“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
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Florida East Coast Railroad and Hotels Historical Markers

In the late 19th century Henry Flagler created the Florida East Coast Railway and the Florida East Coast Hotel Company. Both of significantly boosted development and tourism for Florida. FEC remains an independent railroad today.
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By Daniel Eisenberg
Florida East Coast Railroad Marker
1 Florida, Brevard County, Melbourne — Florida East Coast Railroad
Henry M. Flagler, Florida East Coast Railroad owner, was influenced to extend his railroad south from Rockledge by a Melbourne resident: E.P. Branch. The railroad tracks were built into Eau Gallie about 1892. Considerable delay was experienced in . . . Map (db m50308) HM
2 Florida, Brevard County, Melbourne — Harbor City Hotel
A spur track for the Florida East Coast Railway was once located on the north side of this site. The track went out on a dock where freight and passengers were loaded onto river boats for the journey south. In 1902, the East Coast Lumber and . . . Map (db m49042) HM
3 Florida, Brevard County, Melbourne — Highland and St. Clair Street
The Florida East Coast Railway arrived in Eau Gallie on May 20, 1893. The first engine arrived on June 24, 1893. A ticket from Jacksonville to Eau Gallie was $7.00. Eau Gallie was the terminus while construction continued to Miami. A "Y" was built . . . Map (db m110315) HM
4 Florida, Brevard County, Titusville — JT&KW Railroad & Indian River Steamboat Wharf, 1885Historic Titusville
Arriving in 1885, the first railroad to Titusville was a 35-mile stretch of track from Enterprise on a line of the Jacksonville, Tampa, and Key West Railroad, the JT&KW. The tracks ran down the middle of Broad Street’s right-of-way, and out onto a . . . Map (db m112675) HM
5 Florida, Duval County, Atlantic Beach, The Beaches — F-953 — The Continental Hotel Site
In the late 19th century, Henry Flagler created the Florida East Coast Railway (FEC) and the Florida East Coast Hotel Company, both of significantly boosted development and tourism for Florida. By 1900, Flagler had purchased the local Jacksonville . . . Map (db m137857) HM
6 Florida, Duval County, Jacksonville Beach, The Beaches — Mayport Depot
The Mayport Depot was built in 1900 for the Florida East Coast Railway when Henry Flagler expanded the line running up to Mayport from a narrow gauge track to a standard gauge track. The new standard gauge line also provided transport for people . . . Map (db m107837) HM
7 Florida, Duval County, Jacksonville Beach, The Beaches — Pablo Beach FEC Foreman's House
The Pablo Beach FEC Foreman’s House was built in 1900 by the Florida East Coast Railway after it was bought by Henry Flagler. The house was built for the use of the local section foreman and his family, and represents a standard design used by the . . . Map (db m108179) HM
8 Florida, Indian River County, Vero Beach — F-970 — Vero Beach Railway Station
In 1893, Henry Flagler's railroad arrived in Sebastian, and reached Ft. Pierce in 1894, bypassing the tiny community of Vero. Flagler renamed his railroad the Florida East Coast Railway (FEC) in 1895. Because of agricultural growth in the area, . . . Map (db m112159) HM
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9 Florida, Miami-Dade County, Miami — F-944 — Lemon City Train Station
Built in 1896, the Lemon City station was located between present-day NE 59th St. and NE 60th St. The wood-frame station was painted yellow with white trim and had a flower garden around it. Henry Flagler had the station built to assist agricultural . . . Map (db m150768) HM
10 Florida, Miami-Dade County, Miami, Downtown Miami — F-816 — Port of Miami
Miami’s waterfront location has played a critical role in its history. In 1895, landowners Julia Tuttle and William and Mary Brickell persuaded Henry Flagler to extend his Florida East Coast Railroad south and build a port city. Flagler’s first . . . Map (db m120654) HM
11 Florida, Monroe County, Islamadora — The Florida Keys Memorial
The Florida Keys Memorial, known locally as the “Hurricane Monument,” was built to honor hundreds of American veterans and local civilians who perished in the “Great Hurricane” on Labor Day, September 2, 1935. Islamadora . . . Map (db m3251) HM
12 Florida, Monroe County, Long Key — F-168 — Long Key Fishing Club
Henry M. Flagler began construction of the Key West Extension of the Florida East Coast Railroad southward from Homestead in 1905. Despite destructive hurricanes in 1906, 1909, and 1910, the Key West Extension was completed in January 1912 at a . . . Map (db m72798) HM
13 Florida, Monroe County, Upper Matecumbe Key — F-266 — Florida East Coast Railroad Oversea Extension“The Railroad That Went to the Sea”
Oil magnate Henry M. Flagler first visited Florida in 1878. Realizing Florida’s potential for growth, he developed railroads and hotels which transformed the eastern seaboard. The Florida East Coast Railroad reached Miami in 1896 and soon was . . . Map (db m150462) HM
14 Florida, Osceola County, Kenansville — Nittaw Station
Once part of Henry Flagler's Florida East Coast Railway, Nittaw was a stop on the railroad that ran from Wewahootie to Okeechobee. Nittaw became a sawmill town, maintaining a small population and post office. The closing of the Okeechobee Rail Line . . . Map (db m128663) HM
15 Florida, Palm Beach County, Boca Raton — F-331 — F.E.C. Railway Depot, Boca Raton
The rails of Henry Flagler’s Florida East Coast Railway first reached Boca Raton in 1895 providing an essential link in the extension of the railroad system south to Miami and the Florida Keys, and fostering the tourism and agricultural . . . Map (db m96926) HM
16 Florida, Palm Beach County, Delray Beach — F-375 — Florida East Coast Railway Station
This 40’ freight section is all that remains of the old railroad station constructed in 1896 by the Florida East Coast Railway Company. The station originally stood on the east side of the tracks, one block south of Atlantic Avenue. The original . . . Map (db m96973) HM
17 Florida, St. Johns County, St. Augustine — Alcazar Hotel / City Hall
Built by Henry Flagler, the Alcázar Hotel opened as a companion to the Ponce de León in 1888. The building, one of the first multi-storied structures in the country constructed with poured concrete, was designed by John M. Carrere and Thomas . . . Map (db m115580) HM
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18 Florida, St. Johns County, St. Augustine — Cordova Hotel/County Courthouse Reported missing
Designed and built by Franklin W. Smith, the Casa Monica Hotel opened in January 1888. The medieval Spanish style structure was one of the earliest multi-storied buildings in the United States constructed of poured concrete. In April 1888, Henry M. . . . Map (db m129656) HM
19 Florida, St. Johns County, St. Augustine — F-636 — Florida East Coast Railway - General Office Buildings
Henry M. Flagler built the Florida East Coast Railway (FEC) to link his resort empire and establish the east coast of Florida as “The American Riviera.” Flagler, partner with John D. Rockefeller in Standard Oil, developed the Atlantic . . . Map (db m77255) HM
20 Florida, St. Johns County, St. Augustine — Henry Flagler's "Winter Newport"
In 1876, tycoon Henry Flagler took his ailing wife to St. Augustine to get her away from Cleveland's cold winters. Although he was delighted by the magnificent orange groves, lodging was primitive, and the pace was too leisurely for his taste. . . . Map (db m134493) HM
21 Florida, St. Johns County, St. Augustine — Henry M. Flagler1830 - 1913
Builder of the Florida East Coast Railway The Ponce de Leon Hotel (Flagler College) and the Hotel Alcazar (The Lightner Museum) in St. Augustine. This bronze statue was installed to recognize his achievements in developing the State of . . . Map (db m126120) HM
22 Florida, St. Johns County, St. Augustine — Hotel AlcazarFlagler Era, Built 1887-1889
The Hotel Alcazar was constructed by Henry Flagler, Standard Oil Company co-founder and developer of the Florida East Coast Railway. The Alcazar was part of a trio of Moorish and Spanish Renaissance Revival styled resorts that depicted Flagler's . . . Map (db m112489) HM
23 Florida, St. Johns County, St. Augustine — F-1020 — Model Land Company National Register Historic District
Early Spanish colonists settled in this area in the 1700s and used it for small-scale farming. By 1720, in order to improve St. Augustine's defenses, settlers built the Rosario and Cubo defense lines though the area. By 1737, a Franciscan mission . . . Map (db m136032) HM
24 Florida, St. Johns County, St. Augustine — St. Johns Railway
This highway follows closely the route of the old St. Johns Railway between Tocoi Landing on the St. Johns River and St. Augustine. Chartered in 1858, it was the first railroad to serve the city. Steam power was temporarily used on the line in the . . . Map (db m73857) HM
25 Florida, Volusia County, Ormond Beach — F-41 — Hotel Ormond
Hotel Ormond, named for Volusia County pioneer James Ormond, was built in 1887 by John Anderson and Joseph Price. The large frame building was bought and enlarged by Henry M. Flagler in the 1890's. Operated by Flagler's Florida East Coast Railway, . . . Map (db m34552) HM
26 Ohio, Huron County, Bellevue — 5-39 — Henry Morrison Flagler(1830-1913)
A founder of the Standard Oil Company, Henry Morrison Flagler spent his formative years in Bellevue and began his business career here in 1844, building his home near this site in 1858. He first became associated with John D. Rockefeller as a fellow . . . Map (db m135371) HM
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Jun. 1, 2023