Following the Brick Road
A Journey into Palm Coast
It all started when I noticed a news evengt that had occurred at the intersection of the Old Dixie Highway and U.S. 1.
What I had hoped would be a feature on the Old Dixie Highway did not get very far. That story will just have to wait.
Instead, I share with you an interesting tale about a Brick Road.
This Brick Road is actually made of bricks and is in fact part f the aforementioned Old Dixie Highway.
Nine miles long and just nine feet week, "the Old Brick Road is a slowly decaying monument to a slowly decaying way of life" wrote Bryce Myers in a fascinating piece now part of the Flagler County Library archives.
According to old timers, the bricks taken from the old road were used to build a number of structures in Bunnell, including the gymnasium at Bunnell Elementary School (which was then a high school as well). One person took a pile of the bricks himself and used them to build a fireplace and patio in his home.
"We would drive from [Bunnell] to the beach," he said, "and not pass one car on the way." At nine feet wide, the road could accommodate only one Model T-sized-vehicle at a time; passing cars had to pull off to let one another by
A few miles north of Espanola on the part of the road still surviving are the remnants of what was another traveler's haven - Flagler City. Planners of the town had grand visions for it; a grid of sidewalks were carved into the brush and a gas station erected. Nothing more was built.
Today there is a small stretch of brick road that still exists - though they continue to disappear for souvenirs and other uses. But one can still travel in it connecting either to 204 and I-95 or to the Old Dixie Highway - truly a journey beyond the interstate and off the beaten path.
It may not be to yellow, but this brick road is still worth following.