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Milton in Santa Rosa County, Florida — The American South (South Atlantic)
 

Blackwater Heritage Trail History

 
 
Blackwater Heritage Trail History Marker image. Click for full size.
By Cosmos Mariner, May 7, 2016
1. Blackwater Heritage Trail History Marker
Inscription. The trail follows the path of the former Florida and Alabama Railroad. Built in the early 1900ís, it extended from the lumber mill in Bagdad to Whitley, Alabama. The F&ARR supported the timber and lumber business in Bagdad from 1930 to 1939, when the line was closed with the coming of WWII and the establishment of NAS, Whiting Field. The rail line was rebuilt in the early 1940ís to supply aviation fuel to the base.
 
Location. 30° 38.127′ N, 87° 2.409′ W. Marker is in Milton, Florida, in Santa Rosa County. Marker can be reached from Alabama Street (State Road 87A) south of Chaffin Street, on the left when traveling north. Touch for map. Marker is located near the playground area on the south side of the Blackwater Heritage State Trail Visitor Center parking lot. Marker is at or near this postal address: 5533 Alabama Street, Milton FL 32570, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 3 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Marquis Bayou Bridge (approx. 0.8 miles away); Combat Wounded Veterans (approx. 0.9 miles away); Blackwater Landing / Blackwater River Shipwrecks (approx. 0.9 miles away); Working for the Company (approx. 2.1 miles away); Animals Along the Blackwater River
Blackwater Heritage Trail History Marker (<i>tall view</i>) image. Click for full size.
By Cosmos Mariner, May 7, 2016
2. Blackwater Heritage Trail History Marker (tall view)
(approx. 2.1 miles away); Submerged Aquatic Vegetation (approx. 2.1 miles away); Bagdad After the Mill (approx. 2.1 miles away); Bagdad Lumber Mill / Shipbuilding at Bagdad (approx. 2.1 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Milton.
 
More about this marker. This is a large, painted, wooden marker.
 
Related markers. Click here for a list of markers that are related to this marker. Bagdad Lumber Mill
 
Also see . . .
1. A Short History of Florida Railroads (By Gregg Turner). The Bagdad [Florida] Land and Lumber Company operated the Florida and Alabama Railroad, a logging line that connected Bagdad with Milton, Red Rock, Munson, and Whitey, Alabama. The 44-mile route was partially constructed by Stearns & Culver Lumber and Finished by the Bagdad concern around 1914. At Milton, connections were made with the L&N. At Munson, railroad headquarters, a 19-mile branch departed the mainline for logging and turpentine camps in Alabama. The Florida & Alabama conveyed pine logs and occasionally ran passenger train service. After the Bagdad mill closed in 1939, the F&A was abandoned. (Submitted on September 22, 2018, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.) 

2. Bagdad Land & Lumber Company logging engine #3 derailed - Svea, Florida. The engine used the Louisville & Nashville (L&N) main line from just south of Yellow River Bridge, Milligan to Milton then its own line to Bagdad. Accompanying note:
Trail History Marker (<i>wide view from parking lot; playgound in background</i>) image. Click for full size.
3. Trail History Marker (wide view from parking lot; playgound in background)
the locomotive was an ex-Georgia & Carolina #326. After Bagdad L & L #3 it went back to Georgia & Carolina and then to Geneva Mill Company #4 for $8,200 in March 1918. (Submitted on September 22, 2018, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.) 
 
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Heritage Trail Visitor Center (<i>view from Alabama Street; turn here to access marker</i>) image. Click for full size.
By Cosmos Mariner, May 7, 2016
4. Heritage Trail Visitor Center (view from Alabama Street; turn here to access marker)
Blackwater Heritage Trail (<i>view north along trail from marker; Visitor Center on left</i>) image. Click for full size.
By Cosmos Mariner, May 7, 2016
5. Blackwater Heritage Trail (view north along trail from marker; Visitor Center on left)
Blackwater Heritage Trail (<i>view south along trail from marker</i>) image. Click for full size.
By Cosmos Mariner, May 7, 2016
6. Blackwater Heritage Trail (view south along trail from marker)
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on September 28, 2018. This page originally submitted on September 21, 2018, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida. This page has been viewed 20 times since then. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on September 21, 2018, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.   3, 4, 5, 6. submitted on September 22, 2018, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida. • Andrew Ruppenstein was the editor who published this page.
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