Sarasota in Sarasota County, Florida — The American South (South Atlantic)
Seaboard Railway Depot
On this site in 1903, the U.S. and West Indies Railroad and Steamship Company built a depot. This railroad, subsequently incorporated into the Seaboard Air Line Railway, provided great impetus to the town's turn-of-the-century progress. Trains brought passengers and manufactured goods to Sarasota and took local products such as fish, citrus, lumber, and vegetables to northern markets. The tracks entered the town along Lemon Avenue, crossed Main Street and curbed south to terminate on a pier extending into the bay where commercial fish houses were built.
In 1905 and 1912, tracks were built to the agricultural and commercial centers of Fruitville, Bee Ridge, and Venice. When Ringling Brothers and Barnum and Bailey Circus established winter quarters in Sarasota, tracks were extended to the circus grounds east of the City. Daily train and sleeper service from Sarasota to point's north ultimately succumbed to the convenience of the automobile. The Seaboard Air Line Railway and Atlantic Coast Line Railroad merged in 1967 to form the Seaboard Coast Line which continued train service at its station on east Main Street.
Erected 1986 by Sarasota County Historical Commission.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Railroads & Streetcars. A significant historical year for this entry is 1903.
Location. 27° 20.22′ N, 82° 32.443′ W. Marker is in Sarasota, Florida, in Sarasota County. Marker is on N Lemon Avenue near 1st Street, on the right when traveling north. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Sarasota FL 34236, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Worth's Block (within shouting distance of this marker); Methodist Church (about 600 feet away, measured in a direct line); City of Sarasota (about 700 feet away); Paul N. Thorpe Jr. Park (about 700 feet away); John D. MacDonald 1916-1986/John D. and the Friday Liars (about 700 feet away); Edwards Theatre 1926 (approx. 0.2 miles away); Historic Palm Tower (approx. 0.2 miles away); American National Bank (approx. 0.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Sarasota.
Also see . . . Railroad History - Seaboard Air Line Railway. over 100 lines would be incorporated into the SAL. (Submitted on April 1, 2011, by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina.)
Credits. This page was last revised on June 21, 2018. It was originally submitted on April 1, 2011, by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina. This page has been viewed 773 times since then and 6 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on April 1, 2011, by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina.