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Sanford in Seminole County, Florida — The American South (South Atlantic)
 

Steamboats

 
 
Steamboats Marker image. Click for full size.
By AGS Media, December 30, 2011
1. Steamboats Marker
Front side
Inscription. Where you are standing is the site of the first Central Florida's established expressway. Steamboat navigation on the St. Johns River provided the entry to Central Florida during the 19th century.

During the Second Seminole War (1835-42) the US Army established Fort Mellon on their wilderness shores, supplying nine named steamboats and some thirty chartered ships. Afterward steamboat traffic served to provide contact and trade to the sparsely settled region.

During the 1870s and '80s steamer travel reached its peak, filling the economic needs of the settlers and tourists who were rapidly moving into the area. Railroads were built south and west from Sanford beginning in 1880. The dovetailing of railroads and river traffic was accomplished by moving trains on the long piers built into the lake to attend waiting steamers.

(Reverse side):

Steamship lines with side wheelers running ships from Jacksonville to Sanford were the Brock Line 1853-77; Debary Line Merchant Line 1876-1883; Debary-Baya Merchant Line 1883-88; Clyde St. John River Line 1889-1933. Daily service between Jacksonville and Sanford was provided by these lines. Among the more well known ships were the Starlight, Fanny Dougan, Magnolia, Welaka, City of Jacksonville, and the Osceola, the only sternwheeler.

The railroad connection to Jacksonville
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By AGS Media, December 30, 2011
2. Steamboats Marker
Reverse side
in 1886 started a losing battle for the steamboats. They continued to operate until 1933 when both railroading and steamers had to bow to their common nemesis, the motor vehicle. Today, pleasure boats of all sizes ply the St. Johns River providing the same ambience enjoyed by the pioneer settlers.
 
Location. 28° 48.847′ N, 81° 15.956′ W. Marker is in Sanford, Florida, in Seminole County. Marker is at the intersection of East Seminole Boulevard and North Palmetto Avenue, on the left when traveling east on East Seminole Boulevard. Click for map. The marker is situated along the sidewalk near the entrance to Marina Island. Marker is in this post office area: Sanford FL 32771, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Citrus to Celery (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); The Gate City of South Florida (about 500 feet away); Veterans Memorial Park (about 700 feet away); Seminole County World War Monument (about 700 feet away); Second Seminole War (about 800 feet away); Civil War (about 800 feet away); World War II (approx. 0.2 miles away); City of Sanford World War Memorial (approx. 0.2 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Sanford.
 
Regarding Steamboats. The marker is capped with the Seminole County Historic
Steamboats Marker image. Click for full size.
By AGS Media, December 30, 2011
3. Steamboats Marker
Marker logo.
 
Categories. Industry & CommerceRailroads & StreetcarsWars, US IndianWaterways & Vessels
 
Side wheel steamboat <i>Starlight</i> image. Click for full size.
4. Side wheel steamboat Starlight
Courtesy: Florida Photographic Collection, State Library and Archives of Florida [RC04626]
Clyde Line Steamer <i>Osceola</i> at Sanford image. Click for full size.
circa 1913/19
5. Clyde Line Steamer Osceola at Sanford
Courtesy: Florida Photographic Collection, State Library and Archives of Florida [N040753]
Steamship <i>Magnolia</i> image. Click for full size.
circa 1920
6. Steamship Magnolia
Courtesy: Florida Photographic Collection, State Library and Archives of Florida [RC20005]
Paddle steamer <i>City of Jacksonville</i> image. Click for full size.
circa 1900
7. Paddle steamer City of Jacksonville
Courtesy: Florida Photographic Collection, State Library and Archives of Florida [RC06865]
<i>City of Jacksonville</i> at the DeBary Merchant Line dock in Sanford image. Click for full size.
8. City of Jacksonville at the DeBary Merchant Line dock in Sanford
Courtesy: Florida Photographic Collection, State Library and Archives of Florida [PR09768]
Marina Island image. Click for full size.
By AGS Media, December 30, 2011
9. Marina Island
The marker stands across Palmetto Avenue from this sign.
Shore of Lake Monroe image. Click for full size.
By AGS Media, December 30, 2011
10. Shore of Lake Monroe
 
 
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