|Recently bought out, the owners now allow tours to take place... Yeah this is probably cheating but it's still a pretty cool place. They are cleaning it up to be put back into use... A little history before being bombed with pictures - |
Conceived in 1915 as the shortest route between the Atlantic and Pacific oceans, the Old Spanish Trail (OST) connecting St. Augustine, Florida and San Diego, California, took nearly fifteen years to construct at a cost of more than $80,000.000….
ABOUT THE BUILDING -
[This] is the shuttered Old Spanish Trail Store. Finished with buff and red brick, and accented by arches and terra cotta tile, the store up until a few years ago sold antiques, hand-made furniture, and real coonskin caps but now sits quiet. Local legend has it that behind the brick is an earlier building dating to 1839. This building, which served as a tavern and rest-over for the stage line, evolved over the years into a boarding house, restaurant, and much later a bawdy house run by the local sheriff, where “cheap booze and laughing women were both for sale.”
During the OST trail era, the building welcomed travelers with chilled drinks and cheap gas. The previous owners purchased the property in 1959 and covered the old wood frame structure with brick. Shaded by ancient palms, the Old Spanish Trail Store, though closed, is an important landmark of the old highway, and according to the owner, is constantly threatened by highway expansion.
Damn the man, save the empire!
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