St. Lucie County Regional History Center

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Title

St. Lucie County Regional History Center

Alternative Title

St. Lucie County History Center

Subject

Fort Pierce (Fla.)
Railroads--Florida
Museums--Florida

Description

St. Lucie County Regional History Center, located at 414 Seaway Drive in Fort Pierce, Florida, in 2014. The history center is located in what was once the Fort Pierce train station.

The Fort Pierce train station was located along the tracks that now run through downtown Fort Pierce, Florida. Henry Flagler (1830-1913) expanded his railroad 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 Florida East Coast Railway Company. 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.

Creator

Moore, Samantha

Source

Original color digital image by Samantha Moore, 2014.

Date Created

2014

Contributor

Moore, Samantha

Is Part Of

Central Florida Railroad Depots Collection, RICHES of Central Florida.

Format

image/jpg

Medium

1 color digital image

Language

eng

Type

Still Image

Coverage

St. Lucie County Regional History Center, Fort Pierce, Florida

Accrual Method

Donation

Mediator

History Teacher
Geography Teacher

Provenance

Originally created by Samantha Moore.

Rights Holder

Copyright to this resource is held by Samantha Moore 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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