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Port St. Joe in Gulf County, Florida — The American South (South Atlantic)

Florida's First Railroad

Florida's First Railroad Marker image. Click for full size.
By Tim Fillmon, 1981
1. Florida's First Railroad Marker
Inscription.  Florida's first railroad was constructed for the Lake Wimico & St. Joseph Canal & Railroad Company. Work began in 1835 and the first train ran in March 1836. The line extended nine miles from St. Joseph to Lake Wimico. The state's first steam locomotive was added in 1837. Economic distress, shallow lake waters, and a yellow fever epidemic combined to cause the abandonment of the line in 1839 and the decline of St. Joseph by 1840.
Erected 1961 by Florida Board of Parks and Historic Memorials. (Marker Number F-21.)
Location. Marker has been reported missing. It was located near 29° 47.561′ N, 85° 18.099′ W. Marker was in Port St. Joe, Florida, in Gulf County. Marker was at the intersection of Constitution Drive (U.S. 98) and Gautier Memorial Lane, on the right when traveling north on Constitution Drive. Marker was located on the grounds of Constitution Convention Museum State Park. Touch for map. Marker was in this post office area: Port Saint Joe FL 32456, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 4 other markers are within 14 miles of this location, measured as the crow flies. The Florida Constitution
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(approx. 0.3 miles away); St. Joseph Confederate Saltworks (approx. 7.7 miles away); Fort Crèvecoeur (approx. 9½ miles away); Vamar (approx. 13½ miles away).
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Credits. This page was last revised on February 8, 2019. This page originally submitted on February 8, 2019, by Tim Fillmon of Webster, Florida. This page has been viewed 85 times since then and 5 times this year. Photo   1. submitted on February 8, 2019, by Tim Fillmon of Webster, Florida. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page.
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