Crystal River in Citrus County, Florida — The American South (South Atlantic)
Historic Crystal River Train Depot
The first railroad depot in Citrus County was located on this site soon after the completion of the county's first rail line from Dunnellon in 1887. Constructed by the Silver Springs, Ocala and Gulf Railroad, the spur line would be continued to Homosassa with service beginning in 1888.
The railroad was consolidated into the Savannah, Florida and Western Railroad in 1901, and a year later became part of the Atlantic Coast Line Company.
The railroad provided a better way to ship and receive goods and made it easier for tourists to travel. The depot became the hub of a growing business area since Crystal Street was the main road going east. The original depot burned down around 1900 and was rebuilt around 1901-1902.
At one time in the 1920's and 30's, there were four different trains arriving twice a day, including daily passenger service to Ocala. Rail service would eventually be discontinued in the late 1960's and the depot used for other purposes. In 1991, the Crystal River Lions Club leased the building. It is now a center of activity with clubs and organizations utilizing it and making it an important part
Erected by City of Crystal River.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Fraternal or Sororal Organizations • Railroads & Streetcars. A significant historical year for this entry is 1901.
Location. 28° 54.149′ N, 82° 35.508′ W. Marker is in Crystal River, Florida, in Citrus County. Marker is at the intersection of Northeast Crystal Street and Northeast 1st Avenue, on the left when traveling east on Northeast Crystal Street. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 109 NE Crystal St, Crystal River FL 34428, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 9 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Crystal Street Historic Oak Canopy (within shouting distance of this marker); Kings Bay Park (approx. 0.4 miles away); Bicentennial Park War Memorial (approx. 2.4 miles away); Florida Boom Sidewalk (approx. 6.8 miles away); Inglis Main Dam (approx. 7.7 miles away); Inglis Island Overlook (approx. 8˝ miles away); Inglis Lock (approx. 8.6 miles away); Felburn Park (approx. 8.6 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Crystal River.
Credits. This page was last revised on August 5, 2018. It was originally submitted on August 4, 2018, by Tim Fillmon of Webster, Florida. This page has been viewed 175 times since then and 16 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3. submitted on August 4, 2018, by Tim Fillmon of Webster, Florida. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page.