Steamboating on the Suwannee

Steamboating on the Suwannee (HMBLJ)

Location: Branford, FL 32008 Suwannee County
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Country: United States of America
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N 29° 57.324', W 82° 55.691'

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In the late 19th century, steamboats docked regularly at the old depot in Branford (originally called Rowland's Bluff) when the settlement was a major port on the Suwannee River. From here the steam powered vessels carried the region's cotton, lumber, and naval stores to market. In 1882, the depot also became the terminus for the Live Oak and Rowland's Bluff Railroad. Steamboat traffic ended on the Suwannee before 1920, but the depot continued in use as a railroad station for many years. The wrecks of the steamboats "Madison", the "City of Hawkinsville" and others that lie on the river's bottom are reminders of a vanished era. In 1982, the Branford Shrine Club purchased the depot from the S.C.L Railroad and moved it to its present site for use as a club house and community center.
Marker NumberF-365
Year Placed1995
Placed ByFlorida Department of State, Sandra B. Mortham, Secretary of State
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Date Added Thursday, October 2nd, 2014 at 12:02pm PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)17R E 313930 N 3315407
Decimal Degrees29.95540000, -82.92818333
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 29° 57.324', W 82° 55.691'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds29° 57' 19.44" N, 82° 55' 41.46" W
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Area Code(s)386
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 616 SW Ivey Memorial Park Dr, Branford FL 32008, US
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