Dunedin in Pinellas County, Florida — The American South (South Atlantic)
Orange Belt Railway Station
In 1888, this site was the original location of the Orange Belt Railway Station. A newer station was built in 1900, but burned down. The present station was built in 1924, and used by the Atlantic Coast Railroad Company until the railroad was discontinued in the late 1970's. By the late 1980's, the tracks were removed and the Pinellas Trail now occupies the track bed. This historic station is one of only a few remaining buildings left that exemplify the area's railroad history. Today, this building is occupied by the Dunedin Historical Society & Museum, and showcases collections from Dunedin's history.
Erected 2012 by City of Dunedin.
Location. 28° 0.707′ N, 82° 47.329′ W. Marker is in Dunedin, Florida, in Pinellas County. Marker is on Main Street east of Railroad Avenue, on the right when traveling east. Marker is mounted directly on subject building, near the entrance facing Main Street, at eye-level just left of the door. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 349 Main Street, Dunedin FL 34698, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 3 miles of this marker Purple Heart Memorial (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); The American's Creed / In Grateful Remembrance (approx. 0.2 miles away); The Dunedin LVT, Landing Vehicle Tracked (approx. half a mile away); Dr. Willis Stanley Blatchley (approx. half a mile away); Historic Andrews Memorial Chapel (approx. 1.6 miles away); Training Area of the U.S. Marine Corps Amphibian Tractor (Alligator) (approx. 2 miles away); Dunedin Isles Golf Club (approx. 2.2 miles away); Clearwater Athletic Field (approx. 2.6 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Dunedin.
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1. Orange Belt Railway.
The Orange Belt Railway was a 3 ft (914 mm) narrow gauge railroad established in 1885 by Russian exile Peter Demens in Florida. It was one of the longest narrow gauge railroads in the United States at the time of its completion in 1888, with a mainline 152 miles (245 km) in length between Sanford, Florida and St. Petersburg, Florida. It carried citrus, vegetables, and passengers; and it interchanged with two standard gauge lines: the Jacksonville, Tampa and Key West Railway at Lake Monroe, Florida and the Florida Central and Peninsular Railroad at Lacoochee, Florida. (Submitted on December 25, 2017, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.)
2. The Orange Belt Railway.
The railroad was built in a rural agricultural area, (Submitted on December 25, 2017, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.)
3. History of the Orange Belt Railway.
Excursions were popular during the tourist season, from January to Easter. A Tarpon Springs Special was usually run from St. Petersburg to Tarpon Springs and back. There was also seasonal fruit and vegetable traffic from December to June. This consisted of Tangerines in December, Oranges from January to March and early vegetables from March to May. A watermelon rush would occur in June. The road was built through rolling hills, around (Submitted on December 25, 2017, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.)
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Credits. This page was last revised on December 28, 2017. This page originally submitted on December 25, 2017, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida. This page has been viewed 195 times since then and 68 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on December 25, 2017, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.