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

Vero Beach Railway Station

 
 
Vero Beach Railway Station Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Tim Fillmon, December 26, 2017
1. Vero Beach Railway Station Marker
Inscription.  In 1893, Henry Flagler's railroad arrived in Sebastian, and reached Ft. Pierce in 1894, bypassing the tiny community of Vero. Flagler renamed his railroad the Florida East Coast Railway (FEC) in 1895. Because of agricultural growth in the area, Flagler returned and built the Vero Railway Station, which was a stop on the FEC by 1903. "Beach" was added to the city and station names in 1925. During the 1920s and the Great Depression, the community of Vero Beach continued to grow, and it doubled in size after World War II. Agriculture, especially citrus growing, kept the freight platform busy, but the Vero Beach Station closed when passenger service was suspended in the late 1960s. The passenger station was acquired from the FEC by the Indian River County Historical Society and moved to a city-owned parcel in Pocahontas Park, northwest of the original site in 1984. This parcel had been deed restricted for the relocation of the station sixty years prior. The station is used as an exhibit center for Indian River County history, and was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1987. It remains important to Vero Beach.
 
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2017 by The Indian River County Historical Society, Tourist development Council of Indian River County, and the Florida Department of State. (Marker Number F-970.)
 
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Railroads & Streetcars. In addition, it is included in the Florida East Coast Railroad and Hotels series list. A significant historical year for this entry is 1903.
 
Location. 27° 38.57′ N, 80° 23.952′ W. Marker is in Vero Beach, Florida, in Indian River County. Marker is on 14th Avenue just north of 23rd Street, on the right when traveling north. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 2336 14th Avenue, Vero Beach FL 32960, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Courthouse Executive Center (approx. 0.2 miles away); Community Building (approx. 0.2 miles away); William Jennings Bryan (approx. 0.2 miles away); Centennial Fountain (approx. 0.2 miles away); Simmons / Seminole Building (approx. 0.2 miles away); City of Vero Beach (approx. ¼ mile away); The Pueblo Arcade (approx. ¼ mile away); Theater Plaza (approx. ¼ mile away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Vero Beach.
 
Also see . . .  Vero Beach Railway Station. (Submitted on January 1, 2018, by Tim Fillmon of Webster, Florida.)
 
Vero Beach Railway Station Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Tim Fillmon, December 26, 2017
2. Vero Beach Railway Station Marker
Vero Beach Railway Station Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Tim Fillmon, December 26, 2017
3. Vero Beach Railway Station Marker
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on January 2, 2018. It was originally submitted on January 1, 2018, by Tim Fillmon of Webster, Florida. This page has been viewed 306 times since then and 21 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on January 1, 2018, by Tim Fillmon of Webster, Florida. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page.

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