Fort Pierce Train Station
In 1911, Fort Pierce was established as a division point for the FEC. This new form of transportation took the place of coastal and canal transportation, such as cargo shipping and commuter travel, effectively connecting northern markets with southern products. Packinghouses were established near the station by fisherman along with citrus, sugar, and pineapple farmers along the coast. The railroad brought prosperity to the town, enhancing newer neighborhoods with new schools and Mediterranean style buildings. It also stimulated population growth, as passengers found it easier, faster, and more comfortable to travel further south. New employment opportunities rapidly expanded the formerly agricultural economy of Fort Pierce.
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