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Polk Historical Museum Exhibit Looks at Beginning of Our Road Systems

Published: Tuesday, June 12, 2012 at 11:56 p.m.
Last Modified: Tuesday, June 12, 2012 at 11:56 p.m.

The beginning of Polk's modern road system is the topic of a new exhibit at the Polk Historical Museum,

The exhibit, "Good Roads in Polk," will run through Sept. 8.

It documents the decision by Polk County's leaders around 1915 to build 240 miles of improved roadways at a cost of $1.5 million. Their goal was to connect all of Polk County's cities, facilitate cheap transportation for agricultural products and to deliver mail.

At the time there were only 876 licensed motor vehicles in Polk County.

Admission to the Polk County Historical Museum in Bartow is free. The museum is open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Friday, and 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday. The museum is at 100 E. Main St. in Bartow.

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