“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”

Blountstown in Calhoun County, Florida — The American South (South Atlantic)

M & B Railroad

M & B Railroad Marker Side 1 image. Click for full size.
By Tim Fillmon, February 2, 2014
1. M & B Railroad Marker Side 1
Inscription.  For 63 years (1909-1972) the Marianna and Blountstown Railroad was Calhoun County's link to the railroads and commerce of the nation. Sometimes known as "Many Bumps" or "Meat and Bread," the M&B had a significant impact on the lives of Calhoun Countians.

Until 1929, before automobile travel was commonplace, the M&B provided passenger service. Farmers used the railroad to ship a wide array of agricultural products. In the early years, logging spur lines extended into remote areas of the county and millions of board feet of long-leaf pine lumber were shipped from local sawmills. The M&B also carried mail, manufactured goods and building products.

During its operation, the 29-mile-long line was Florida's shortest railroad. Until 1938 it ran 16 miles farther south to Scotts Ferry. Steam locomotive #444 was in operation when the M&B's first diesel engine arrived in 1947 and rests today on the exact location of the M&B roadbed.
Erected 1992 by Rep. Robert Trammell in cooperation with the Florida Department of State. (Marker Number F-339.)
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M & B Railroad Marker Side 2 image. Click for full size.
By Tim Fillmon, December 31, 1903
2. M & B Railroad Marker Side 2
topic lists: Industry & CommerceRailroads & Streetcars.
Location. 30° 26.755′ N, 85° 2.723′ W. Marker is in Blountstown, Florida, in Calhoun County. Marker is at the intersection of Railroad Avenue and North Pear Street, on the right when traveling west on Railroad Avenue. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Blountstown FL 32424, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 11 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Blunt Reservation and Fields (approx. ¼ mile away); Cochranetown - Corakko Talofv (approx. ¼ mile away); "Old Blountstown" Courthouse (approx. 1.6 miles away); Governor Fuller Warren (approx. 2.2 miles away); Abe Springs Bluff Courthouse (approx. 7.4 miles away); Altha Methodist Church (approx. 9.8 miles away); Richards Cemetery (approx. 10.3 miles away); Torreya Tree (approx. 10.7 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Blountstown.
Credits. This page was last revised on February 19, 2021. It was originally submitted on February 19, 2021, by Tim Fillmon of Webster, Florida. This page has been viewed 64 times since then. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on February 19, 2021, by Tim Fillmon of Webster, Florida.
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