Melbourne Beach in Brevard County, Florida — The American South (South Atlantic)
Melbourne & Atlantic Railroad
Melbourne Beach Historic Site
Cyrus E. Graves
On July 17, 1889 Major Cyrus E. Graves signed the paperwork that laid out the streets of Melbourne Beach and allowed the railroad company "to lay and operate a railroad throughout the center of Ocean Avenue forever unmolested".
Capt. Rufus Beaujean (and later sons Don and Claude) provided for a fee motorized tram rides from the pier to the ocean.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Railroads & Streetcars. A significant historical month for this entry is February 1889.
Location. 28° 4.104′ N, 80° Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Melbourne Beach FL 32951, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 2 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Melbourne Beach Pier (here, next to this marker); The Villa Marine (within shouting distance of this marker); The Ryckman House (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Community Chapel of Melbourne Beach Florida (approx. 0.2 miles away); Myrtle Cottage (approx. 0.2 miles away); Old Melbourne Beach Town Hall (approx. 1½ miles away); Indialantic Casino (approx. 1.7 miles away); Billy Wallace House (approx. 2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Melbourne Beach.
Regarding Melbourne & Atlantic Railroad. In those days, there was a gentleman's reciprocal agreement that railroad owners rode free on each other's lines. Even though the Melbourne & Atlantic was only about a mile long, its owners qualified for free travel on railroads around the country.
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. It was originally submitted on February 12, 2012, by Jamie Cox of Melbourne, Florida. This page has been viewed 1,025 times since then and 43 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3. submitted on February 12, 2012, by Jamie Cox of Melbourne, Florida. • Craig Swain was the editor who published this page.
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