Altamonte Springs in Seminole County, Florida — The American South (South Atlantic)
Orange Belt Railway
The Seminole Wekiva Trail has been built for the most part on the roadbed of the Orange Belt Railway. This railroad was the lifeline of the area from Sanford to Lake Apopka from 1885 through the early part of the 20th century. Starting at Lake Monroe it tied together what is now the western part of Seminole County with stops at Sylvan Larke, Paola, Island Lake, Glen Ethel, Groveland, Palm Springs (all farming settlements along the Longwood Markham Road), as well as Granada (as this area was called), Forest City, and Toronto, a distance of 18 miles. By 1888 the line extended to Pinellas Point, on the Gulf of Mexico. At that time it was the longest narrow gauge railroad in the country, extending for 117.68 miles, a status it held until 1897.
Erected by Seminole County Historical Commission.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Railroads & Streetcars. A significant historical year for this entry is 1885.
Location. 28° 40.979′ N, 81° 23.823′ W. Marker is in Altamonte Springs, Florida, in Seminole County. Marker can be reached from North Street west of Larson Drive when traveling west. Marker is located off in the Seminole County Softball Complex along the Seminole Wekiva Trail. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Altamonte Springs FL 32714, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 3 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. The Springs (approx. 0.8 miles away); Altamonte Springs (approx. 1.4 Florida Honors and Remembers our POW’s and MIA’s (approx. 1˝ miles away); Seminole County (approx. 1˝ miles away); The Altamonte Hotel (approx. 2˝ miles away); Altamonte Chapel (approx. 2.6 miles away); Forest City (approx. 2.8 miles away); Historical Winwood (approx. 2.8 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Altamonte Springs.
Credits. This page was last revised on June 21, 2018. It was originally submitted on March 11, 2016, by Tim Fillmon of Webster, Florida. This page has been viewed 502 times since then and 106 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3. submitted on March 11, 2016, by Tim Fillmon of Webster, Florida. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page.