Titusville in Brevard County, Florida — The American South (South Atlantic)
JT&KW Railroad & Indian River Steamboat Wharf, 1885
The Indian River Steamboat Company was established by the railroad to furnish transport for its passengers to points south. Titusville immediately became the transportation hub of Florida’s East Coast. The railroad terminal at Broad Street greatly expanded the export of Indian River citrus, pineapples, and seafood as it opened the Indian River country to an influx of tourists and settlers.
By 1893, Henry Flagler’s Florida East Coast Railway reached Titusville and soon pushed southward, ending Titusville’s short-lived monopoly. Steamboats continued to ply these waters into the 1900s, but they steadily lost passengers to the railroad.
"Our people should not forget what the Jacksonville, Tampa, and Key West System has done… Without the JT&KW system and its steamboat
• Indian River Advocate, February 2, 1894
Erected by City of Titusville.
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Industry & Commerce • Railroads & Streetcars • Settlements & Settlers • Waterways & Vessels. In addition, it is included in the Florida East Coast Railroad and Hotels series list. A significant historical year for this entry is 1885.
Location. 28° 36.816′ N, 80° 48.259′ W. Marker is in Titusville, Florida, in Brevard County. Marker is on Broad Street east of Indian River Avenue, on the left when traveling east. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 188 Broad St, Titusville FL 32796, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Liberty Tree (here, next to this marker); Jules Verne vs. NASA’s Apollo 11 (a few steps from this marker); Robert H. Goddard’s First Liquid Fueled Rocket (a few steps from this marker); Project Mercury Memorial (a few steps from this marker); Striving For Peace Throughout The World (within shouting distance of this marker); S.S. Leopoldville (within shouting distance of this marker); The Tuskegee Airmen Of World War II (within shouting distance of this marker); Old Glory (within shouting distance of this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Titusville.
Credits. This page was last revised on August 13, 2018. It was originally submitted on January 14, 2018, by Brandon D Cross of Flagler Beach, Florida. This page has been viewed 252 times since then and 38 times this year. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on January 14, 2018, by Brandon D Cross of Flagler Beach, Florida. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page.