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The Pinellas Trail, or: "Who the Heck was Fred E. Marquis?"

I started this blog as an addendum to the "Ode to Otto", the recently departed primate from the Suncoast Primate Sanctuary, and quickly stumbled upon one question I'd never even thought to ask before:  "Who was Fred. E. Marquis, and what the heck did he have to do with the Pinellas Trail?  (Answer below.)  In the entire Tampa Bay area, I cannot think of a better way to get out and enjoy Florida than this thirty-plus mile stretch of asphalt known as the Pinellas Trail.

The Pinellas Trail is, for many locals, the best place to go in Tampa Bay for biking, walking, blading, and other fuel-alternative transportation.  Beginning in Tarpon Springs, it currently stretches 34 miles to Gulfport, but one day is slated for a grand total of some 47 miles of mainly converted railway.  Credit is given to a man whose son was killed while riding his bike, but was this man Fred E. Marquis?  Nope.

I did find some really useful stuff while researching the answer, however, such as milege maps:

Pinellas Trail N Mileage Now I know how far I'm really going!

There are many other helpful maps, and guides on the Pinellas Trail Guide site:

 About the Pinellas Trail
Pinellas Trail Map Locator
Overview Map of the Trail
Mileage from North Section
Mileage from South Section
Bikes on Buses

So, get your walking/running shoes out, the dog leash, or anything people-powered with wheels, and go see what Pinellas looks like from the trail side!

So, who was Fred, anyway?

Answer, from Wikipedia:

Trivia

  • The Pinellas Trail was named in honor of Fred E. Marquis, former Pinellas County Administrator who served from 1979 until 2000.
  • An average of 90,000 people use the Trail each month.

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Comment balloon 6 commentsLoretta Buckner • June 26 2007 07:50PM

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Great milage info!  I will start in the smaller corner ;)
Posted by Leah Ross, Tampa, Florida Mortgage (Your Tampa Bay Mortgage Source) almost 13 years ago
he he he...where do ya'll Hillsborough folks go?  I used to ride on Bayshore years ago...
Posted by Loretta Buckner, Your GREEN Real Estate Consultant For Life! (Real World Properties, Inc.| Your Real Estate Consultant for Life) almost 13 years ago
I hope you posted this on Localism as well.  Nice blog!
Posted by Marie Kletke, Broker - Long Beach Real Estate (iNet Realty) almost 13 years ago

I think I did...I'm still trying to figure all of this stuff out :-)

thank you, Marie!

Posted by Loretta Buckner, Your GREEN Real Estate Consultant For Life! (Real World Properties, Inc.| Your Real Estate Consultant for Life) almost 13 years ago
Lo!  You hit a home run with this post, I love the Pinellas Trail!  I love the biking more than the running and dog walking.
Posted by Scott Hoag, Preferred Lender / Mortgage Company (FBC Mortgage) almost 13 years ago

I've been noticing more and more improvements as well--more benches and signage.  My wish is to one day supply doggie bags & disposal units all along the way.

Where do you usually ride?

Posted by Loretta Buckner, Your GREEN Real Estate Consultant For Life! (Real World Properties, Inc.| Your Real Estate Consultant for Life) almost 13 years ago

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