screen out boat noise, I wore a head set and a microphone while the ‘Scholars’ wore adjustable ear buds to increase/decrease sound as needed.

In the distance is the relatively recent E. Clay Shaw, Jr. Bridge, named in honor of the area’s longtime congressman who recently passed away. Clay was responsible for obtaining a significant amount of the funding needed for construction. Beyond the bridge lies Port Everglades, one of the busiest passenger cruise line ports on the Atlantic coast, opened in 1927. Courtesy, Claire M. Crawford.