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The Continental Hotel Site

 
 
The Continental Hotel Site Marker image. Click for full size.
By Brandon D Cross, August 10, 2019
1. The Continental Hotel Site Marker
Inscription.  In the late 19th century, Henry Flagler created the Florida East Coast Railway (FEC) and the Florida East Coast Hotel Company, both of significantly boosted development and tourism for Florida. By 1900, Flagler had purchased the local Jacksonville and Atlantic Railway. The line was expanded to create the Mayport Branch of the FEC. It was along this branch that Flagler opened up a luxury oceanfront hotel in 1901, the Continental Hotel of Atlantic Beach. Though it was considered one of the smaller and less ornate of Flagler’s line of winter resorts, the Continental boasted several attractions, including two of the area’s first golf courses and “automobiling” on the oceanfront. Previously, Atlantic Beach was one of the most remote areas of the Jacksonville Beaches. The arrival of the FEC and the Continental sparked development in the community of Atlantic Beach while creating a new tourism destination for Florida. The hotel was sold in 1913 to the Atlantic Beach Corporation, and was renamed the Atlantic Beach Hotel. The original hotel burned down in 1919, and a second was built on this site in the mid-1920s. Both hotels were a vital
The Continental Hotel Site Marker image. Click for full size.
By Brandon D Cross, August 10, 2019
2. The Continental Hotel Site Marker
part of the community of Atlantic Beach for several decades.
 
Erected 2017 by the Beaches Area Historical Society, the Cloister Condominium Association, and the Florida Department of State. (Marker Number F-953.)
 
Location. 30° 20.117′ N, 81° 23.795′ W. Marker is in Atlantic Beach, Florida, in Duval County. Marker is at the intersection of 10th Street and Beach Street, on the right when traveling east on 10th Street. Marker located at the entrance to the Cloister Condominium. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 10 10th Street, Jacksonville FL 32223, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 4 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Combat Team Camp Atlantic Beach (approx. 0.4 miles away); SS Gulfamerica (approx. 2.9 miles away); Pablo Beach Post Office (approx. 3.2 miles away); Porter Wood Burning Locomotive (approx. 3.2 miles away); Oesterreicher-McCormick Homestead (approx. 3.2 miles away); Pablo Beach FEC Foreman's House (approx. 3.2 miles away); Doolittle's 1922 Record Flight (approx. 3.2 miles away); Beaches Museum Chapel (approx. 3.2 miles away).
 
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The Continental Hotel circa 1903 image. Click for full size.
By Photo courtesy Beaches Museum and History Park
3. The Continental Hotel circa 1903
 

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Credits. This page was last revised on August 14, 2019. This page originally submitted on August 13, 2019, by Brandon D Cross of Flagler Beach, Florida. This page has been viewed 53 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on August 13, 2019, by Brandon D Cross of Flagler Beach, Florida. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page.
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