Fort Pierce Railroad Station

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Title

Fort Pierce Railroad Station

Alternative Title

Fort Pierce Railroad Station

Subject

Fort Pierce (Fla.)
Railroads--Florida
City halls--United States
Churches--Florida

Description

Avenue A in Fort Pierce, Florida. To the left is the first Fort Pierce City Hall, with the Hendry House and First Baptist Church of Fort Pierce just behind it. To the right of the church and across the street is the East Coast Lumber and Supply Company. On the far right is the Fort Pierce Train Station, Florida East Coast Railway main line in the early 1900s.

The Fort Pierce train station was located along the tracks that now run through Downtown Fort Pierce. Henry Flagler (1830-1913) expanded his Florida East Coast Railway (FEC) down the Florida east coast from Jacksonville in 1894, forever transforming the economic development of Florida. In 1911, Fort Pierce was established as a division point for the FEC. This new and efficient form of transportation began to take the place of coastal and canal transportation such as cargo shipping and commuter travel and significantly developed the connection between northern markets and southern products. Citrus, sugar, and pineapple farmers and fishermen located on the coast established packinghouses near the station. It also affected the population growth of these areas, as passengers found it easier, faster, and more comfortable to travel further south. New employment opportunities also drew in a heavy population, rapidly expanding the agricultural economy of Fort Pierce, which economically benefited immensely from this expansion.

The original Fort Pierce train station was torn down and replaced in 1967. A replica of the old depot is located at the entrance of the St. Lucie County Regional History Center building and also houses the "Train Station Room," which includes dioramas, models, murals and photographs of historic Fort Pierce.

Source

Digital reproduction of original 8 x 10 inch black and white photograph: Print Collections, image number C0PR03369, Florida Photographic Collection, State Library and Archives of Florida, Tallahassee, Florida.

Date Created

ca. 1900-1919

Contributor

Moore, Samantha

Is Format Of

Original 8 x 10 inch black and white photograph: Print Collections, image number C0PR03369, Florida Photographic Collection, State Library and Archives of Florida, Tallahassee, Florida.

Is Part Of

Print Collections, Florida Photographic Collection, State Library and Archives of Florida, Tallahassee, Florida.
Central Florida Railroad Depots Collection, RICHES of Central Florida.

Format

image/jpg

Extent

33 KB

Medium

8 x 10 inch black and white photograph

Type

Still Image

Coverage

Florida East Coast Railway Station, Fort Pierce, Florida

Accrual Method

Donation

Mediator

History Teacher
Civics/Government Teacher
Economics Teacher
Geography Teacher

Rights Holder

Copyright to this resource is held by the State Library and Archives of Florida and is provided here by RICHES of Central Florida for educational purposes only.

Contributing Project

Dr. Connie L. Lester's American Economic History Undergraduate Class, Spring 2014

Curator

Moore, Samantha
Cepero, Laura

Digital Collection

External Reference

"History." Florida East Coast Railway. http://fecrwy.com/about/history.
Bramson, Seth. Speedway to Sunshine: The Story of the Florida East Coast Railway. Erin, ON: Boston Mills Press, 2003.
Mulligan, Michael. Railroad Depots of Central Florida. Charleston, SC: Arcadia Pub, 2008.
Turner, Gregg M. A Journey into Florida Railroad History. Gainesville: University Press of Florida, 2008.
Turner, Gregg M. A Short History of Florida Railroads. Charleston, SC: Arcadia Pub, 2003.
Murdock, R. Ken. Outline History of Central Florida Railroads. Winter Garden, Fla: Central Florida Chapter, National Railway Historical Society, 1997.
"RICHES Podcast Documentaries, Episode 25: The Railways of Central Florida." RICHES of Central Florida. https://richesmi.cah.ucf.edu/omeka2/items/show/2477.
"The Train Station Room." St. Lucie County Government. https://www.stlucieco.gov/history/train_station.htm.

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