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The marker reads: "CHANDLER'S TOURIST CAMP 1925-1929. In 1915, construction began on the Dixie Highway system that linked Florida with the Midwest via highways running from Michigan through Tallahassee along Old St. Augustine Road toward Miami. In the 1920s, the number of auto tourists visiting Florida increased dramatically. Roadside accommodations and inexpensive lodging were very limited. Some early auto tourists, later called Tin Can Tourists, modified their automobiles to provide sleeping quarters, kitchen equipment, and barrels of water as they traveled to what were then remote locations. Gilbert S. Chandler, Sr., an asparagus farmer from Minneapolis, Minnesota, and a pioneer of the tourist camp industry in Florida, leased seven acres of city land south of the Capitol on Adams Street to begin an auto camp in 1925. Chandler’s camp consisted of a store, a laundry, a community center, a bathhouse, and three tiny tourist cabins with electricity and homemade furniture. As auto tourism continued to grow, Chandler’s Tourist Camp moved to Lake Ella in 1929 to take advantage of tourist traffic on the Old Spanish Trail that linked Florida to California. The vacated city property became the Ben Bridges ball field before state buildings were built there in the 1960s. F-817 A FLORIDA HERITAGE SITE SPONSORED BY THE FAMILY OF GILBERT S. CHANDLER, SR. THE FAMILY OF O.I. GRAMLING, SR., DEBORAH DESILETS IN MEMORY OF HARVEY A. "COACH" DESILETS AND THE FLORIDA DEPARTMENT OF STATE 2014" Top of sign: Florida Heritage emblem

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30 deg 25' 57.34", 84 deg 16' 54.01"

Rights Statement


Taylor, George Lansing, Jr.; Lance Taylor; Photographers -- Florida –Jacksonville; Photograph collections -- Florida – Jacksonville; Historic markers – Florida – Leon County; Tallahassee, Fla.; Florida Heritage Landmark; Tourism – Florida; Auto camps; Tin Can tourism


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