Callahan in Nassau County, Florida — The American South (South Atlantic)
Historic Florida Railroad
Intensive manual labor was required to construct the Florida Railroad. The company recruited slaves and free laborers to fell trees, drive spikes, and lay crossties and rails. The railroad used a broad gauge of five feet between rails with heavy rail generally of sixty pounds per linear yard. Crossties were made of yellow pine and were eight feet long, seven inches wide, and seven inches high. Wooden bridges were constructed across Nassau County's many creeks and rivers, including Kingsley Creek, Boggy River, Lofton Creek, Mills Swamp, and Plummer Swamp.
Completed in 1861,
As Florida's roadways modernized in the twentieth century, the importance of the railroad declined. Tracks were removed in parts of Nassau, Alachua, and Levy Counties beginning in the 1930's. The railroad is still active in Nassau County from Fernandina Beach to Yulee and from Callahan south to the county line. Remains of the abandoned railroad can still be found along the 15-mile segment between Yulee and Callahan.
Erected by West Nassau Historical Society.
Location. 30° 33.89′ N, 81° 49.98′ W. Marker is in Callahan, Florida, in Nassau County. Marker can be reached from Dixie Avenue 0.1 miles south of South Kings Road (U.S. 1/23), on the right when traveling south. Touch for map. Marker is located in front of the depot, home to the West Nassau Historical Society. Marker is at or near this postal address: 45383 Dixie Ave, Callahan FL 32011, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 5 other markers are within 18 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Battle of Thomas Creek (approx. 4.7 miles away); Italia (approx. 7.7 miles away); American Revolutionary War Battle of Thomas Creek (approx. 10.2 miles away); Abraham Lincoln Lewis Mausoleum (approx. 15.1 miles away); Confederate Torpedo Boat David (approx. 17.6 miles away).
Also see . . . West Nassau Historical Society and the West Nassau Museum of History. (Submitted on March 14, 2016.)
Categories. • Railroads & Streetcars •
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on March 12, 2016, by Tim Fillmon of Webster, Florida. This page has been viewed 188 times since then and 34 times this year. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on March 12, 2016, by Tim Fillmon of Webster, Florida. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page.