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. Touch for map. Marker is mounted directly on subject building, near the entrance facing Main Street, at eye-level just left of the door. Marker is at or near this postal address: 349 Main Street, Dunedin FL 34698, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 4 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Purple Heart Memorial (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); The American's Creed / In Grateful Remembrance Dr. Willis Stanley Blatchley (approx. half a mile away); Dunedin Isles Golf Club (approx. 2.2 miles away); Clearwater Athletic Field (approx. 2.6 miles away); The Seminole Bridge (approx. 2.7 miles away); Oasis Park (approx. 2.8 miles away); Clearwater Post Office (approx. 3.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Dunedin.
Also see . . .
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 (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 (Submitted on December 25, 2017, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.)
Categories. • Notable Buildings • Railroads & Streetcars •
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