The Fellsmere Railroad

The Fellsmere Railroad (HM1R84)

Location: Fellsmere, FL 32948 Indian River County
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Country: United States of America
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N 27° 46.445', W 80° 36.095'

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The standard-gauge Fellsmere Railroad was completed in 1910 with 60 lb. rail to replace the old Sebastian & Cincinnatus narrow-gauge railroad built in 1896 between Sebastian and Fellsmere. The Fellsmere Farms Company used the 10-mile-long railroad from September 1910 until May 1, 1911, for carrying logs to the Florida East Coast Railway in Sebastian and for transporting supplies, materials, equipment, and heavy machinery used for excavating drainage canals to Fellsmere. The railroad officially opened to the public on May 1, 1911, and ran four passenger trains daily with only two on Sunday, to and from Sebastian and Fellsmere. On January 23, 1913, the 12' x 32' Fellsmere Depot was opened for service, with Edward Nelson Fell, the founder of Fellsmere, purchasing the first ticket. The depot was built on the south side of the mainline north of the intersection of Broadway and South Carolina Avenue. By April 1915, the railroad was extended another 6 miles west of Fellsmere to Broadmoor (a now non-existent town). On June 2, 1924, the Trans-Florida Central Railroad (dubbed the "Dinky Line") took over railroad operations. On November 30, 1952, the railroad officially ceased operations after 42 years of service.
HM NumberHM1R84
Marker NumberF-725
Year Placed2011
Placed ByThe Indian River Historical Society, The Fellsmere Community Redevelopment Agency, and The Florida Department of State
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Friday, March 25th, 2016 at 9:02am PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)17R E 539254 N 3072240
Decimal Degrees27.77408333, -80.60158333
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 27° 46.445', W 80° 36.095'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds27° 46' 26.7" N, 80° 36' 5.7" W
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Area Code(s)772
Which side of the road?Marker is on the right when traveling West
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 9875-9899 Community Rd, Fellsmere FL 32948, US
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