Fernandina Beach in Nassau County, Florida — The American South (South Atlantic)
Florida's First Atlantic to Gulf Railroad
The Florida Railroad Company was incorporated January 8, 1853, with David L. Yulee as president. The line received both federal and state land grants. Despite early financial difficulties, construction was begun from Fernandina, where the main office was located, in 1856. The final trackage to Cedar Key was laid March 1, 1861, and Florida had its first cross-state railroad.
Erected 1961 by Florida Board of Parks and Historic Memorials. (Marker Number F-28.)
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Industry & Commerce • Railroads & Streetcars. A significant historical date for this entry is January 8, 1900.
Location. 30° 40.272′ N, 81° 27.879′ W. Marker is in Fernandina Beach, Florida, in Nassau County. Marker is on Center Avenue east of Front Street, on the left when traveling west. This historical marker is located in the downtown business district, very near the water front area along the Amelia River, and directly in front of the town's old railroad depot. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 102 Centre Street, Fernandina Beach FL 32034, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within Revolutionary War Invasion of British East Florida (a few steps from this marker); William Bartram Trail (within shouting distance of this marker); Florida House (about 600 feet away, measured in a direct line); David L. Yulee (approx. 0.2 miles away); U.S. Post Office–Customs House-Courthouse (approx. 0.2 miles away); Post Office Lamp Posts (approx. 0.2 miles away); The Lesesne House (approx. 0.2 miles away); Nassau County Historic Courthouse (approx. 0.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Fernandina Beach.
1. Marker temporarily moved
On today's visit (12/17/2014) I found the depot building was under construction, and the sign is laying against the building without its post.
— Submitted December 17, 2014, by James R. Murray of Elkton, Florida.
Credits. This page was last revised on February 10, 2018. It was originally submitted on July 22, 2010, by Dale K. Benington of Toledo, Ohio. This page has been viewed 1,106 times since then and 38 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on July 22, 2010, by Dale K. Benington of Toledo, Ohio. 5. submitted on August 15, 2012, by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina. 6. submitted on December 17, 2014, by James R. Murray of Elkton, Florida.