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St. Cloud in Osceola County, Florida — The American South (South Atlantic)
 

Sugar Belt Railway/VFW Post

 
 
Sugar Belt Railway/VFW Post Marker image. Click for full size.
By Tim Fillmon, July 13, 2016
1. Sugar Belt Railway/VFW Post Marker
Inscription. The Sugar Belt Railway Line, built in 1889 by Hamilton Disston, transported sugar and citrus between the town of Narcoossee and Kissimmee. The train made the return trip after being reversed on a turntable at Narcoossee operated by muscle power. The rail line ran through what would become the town of St. Cloud, which was surveyed and platted in 1909 as a result of its location, south of Lake Tohopekaliga and near the railroad. St. Cloud was intended for veterans of the Civil War, and was known as “The Soldier City.” In 1910, a wood-frame depot building was erected to handle passenger and freight service. The building also served as a welcome center for new members of the community arriving on the train. The women of St. Cloud began putting books and magazines in the depot, thereby beginning the town’s first library. In 1925, the Sugar Belt Railway, as part of the Atlantic Coast Line, built a new brick building where the old wood frame building stood. The depot ceased to operate in 1942 because of dwindling traffic between Kissimmee and Narcoossee. The Veterans of the Foreign Wars Post 3227 purchased the building to use as their post headquarters in 1943.
 
Erected 2015 by The St. Cloud Main Street, City of St. Cloud and the Florida Department of State. (Marker Number F-845.)
Sugar Belt Railway/VFW Post Marker and building image. Click for full size.
By Tim Fillmon, July 13, 2016
2. Sugar Belt Railway/VFW Post Marker and building

 
Location. 28° 14.969′ N, 81° 17.007′ W. Marker is in St. Cloud, Florida, in Osceola County. Marker is at the intersection of New York Avenue and 9th Street, on the right when traveling north on New York Avenue. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 915 New York Avenue, Saint Cloud FL 34769, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 5 other markers are within 9 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Veterans Memorial Library (about 600 feet away, measured in a direct line); First National Bank/St. Cloud Chamber of Commerce (approx. 0.2 miles away); The Thunderstorm Project (approx. ¼ mile away); Hamilton Disston Sugar Plantation (approx. 1.2 miles away); Osceola County (approx. 8.3 miles away).
 
Categories. Railroads & Streetcars
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on August 17, 2016. This page originally submitted on August 16, 2016, by Tim Fillmon of Webster, Florida. This page has been viewed 244 times since then and 38 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on August 16, 2016, by Tim Fillmon of Webster, Florida. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page.
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