According to usends.com US Route 27 ("US 27") was extended from Chattanooga, TN to Tallahassee, FL during 1934. US 27 can be seen with a south terminus at US 90 in Tallahassee on the 1936 Florida State Road Department Map.
On 6/10/1948 the Florida State Road Department made a formal request to the AASHO Executive Committee to extend US 27 from Tallahassee southward to Miami. The Florida State Road Department made note that US 27 would need to use a temporary routing from Leesburg south to Sebring. This temporary routing of US 27 was necessary due to numerous new planned State Road segments not yet having been completed.
US 27 can be seen on the 1948 Shell Highway Map of Florida following Okeechobee Road into the City of Miami and terminating at US 1/Biscayne Boulevard via NW 36th Street.
US 27 is shown to be realigned onto a new Temporary routing from Lake Alfred to Lake Wales using the following routing on the 1951 Shell Highway Map of Florida:
- US 17 east from Lake Alfred to FL 17 in Haines City.
- FL 17 south to FL 60 in Lake Wales.
- FL 60 west to the modern alignment of US 27.
In a letter from the Florida State Road Department to the AASHO dated 5/14/1956 a request was made to reroute US 27/US 98 off of FL 17 from Avon Park south to Sebring. The Florida State Road Department letter cites a segment of FL 25 from Avon Park-Sebring as being recently completed. According to the letter the Florida State Road Department entered into an agreement dated 6/23/1948 (as seen above) with the AASHO to temporarily route US 27 along FL 17 between Avon Park-Sebring as part of the approval to extend the highway to Miami.
A letter dating 11/30/95 by the AASHTO to the Florida Department of Transportation reveals much of the odd history of numerous attempts by the State of Florida to establish Alternate corridors of US 27 south of Interstate 4:
- During June of 1954 the AASHO denied a request to add a US 27A segment over FL 17 from Haines City south to Frostproof.
- During November of 1954 the AASHO denied a request to add a US 27A segment originating in Leesburg. The requested US 27A segment would have traversed Orlando and Kissimmee onward to Avon Park via Frostproof.
The AASHTO does note that the United States Numbered Highway logs from; 1969, 1974, 1979 and 1989 do list a US 27A from Haines City south to Frostproof.
A Florida Department of Transportation reply to the AASHTO on 10/2/1995 notes a State Representative announced a US 27A segment from Haines City south to Frostproof in the Tampa Bay Tribune on 5/1/1958. This announcement does not appear to have ever been backed by an official AASHO approval designating US 27A from Haines City south to Frostproof.
In total it is estimated that there was at least 2,500 fatalities related to the Lake Okeechobee Hurricane in Florida. A general list of the communities destroyed by the Lake Okeechobee Hurricane include; Port Mayaca, Sand Cut, Canal Point, Pahokee, Belle Glade, South Bay, Okeelanta, Bean City, Ritta Island, Lake Harbor, Chosen, and Kreamer Island. Some communities like South Bay and Belle Glade eventually were rebuilt but others became ghost towns largely wiped clean.
In response to the Lake Okeechobee Hurricane the Herbert Hoover Dike was built around the lake to a modern height of approximately 20 feet. The Dike was eventually expanded to almost completely encircle the lake which allowed only shipping to occur via flood control locks. Most of the communities destroyed by the Lake Okeechobee Hurricane were in the sugar fields on the south side of the lake in Palm Beach County in the Everglades watershed.
North New River Canal is a heavy modification of the north fork of the New River. Construction of the North Fork New River Canal began in 1906 and was completed by 1912. The North Fork New River Canal can be seen on a 1917 Rand McNally Map of Florida flowing south from Lake Okeechobee towards Broward County.