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Melbourne in Brevard County, Florida — The American South (South Atlantic)
 

Florida East Coast Railroad

 
 
Florida East Coast Railroad Marker image. Click for full size.
By Jamie Cox, November 27, 2011
1. Florida East Coast Railroad Marker
Inscription.  Henry M. Flagler, Florida East Coast Railroad owner, was influenced to extend his railroad south from Rockledge by a Melbourne resident: E.P. Branch. The railroad tracks were built into Eau Gallie about 1892. Considerable delay was experienced in building the railroad bridge over the Eau Gallie River. The tracks reached Melbourne June, 1893, and the first train reached Melbourne July 3, 1893 (a Monday). The same day the Melbourne State Bank opened its doors. The day before, the first service had been held in the new Congregational Church of Melbourne. Until Flagler could complete his rail line into Miami and later Key West, the F.E.C.R.R. connected in Melbourne to steamboats which carried passengers and freight down the Indian River.
 
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Railroads & Streetcars. In addition, it is included in the Florida East Coast Railroad and Hotels series list. A significant historical year for this entry is 1892.
 
Location. 28° 4.688′ N, 80° 36.273′ W. Marker is in Melbourne, Florida, in Brevard County. Marker is on New Haven Avenue, on the right when
Florida East Coast Railroad Marker image. Click for full size.
By Daniel Eisenberg
2. Florida East Coast Railroad Marker
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traveling east. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Melbourne FL 32901, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Campbell Park (within shouting distance of this marker); Myles Building (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Melbourne Hotel (about 400 feet away); History of the 1900 Building (about 400 feet away); Orange Spot Inn (about 500 feet away); The First Congregational Church of Melbourne (about 700 feet away); Carleton Hotel - Idlewylde Hotel (approx. 0.2 miles away); Trysting Steps and Bluff Walk (approx. ¼ mile away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Melbourne.
 
Regarding Florida East Coast Railroad. The correct name of the line, in spite of the marker, is the Florida East Coast Railway.
 
Additional keywords. railway
 
Florida East Coast Railway at New Haven Avenue image. Click for full size.
By Jamie Cox, September 30, 2016
3. Florida East Coast Railway at New Haven Avenue
This panorama faces west. The marker is affixed to the signal pole at the far left.
Tracks of the Florida East Coast Railway image. Click for full size.
By Jamie Cox, November 27, 2011
4. Tracks of the Florida East Coast Railway
Looking south, toward the bridge over Crane Creek.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on March 28, 2018. It was originally submitted on December 9, 2011, by Jamie Cox of Melbourne, Florida. This page has been viewed 1,035 times since then and 83 times this year. Photos:   1. submitted on December 9, 2011, by Jamie Cox of Melbourne, Florida.   2. submitted on March 27, 2018, by Daniel Eisenberg of Boca Raton, Florida.   3. submitted on November 17, 2017, by Jamie Cox of Melbourne, Florida.   4. submitted on December 9, 2011, by Jamie Cox of Melbourne, Florida. • Craig Swain was the editor who published this page.

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