Fellsmere Grade Historical

Fellsmere Grade Historical (HM1SUE)

Location: Fellsmere, FL 32948 Brevard County
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Country: United States of America
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N 27° 49.345', W 80° 36.448'

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Fellsmere, the northernmost town in St. Lucie County in 1919, had a population of over 800 people. The county built the first public road to cross the St. Johns River marsh in St. Lucie County (now Indian River County). Promoted as the Fellsmere-Tampa cross state road, this road allowed travel between the interior and the coast. From 1919 until the 1940's, this road served as an important transportation route from Fellsmere, across the river to Kenansville, the sawmill at Holopaw, and the cattle markets of Kissimmee, but it never reached Tampa. During these decades it became a state road (SSR 170) and provided a corridor to Central Florida and a recreational access to the St. Johns River marshes. The town of Fellsmere was dependent on the sportsmen attracted to these resources. In the late 1940's the bridges burned across the river and the Fellsmere Grade ended in the marsh six miles from this site. Today this road serves the public as a recreational access.
Year Placed1999
Placed BySt. Johns River Water Management District, Indian River County Historical Society, and Florida Department of State
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Wednesday, June 29th, 2016 at 9:01am PDT -07:00
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Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)17R E 538658 N 3077592
Decimal Degrees27.82241667, -80.60746667
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 27° 49.345', W 80° 36.448'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds27° 49' 20.7" N, 80° 36' 26.88" W
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Area Code(s)772
Which side of the road?Marker is on the right when traveling East
Closest Postal AddressAt or near Fellsmere Grade Rd, Fellsmere FL 32948, US
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