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Collier-Seminole State ParkBay City Walking Dredge

The Bay City Walking Dredge is a unique and historic piece of American ingenuity. Take a drive down US 41 to Collier-Seminole State Park to witness and walk on the machinery that built the Tamiami Trail.   Explore the links below. To feature your Naples, Everglades, south Florida attractions, contact us.

Collier-Seminole State Park, Naples, FL

Bay City Walking Dredge

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The Bay City Walking Bridge recently became a national registered historic site (May 2013). Collier-Seminole State Park is performing repairs on the famous dredge.  The machine is now resting quietly on the park grounds. During its operation, the Dredge was a noisy and dirty workhorse that chugged and clanked its way through the insect and reptile infested swamps to dig out the muck and reveal the limestone surface for the building of the “Tampa to Miami” road – now known as the “Tamiami Trail”.

Hard-working Florida men traveled along with the dredge often working ten-hour days in the sweltering heat. Meece Ellis and Earl Ivey worked the Dredge and live on floating barges or trailers pulled by tractors.

Bay City Dredge

A sign explains how the Dredge made the roadway possible.

 Barron Collier invested much of his personal fortune to help finish the road. The Bay City Walking Dredge was honored by the American Society of Mechanical engineers in 1994 and the Dredge was named a National Historic Mechanical engineering Landmark. We salute the machine and the men who invested and worked it. Views it at Collier Seminole State Park in Collier County.

FLORIDA STATE PARKS
Collier Seminole State Park
20200 Tamiami Trail East (US 41)
Naples, FL 34112
Ph: 239-394-3397
The park offers camping and is the site of the now-retired Bay City Walking Dredge.

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