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

Causeway

 
 
Causeway Marker image. Click for full size.
By Jamie Cox, November 17, 2017
1. Causeway Marker
Inscription. Ernest Kouwen-Hoven, a land developer and promoter of Indialantic-by-the-Sea in 1918-19, realized that if the seaside town was to become a resort-residential community, a bridge must be built from the mainland to the peninsula. He contracted local carpenters, set up saw mills in various parts of the county and built the first narrow, wooden bridge across the Indian River in 1919. It was completed in 1921.

It was 16 feet wide. The steel draw was operated by hand, and it took a total of 14 minutes to open and close the bridge. Kouwen-Hoven collected a toll of 10 cents from motorists using the bridge and enforced a speed limit of 10 MPH.

In 1947 the first concrete and steel bridge (with causeway) was completed and the old wooden bridge was torn down.
 
Location. 28° 4.814′ N, 80° 36.044′ W. Marker is in Melbourne, Florida, in Brevard County. Marker is on U.S. 192, on the right when traveling east. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Melbourne FL 32901, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Front Street (within shouting distance of this marker); Trysting Steps and Bluff Walk (within shouting distance of this marker); Carleton Hotel - Idlewylde Hotel
Marker in front of Brevard County Natural Resources Annex Building image. Click for full size.
By Jamie Cox, November 17, 2017
2. Marker in front of Brevard County Natural Resources Annex Building
(about 500 feet away, measured in a direct line); First Post Office Site (about 700 feet away); The First Congregational Church of Melbourne (approx. 0.2 miles away); History of the 1900 Building (approx. 0.2 miles away); Melbourne Hotel (approx. 0.2 miles away); Florida East Coast Railroad (approx. mile away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Melbourne.
 
Additional keywords. drawbridge
 
Categories. Bridges & Viaducts
 
Causeway Marker Situation image. Click for full size.
By Jamie Cox, November 17, 2017
3. Causeway Marker Situation
Melbourne Causeway Bridges image. Click for full size.
By Jamie Cox, circa 1985
4. Melbourne Causeway Bridges
On left, the 1947 concrete bridge. On right, the c. 1985 bridge (1st span).
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on November 29, 2017. This page originally submitted on November 17, 2017, by Jamie Cox of Melbourne, Florida. This page has been viewed 34 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on November 17, 2017, by Jamie Cox of Melbourne, Florida. • Andrew Ruppenstein was the editor who published this page.
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