The Jupiter and Lake Worth Railway "Celestial Railroad" 1889-1895

The Jupiter and Lake Worth Railway "Celestial Railroad" 1889-1895 (HM2CQ2)

Location: Jupiter, FL 33477 Palm Beach County
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N 26° 56.547', W 80° 4.823'

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The Jupiter and Lake Worth (J. & L.W.) Railway crossed this site running 7 ½ miles from Jupiter Inlet to Juno at the north end of Lake Worth. A hack line originally operated on the same route, transporting visitors and freight with wagons pulled by oxen. The narrow gauge railroad began operation on July 4, 1889, as Lake Worth pioneers celebrated with a free ride to Jupiter. Since there was no turntable, the train steamed forward to Juno and in reverse back to Jupiter. The Indian River Steamboat Company connected passengers and freight from Titusville to the J. & L.W. Railway wharf, then by rail to Juno, the Dade County seat. Engineer Blus Rice played Dixie on the wood-burning steam engine whistle to alert waiting passengers. In 1893, an article in Harper's New Monthly Magazine dubbed the line the "Celestial Railroad" because it stopped at Jupiter, Mars, Venus, and Juno. Mars and Venus were freight stops for loading pineapples, coconuts, citrus and other locally grown produce. In 1893, Henry Flagler used the railroad to haul lumber and supplies to build the Royal Poinciana Hotel on Palm Beach. Bankruptcy and Flagler's Florida East Coast Railroad ended the Celestial Railroad's operations in April 1895.
HM NumberHM2CQ2
Year Placed2010
Placed ByThe Town of Jupiter and the Florida Department of State. (Marker Number F-702.)
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Date Added Monday, December 10th, 2018 at 7:01am PST -08:00
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Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)17R E 591288 N 2980393
Decimal Degrees26.94245000, -80.08038333
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 26° 56.547', W 80° 4.823'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds26° 56' 32.82" N, 80° 4' 49.38" W
Driving DirectionsGoogle Maps
Area Code(s)561
Which side of the road?Marker is on the right when traveling South
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 960 Florida A1A, Jupiter FL 33477, US
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