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Melbourne in Brevard County, Florida — The American South (South Atlantic)
 

Tin Can Tourist Campground

 
 
Tin Can Tourist Campground Marker image. Click for full size.
By Jamie Cox, November 27, 2011
1. Tin Can Tourist Campground Marker
Inscription. Almost this entire block was a campground for tin can tourists in the year 1918(?) - 1923. Travelers from all over the country camped here in tents, homemade trailers and even wooden shelters built on the back of Model T Ford trucks. Out houses and hand pumps provided sanitary facilities and water. Campers washed in outdoor tubs. Cats, dogs and chickens roamed the campground. "Gospel cars" often came to the campground, bringing with them "hell-fire and collection plates". Campers would gather around a big campfire for hot dog roasts. Other activities included pine needle crafts and palmetto weaving by the women. The campground was the official meeting place for the local chapter of the Tin Can Tourists, a formal organization with headquarters in Tampa and a stated purpose of providing fellowship for its members.
 
Location. 28° 4.715′ N, 80° 36.499′ W. Marker is in Melbourne, Florida, in Brevard County. Marker is on New Haven Avenue, on the left when traveling east. Click for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 720 New Haven Avenue, Melbourne FL 32901, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Henegar School Complex (about 700 feet away, measured in a direct line); Myles Building (approx.
Shops At Site of Tin Can Tourist Campground image. Click for full size.
By Jamie Cox, November 27, 2011
2. Shops At Site of Tin Can Tourist Campground
0.2 miles away); Campbell Park (approx. 0.2 miles away); Orange Spot Inn (approx. 0.2 miles away); Florida East Coast Railroad (approx. mile away); Melbourne Hotel (approx. 0.3 miles away); History of the 1900 Building (approx. 0.3 miles away); The First Congregational Church of Melbourne (approx. 0.3 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Melbourne.
 
Additional keywords. Great Depression tourisim
 
Categories. Roads & Vehicles
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Jamie Cox of Melbourne, Florida. This page has been viewed 682 times since then and 7 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on , by Jamie Cox of Melbourne, Florida. • Craig Swain was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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