The Great Florida Road Trip

WPA map of Florida
The WPA map to Florida, circa 1939. Note the lack of interstates.

In the 1930s, the federal government paid writers with no money and no prospects (that’s everyone but Jenny Lawson and Tom Clancy, y’all) to tour the country, state by state. The resulting Guide to the Southernmost State left us with a detailed guidebook to 1930s-Florida.

This meant Florida had one hell of a tour guide before tour guides were fashionable. Then everyone ignored it for almost 80 years, until I traveled almost 5,000 miles inside the Sunshine State retracing those roads. In 2016, the University Press of Florida released my book, Backroads of Paradise, and it got attention in the New York Times (among other newspapers).

Buy my book — available in hardcover now and paperback in fall 2017 — and also see the state through the eyes of someone who loves it, not a content aggregator looking for web traffic.