Union Cypress Railway

Union Cypress Railway (HM1R3H)

Location: Melbourne, FL 32904 Brevard County
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N 28° 4.085', W 80° 39.233'

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This 18.5-mile standard-gauge railway was built to carry logs from the large cypress/pine holdings of George W. Hopkins, at Deer Park, to the Union Cypress sawmill just south of Melbourne. Two new and seven used steam locomotives would eventually ride the 50-lb. rails, crossing the St. Johns River on a 2,850-foot wooden trestle south of Lake Sawgrass. This was the first direct route across the St. Johns for 80 miles south of Enterprise, preceding the Kissimmee Highway (U.S. 192) by 6 years. Melbourne to Kissimmee travel was now only 53 miles, compared to a previous 128 miles by rail or 153 miles by road. The railway opened up the vast prairie lands along the St. Johns for settlement and carried much of the regional commerce: cut timber, naval stores, livestock, and farm produce as well as people and the materiel of their daily lives. Trains ferried automobiles across the marsh on flat cars when floods closed the Kissimmee Highway. Logging and railway operations ceased after Hopkins died in January, 1925. Foshee Manufacturing Co. took over in March, 1928, and operated until forced to quit in late 1932 due to a declining lumber market in the Great Depression. Only the skeletal St. Johns River trestle remains today.
HM NumberHM1R3H
Marker NumberF-619
Year Placed2008
Placed ByThe Brevard County Historical Commission, The Brevard County Tourist Development Council and the Florida Department of State
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Date Added Thursday, March 17th, 2016 at 9:01am PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)17R E 534009 N 3104792
Decimal Degrees28.06808333, -80.65388333
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 28° 4.085', W 80° 39.233'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds28° 4' 5.1" N, 80° 39' 13.98" W
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Area Code(s)321
Which side of the road?Marker is on the right when traveling South
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 523 Hollywood Blvd, Melbourne FL 32904, US
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