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Tallahasee in Leon County, Florida — The American South (South Atlantic)
 

Jacksonville, Pensacola and Mobile Railroad Company Freight Depot

 
 
Jacksonville, Pensacola and Mobile Railroad Company Freight Depot Marker image. Click for full size.
By Mark Hilton, December 6, 2014
1. Jacksonville, Pensacola and Mobile Railroad Company Freight Depot Marker
Inscription. The Jacksonville, Pensacola and Mobile Railroad Company Freight Depot, built in 1858, is one of the oldest railroad buildings in Florida and the oldest still used as a passenger rail station. The one-story depot was built when Tallahassee was the center of Florida's cotton trade. By 1885 the two-story addition was added. Middle Florida (now North Florida), with its rich agriculture lands, grew rapidly in the 19th century. By 1890, Leon County was the top producer of livestock, sweet potatoes, corn and cotton in the state. With cotton in great demand, Tallahassee was the regions commercial hub, shipping 16,686 bales of ginned cotton in 1860. Wagons brought the cotton from local plantations to be processed. It then went by rail to the coast for shipping. A new rail line between Pensacola and Jacksonville provided access to ports and made transporting both freight and passengers easier. In 1905 a passenger station was built across from the original one. It was used continuously until 1971 when, for the first time in 113 years, passenger service ended. Tallahassee was a freight only stop until 1992 when passenger services resumed, with the old freight depot used as the passenger station.
A Florida Heritage Site

 
Erected 2004 by the Leon County Board of Commissioners
Jacksonville, Pensacola and Mobile Railroad Company Freight Depot image. Click for full size.
By Mark Hilton, December 6, 2014
2. Jacksonville, Pensacola and Mobile Railroad Company Freight Depot
and the Florida Department of State. (Marker Number F-305.)
 
Location. 30° 26.017′ N, 84° 17.392′ W. Marker is in Tallahasee, Florida, in Leon County. Marker is at the intersection of Railroad Avenue and All Saints Street, on the right when traveling south on Railroad Avenue. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 918 Railroad Avenue, Tallahassee FL 32310, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Chandler's Tourist Camp (approx. half a mile away); The Florida State University Campus (approx. half a mile away); Florida A&M University (approx. half a mile away); Capt. John Parkhill (approx. 0.6 miles away); Wilhelmina Jakes And Carrie Patterson: Initiators of The Tallahassee Bus Boycott (approx. 0.6 miles away); Old City Cemetery (approx. 0.6 miles away); Leon County Civil War Monument (approx. 0.6 miles away); Old Capitol of Florida (approx. 0.6 miles away).
 
Also see . . .  Tallahassee (Amtrak station) - Wikipedia article. (Submitted on December 9, 2014, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama.)
 
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Marker & tracks looking south on Railroad Avenue image. Click for full size.
By Mark Hilton, December 6, 2014
3. Marker & tracks looking south on Railroad Avenue
Near Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University (FAMU).
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on December 9, 2014, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama. This page has been viewed 203 times since then and 30 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on December 9, 2014, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama.
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