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

JT&KW Railroad & Indian River Steamboat Wharf, 1885

Historic Titusville

 
 
JT&KW Railroad & Indian River Steamboat Wharf, 1895 Marker image. Click for full size.
By Brandon D Cross, December 17, 2017
1. JT&KW Railroad & Indian River Steamboat Wharf, 1895 Marker
Inscription. Arriving in 1885, the first railroad to Titusville was a 35-mile stretch of track from Enterprise on a line of the Jacksonville, Tampa, and Key West Railroad, the JT&KW. The tracks ran down the middle of Broad Street’s right-of-way, and out onto a dock extending about 1500 feet into the lagoon to link up with the steamship wharf.

The Indian River Steamboat Company was established by the railroad to furnish transport for its passengers to points south. Titusville immediately became the transportation hub of Florida’s East Coast. The railroad terminal at Broad Street greatly expanded the export of Indian River citrus, pineapples, and seafood as it opened the Indian River country to an influx of tourists and settlers.

By 1893, Henry Flagler’s Florida East Coast Railway reached Titusville and soon pushed southward, ending Titusville’s short-lived monopoly. Steamboats continued to ply these waters into the 1900s, but they steadily lost passengers to the railroad.

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"Our people should not forget what the Jacksonville, Tampa, and Key West System has done… Without the JT&KW system and its steamboat service, we could never have had the Flagler line.”
• Indian River Advocate, February 2, 1894
 
Erected by City of Titusville.
 
Location.
JT&KW Railroad & Indian River Steamboat Wharf, 1895 Marker image. Click for full size.
By Brandon D Cross, December 17, 2017
2. JT&KW Railroad & Indian River Steamboat Wharf, 1895 Marker
28° 36.816′ N, 80° 48.259′ W. Marker is in Titusville, Florida, in Brevard County. Marker is on Broad Street east of Indian River Avenue, on the left when traveling east. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 188 Broad St, Titusville FL 32796, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Liberty Tree (here, next to this marker); Jules Verne vs. NASA’s Apollo 11 (a few steps from this marker); Robert H. Goddard’s First Liquid Fueled Rocket (a few steps from this marker); Project Mercury Memorial (a few steps from this marker); Striving For Peace Throughout The World (within shouting distance of this marker); The Tuskegee Airmen Of World War II (within shouting distance of this marker); Old Glory (within shouting distance of this marker); The Steamboat Pioneer, 1877 (about 500 feet away, measured in a direct line). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Titusville.
 
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Credits. This page was last revised on January 16, 2018. This page originally submitted on January 14, 2018, by Brandon D Cross of Flagler Beach, Florida. This page has been viewed 66 times since then. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on January 14, 2018, by Brandon D Cross of Flagler Beach, Florida. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page.
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