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
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
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); Episcopal Church of the Holy Spirit (approx. 12.3 miles away); Oldest Masonic Lodge Building in Continuous Use in Florida (approx. 12.4 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Mount Dora.
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Credits. This page was last revised on August 24, 2017. This page originally submitted on February 2, 2015, by James R. Murray of Elkton, Florida. This page has been viewed 320 times since then and 62 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.