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Fellsmere in Indian River County, Florida — The American South (South Atlantic)
 

Fellsmere Grade

 
 
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By Jay Kravetz, June 23, 2016
1. Fellsmere Grade Marker
Inscription. Fellsmere, the northernmost town in St. Lucie County in 1919, had a population of over 800 people. The county built the first public road to cross the St. Johns River marsh in St. Lucie County (now Indian River County). Promoted as the Fellsmere-Tampa cross state road, this road allowed travel between the interior and the coast. From 1919 until the 1940's, this road served as an important transportation route from Fellsmere, across the river to Kenansville, the sawmill at Holopaw, and the cattle markets of Kissimmee, but it never reached Tampa. During these decades it became a state road (SSR 170) and provided a corridor to Central Florida and a recreational access to the St. Johns River marshes. The town of Fellsmere was dependent on the sportsmen attracted to these resources. In the late 1940's the bridges burned across the river and the Fellsmere Grade ended in the marsh six miles from this site. Today this road serves the public as a recreational access.
 
Erected 1999 by St. Johns River Water Management District, Indian River County Historical Society, and Florida Department of State. (Marker Number F-404.)
 
Location. 27° 49.345′ N, 80° 36.448′ W. Marker is in Fellsmere, Florida, in Indian River County
Fellsmere Grade Marker image. Click for full size.
By Jay Kravetz, June 23, 2016
2. Fellsmere Grade Marker
. Marker is at the intersection of Fellsmere Grade Road and Babcock Street SE (County Route 507), on the left when traveling west on Fellsmere Grade Road. Click for map. Marker is in this post office area: Fellsmere FL 32948, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 7 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. The Fellsmere Railroad (approx. 3.4 miles away); Birthplace for Equal Suffrage for Women in Florida (approx. 3.4 miles away); The Marian Fell Library (approx. 3.6 miles away); Fellsmere Veterans Memorial (approx. 3.8 miles away); Fellsmere (approx. 3.8 miles away); Fellsmere Union Church (approx. 3.8 miles away); The Fellsmere Public School (approx. 3.9 miles away); Roseland (approx. 6.9 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Fellsmere.
 
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Fellsmere Grade Marker image. Click for full size.
By Jay Kravetz, June 23, 2016
3. Fellsmere Grade Marker
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Jay Kravetz of West Palm Beach, Florida. This page has been viewed 189 times since then and 5 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on , by Jay Kravetz of West Palm Beach, Florida. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 29, 2016.
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