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Delray Beach in Palm Beach County, Florida — The American South (South Atlantic)
 

Atlantic Avenue Crossing

 
 
Atlantic Avenue Crossing Marker image. Click for full size.
By Tim Fillmon, August 2, 2016
1. Atlantic Avenue Crossing Marker
Inscription. Atlantic Avenue’s crossing of the Florida East Coast Canal (now the Intracoastal Waterway) played an important role in the early history of Delray Beach. Civil engineer Burslem Thomson drew the first plat of “Linton,” now Delray Beach, in late 1895, showing the town’s main street crossing the canal at this location. Atlantic Avenue ran west from the beach between the 1876 Orange Grove House of Refuge and an “old sour orange grove.” The street became the commercial heart of Delray Beach, and included movie theaters, restaurants, shops, hotels, and the city’s first post office. Fishermen brought large catches to a packing house at the crossing, and beach-goers and workers farming land to the east crossed the canal here by lighter barges until 1911, when the City of Delray Beach was incorporated and a hand-cranked swing bridge was constructed. Atlantic Avenue’s fourth and present bridge over the canal was completed in 1952. The gear-driven bridge is a Chicago-style, double-leaf Bascule type bridge with a Hopkins frame. The Atlantic Avenue Bridge was designated a historic bridge by the City of Delray Beach in 2000, and remains an important crossing point for the community.
 
Erected 2011 by The Robert Neff Family, the Delray Beach Historical Society, and the Florida Department
Atlantic Avenue Crossing Marker looking toward the Intercostal Waterway image. Click for full size.
By Tim Fillmon, August 2, 2016
2. Atlantic Avenue Crossing Marker looking toward the Intercostal Waterway
of State. (Marker Number F-717.)
 
Location. 26° 27.714′ N, 80° 3.887′ W. Marker is in Delray Beach, Florida, in Palm Beach County. Marker is on East Atlantic Avenue (State Road 806) 0.1 miles east of Northeast 7th Avenue, on the right when traveling west. Touch for map. Marker located in Veterans Park. Marker is in this post office area: Delray Beach FL 33483, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Marina Historic District (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); First Presbyterian Church Fellowship Hall (approx. 0.3 miles away); a different marker also named Marina Historic District (approx. 0.3 miles away); Florida East Coast Railway Station (approx. 0.3 miles away); Nassau Park Historic District (approx. 0.4 miles away); J. B. Evans House (approx. 0.4 miles away); Orange Grove House of Refuge No. 3 (approx. half a mile away); Delray Beach Hotel (approx. half a mile away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Delray Beach.
 
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Credits. This page was last revised on August 15, 2016. This page originally submitted on August 14, 2016, by Tim Fillmon of Webster, Florida. This page has been viewed 126 times since then and 25 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on August 14, 2016, by Tim Fillmon of Webster, Florida. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page.
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