Historic SoWal trivia

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  1. Sun Chaser

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    A thread for newcomers (and those who have been here a while but have often wondered) to ask the natives and long timers who/what/where/when.

    My first question: I remember driving 98 in Walton County from Destin to PCB back in the 80s and it was two lanes. Which existing two lanes are the original road, east or west bound? And when was the four lane opened up?
     
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    Wow the 4 laning was a huge milestone. Hard to remember the year. maybe around 2000? I think it was eastbound that was added.
     
  3. L.C. Bane

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    That sounds about right.
     
  4. Will B

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    Don't remember the exact timeline, but the original two lane stretch is gone. They worked it similarly to 331 to where it ultimately disappeared.
     
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    I can remember driving to Destin from SRB and veering off to the right on rew 98 at the outlet mall and driving into darkness that was blacker than ink! There were no lights at all for a while until development took over.
     
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    Another question: if you look on a map (satellite view) along Front Beach Road in PCB it looks like there WERE coastal dune lakes, but they have been cut off from the natural in/out flow by Front Beach Road. I assume that since SoWal was basically isolated and undeveloped for so long is what allowed for the SoWal coastal dune lakes to survive and be preserved. Anyone know if there were CDLs like SoWal's in Bay County?

    Map view of PCB: خرائط Google‏
     
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    I believe the pond to the North of Pineapple Willy's is/was a coastal dune lake.
     
  8. Jimmy T

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    The radar images on Google maps are interesting. Near several of the lakes, you can see some sort of drainage on the beach. Are there culverts under the sand?
     
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    I am pretty sure at one time there were several but they didnt realize what they had and many were filled in and built on.
     
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    About the four-laning of 98 - it was the eastbound lanes that were added. After that was done, the westbound lanes were widened and repaved as to match. I worked in the old Rivard Realty building when it was the South Walton Courthouse Annex and I remember being told that we were all sitting in the middle of the future westbound lane. It was hard to picture but now you can't even picture a building being there. Same with J.D. Miller's old gas station and former home further down.
     
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    I can't remember where LeBleus Cajun Kitchen was. Anyone recall?
     
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    If memory serves, right there...

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    On the North side of Hwy 98 Right to the West of Veterans Rd.
     
  14. Jerry Lewis

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    Enyone rember wher i put my reading basses?
     
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    On your nose?
     
  16. L.C. Bane

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    Reading bases? I don't follow.
     
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    Another question: Regarding the 331 bridge. I know the Southbound lanes are the original, and I remember those concrete picnic areas by the water. When was the original two lane built? Was the original wooden? Does anyone remember a time before the 331 bridge was built? Also, it appears the the land that the Southbound lanes are built on must have been filled in to create a peninsula coming from the North side of the bay, correct?
     
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    Yes it's a causeway. Not allowed these days.
     
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    331 was a draw bridge when I first moved here. Until a barge hit it.
     
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    Yes, it was a wood trestle bridge with a draw bridge. The causeways were always there from when it was first built. I don't have any real facts, but believe in was built 1936 or 1939. It was hit by a barge (sometime in the mid eighties) and cars had to be ferried across until it was repaired.
     
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