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Jasper in Hamilton County, Florida — The American South (South Atlantic)
 

Florida Branch Railroad

 
 
Florida Branch Railroad Marker image. Click for full size.
By Tim Fillmon, July 19, 2016
1. Florida Branch Railroad Marker
Inscription. After the Civil War began in 1861, it became critical for the Confederacy to have north and south running railroads to connect existing Florida and Georgia lines to bypass Union blockades at Florida ports. The Confederate government ordered construction of a 49-mile rail line between Live Oak on the Pensacola & Georgia rail line in Suwannee County, Florida, and the Atlantic & Gulf Railroad line in Lawton (Dupont), Georgia. By 1862, the roadbed was mostly complete, along with bridges across the Suwannee and Alapaha Rivers, but the lack of available iron for rails stopped construction. After the David Levy Yulee Florida Railroad from Fernandina to Cedar Key was partially destroyed during the war, the Confederacy authorized removal of rails from that line to complete the north-south line. The line was not completed until March 1865, one month before the Confederate army surrendered at Appomattox, Virginia. The Florida Branch, as the north-south line was known, led to the establishment of the towns of Live Oak and Jasper. The line eventually became part of the Plant System and then the Atlantic Coast Line Railroad. The Florida Branch Railroad was abandoned, and its rails were removed by the late 1980s.
 
Erected 2014 by Potash Corp-White Springs, FL and the Florida Department of State. (Marker Number
Florida Branch Railroad Marker along old track area looking south image. Click for full size.
By Tim Fillmon, July 19, 2016
2. Florida Branch Railroad Marker along old track area looking south
F-822.)
 
Location. 30° 31.098′ N, 82° 56.853′ W. Marker is in Jasper, Florida, in Hamilton County. Marker is at the intersection of Hatley Street (U.S. 41/129) and Central Avenue Northwest, on the left when traveling east on Hatley Street. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Jasper FL 32052, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 6 other markers are within 18 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Echols County (approx. 13.7 miles away in Georgia); White Sulphur Springs (approx. 17.2 miles away); The Residents of White Springs (approx. 17.3 miles away); Florida’s Original Tourist Destination (approx. 17.3 miles away); Wars and Conflicts in White Springs (approx. 17.3 miles away); White Springs (approx. 17.3 miles away).
 
Categories. Railroads & StreetcarsWar, US Civil
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on August 17, 2016. This page originally submitted on August 15, 2016, by Tim Fillmon of Webster, Florida. This page has been viewed 195 times since then and 45 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on August 15, 2016, by Tim Fillmon of Webster, Florida. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page.
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