For thousands of years small herds of bison traveling in line one behind another, blazed trails through the Forests of North America to the next grassland or watering hole. They followed the high ground above the flood plains of the rivers, lakes, and swamps and in so doing blazed the future 'high ways'. Explorers followed them into the American Wilderness. In Florida, a cavalcade of people followed the bison trails - Paleolithic hunters, Neolithic farmers, Ocali, Spanish Explorers, English Traders, Seminoles, Settlers, Post Riders, & Circuit Riders. During the Seminole Wars, the Army straightened out and shortened many of the trails with corduroy and bridges through and over the swamps and rivers. The trails became known as Wagon Roads. In 1828 the Army constructed a wagon road with 80 axe men between Fort Brooke (on Tampa Bay) and the Alachua Settlements at Micanopy. It passed by the Indian Agency and north along what is now 30th Avenue. A side road was constructed to the newly constructed Fort King. The road between Tampa and the Fort became known as the Fort King Road. It roughly follows U.S. 301 today. During the Second Seminole War (1835-42) more military roads were constructed fanning out in all directions from Fort King. You stand on what was possibly the military road from Fort King to the Fort McKay (Fort McCoy) and Palatka (CR 315). It would have looked very similar to what you see ahead of you. In Territorial Florida, 'All Roads Led to Fort King'. The last known bison herd east of the Mississippi River was slaughtered for their tongues by Kentucky 'Long Hunters' in 1834. By 1890, the 60 Million Bison that once ranged free in the North American Plains and Forests had been reduced to 750 by Government sanctioned 'Buffalo Hunters'. They were saved from extinction by a few conscientious Americans. Thanks to them, America's first trail blazers are still with us.