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

Tin Can Tourist Campground

 
 
Tin Can Tourist Campground Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Jamie Cox, November 27, 2011
1. Tin Can Tourist Campground Marker
Inscription.  Almost this entire block was a campground for tin can tourists in the year 1918(?) - 1923. Travelers from all over the country camped here in tents, homemade trailers and even wooden shelters built on the back of Model T Ford trucks. Out houses and hand pumps provided sanitary facilities and water. Campers washed in outdoor tubs. Cats, dogs and chickens roamed the campground. "Gospel cars" often came to the campground, bringing with them "hell-fire and collection plates". Campers would gather around a big campfire for hot dog roasts. Other activities included pine needle crafts and palmetto weaving by the women. The campground was the official meeting place for the local chapter of the Tin Can Tourists, a formal organization with headquarters in Tampa and a stated purpose of providing fellowship for its members.
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Roads & Vehicles. A significant historical year for this entry is 1923.
 
Location. 28° 4.715′ N, 80° 36.499′ W. Marker is in Melbourne, Florida, in Brevard County. Marker is on New Haven Avenue, on the left when traveling east. Touch for map.
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Marker is at or near this postal address: 720 New Haven Avenue, 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. Myles Building (approx. 0.2 miles away); Campbell Park (approx. 0.2 miles away); Florida East Coast Railroad (approx. ¼ mile away); History of the 1900 Building (approx. 0.3 miles away); The First Congregational Church of Melbourne (approx. 0.3 miles away); Melbourne Ice Plant (approx. 0.3 miles away); Melbourne Public Library (approx. 0.3 miles away); Carleton Hotel - Idlewylde Hotel (approx. 0.4 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Melbourne.
 
Additional keywords. Great Depression tourisim
 
Shops At Site of Tin Can Tourist Campground image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Jamie Cox, November 27, 2011
2. Shops At Site of Tin Can Tourist Campground
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. It was originally submitted on December 19, 2011, by Jamie Cox of Melbourne, Florida. This page has been viewed 1,075 times since then and 20 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on December 19, 2011, by Jamie Cox of Melbourne, Florida. • Craig Swain was the editor who published this page.

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