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Branford in Suwannee County, Florida — The American South (South Atlantic)
 

Steamboating on the Suwannee

 
 
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By Julie Szabo, March 8, 2009
1. Steamboating on the Suwannee Marker
Inscription. In the late 19th century, steamboats docked regularly at the old depot in Branford (originally called Rowland's Bluff) when the settlement was a major port on the Suwannee River. From here the steam powered vessels carried the region's cotton, lumber, and naval stores to market. In 1882, the depot also became the terminus for the Live Oak and Rowland's Bluff Railroad. Steamboat traffic ended on the Suwannee before 1920, but the depot continued in use as a railroad station for many years. The wrecks of the steamboats "Madison", the "City of Hawkinsville" and others that lie on the river's bottom are reminders of a vanished era. In 1982, the Branford Shrine Club purchased the depot from the S.C.L Railroad and moved it to its present site for use as a club house and community center.
 
Erected 1995 by Florida Department of State, Sandra B. Mortham, Secretary of State. (Marker Number F-365.)
 
Location. 29° 57.324′ N, 82° 55.691′ W. Marker is in Branford, Florida, in Suwannee County. Marker is at the intersection of U.S. 27 and Ivey Memorial Park Drive, on the right when traveling east on U.S. 27. Click for map. Just over the Suwannee River bridge when heading from Grady to Branford. Marker is in this
Steamboating on the Suwannee Marker image. Click for full size.
By Julie Szabo, March 8, 2009
2. Steamboating on the Suwannee Marker
post office area: Branford FL 32008, United States of America.
 
Categories. 20th CenturyIndustry & CommerceWaterways & Vessels
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Julie Szabo of Oldsmar, Florida. This page has been viewed 1,199 times since then and 100 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on , by Julie Szabo of Oldsmar, Florida. • Kevin W. was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
 
Editor’s want-list for this marker. Pictures of the old Branford depot. • Can you help?
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