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Mount Dora in Lake County, Florida — The American South (South Atlantic)
 

Atlantic Coast Line Train Depot

Current Home of the Mount Dora Area Chamber of Commerce

 
 
Atlantic Coast Line Train Depot Marker image. Click for full size.
By James R. Murray, February 1, 2015
1. Atlantic Coast Line Train Depot Marker
The marker is on the upper side of the station
Inscription. The first railway line was opened in Mount Dora in 1887 by the Jacksonville, Tampa and Key West Railway (JT&KW) The 29.5 mile branch ran from Sanford to Tavares with a morning and evening stop at the Mount Dora Depot. In 1902, the Atlantic Coast Line Railroad (ACL) acquired the trains and track as part of a large orange grove land purchase.

In response to the successful citrus industry and booming population, the ACL Railroad replaced the aging nineteenth century depot with a newer building in 1915. Rather than replicating the rectangular design of the old depot, railroad architects and carpenters created a segmented arched wall system to conform to the alignment of Alexander Street and the railroad track. The cost of the new building was $8,223.

By 1922, there were four trains with passengers, mail and freight arriving daily in Mount Dora. Locally grown oranges were shipped by train all over the country and wrapped in tissue paper bearing a bass symbol. Flyers were included with the citrus offering free Mount Dora brochures on request.

The last passenger train left Mount Dora in 1960, and the last citrus freight left by rail in 1973. The Mount Dora Chamber of Commerce leased the depot and eventually purchased the historic site.
 
Erected by Mount Dora Chamber
Atlantic Coast Line Train Depot Marker image. Click for full size.
By James R. Murray, February 1, 2015
2. Atlantic Coast Line Train Depot Marker
Close up view of the lower photo in the marker
of Commerce.
 
Location. 28° 47.961′ N, 81° 38.751′ W. Marker is in Mount Dora, Florida, in Lake County. Marker is on Alexander Street south of West 4th Avenue, on the right when traveling south. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 341 Alexander Street, Mount Dora FL 32757, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 13 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. John P. Donnelly House (about 700 feet away, measured in a direct line); Witherspoon Lodge of Free and Accepted Masons, No. 111 (approx. 0.8 miles away); Milner-Rosenwald Academy (approx. one mile away); Fort Mason (approx. 8.3 miles away); Dr. Howard A. Kelly Park (approx. 9 miles away); a different marker also named Dr. Howard A. Kelly Park (approx. 9.4 miles away); Oldest Masonic Lodge Building in Continuous Use in Florida (approx. 12.4 miles away); Lovell's Landing at Lake Apopka (approx. 12.7 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Mount Dora.
 
Categories. Railroads & Streetcars
 
Atlantic Coast Line Train Depot image. Click for full size.
By James R. Murray, February 1, 2015
3. Atlantic Coast Line Train Depot
The Depot is in downtown Mount Dora Florida, at 341 Alexander Street and is the home of the Mount Dora Chamber of Commerce
Atlantic Coast Line Train Depot image. Click for full size.
By James R. Murray, February 1, 2015
4. Atlantic Coast Line Train Depot
Older view of the station from Google Images
Atlantic Coast Line Train Depot Marker image. Click for full size.
By James R. Murray, February 1, 2015
5. Atlantic Coast Line Train Depot Marker
Close up view of the upper photo in the marker
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on February 2, 2015, by James R. Murray of Elkton, Florida. This page has been viewed 297 times since then and 39 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on February 2, 2015, by James R. Murray of Elkton, Florida. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page.
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