Melbourne Ice Plant

Melbourne Ice Plant (HMWYZ)

Location: Melbourne, FL 32901 Brevard County
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Country: United States of America
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N 28° 4.972', W 80° 36.344'

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This building is on the National Register of Historic Places

This building was started in December, 1926, by Florida Power and Light Co. as a 150-ton ice plant. The plant was to be built in units, with the first unit having a 50-ton capacity. Cost of the building was about $100,000.

However, the ice plant never went beyond the 50-ton capacity, probably because other ice plants were built closer to the South Florida vegetable fields.

Before this plant was built, one in Fort Pierce shipped ice to Melbourne on the Florida East Coast Railway. Someone would meet the train with a horse and wagon and deliver ice door-to-door.

Those who wanted to make ice cream in hand-cranked home units would bury a block of ice in a hole in the ground until Sunday rolled around, then they made ice cream for the whole family.
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HM NumberHMWYZ
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Placed BySouth Brevard Historical Society and the City of Melbourne
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Date Added Saturday, October 25th, 2014 at 10:59am PDT -07:00
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Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)17R E 538735 N 3106444
Decimal Degrees28.08286667, -80.60573333
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 28° 4.972', W 80° 36.344'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds28° 4' 58.32" N, 80° 36' 20.64" W
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Area Code(s)321
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 1959-2199 Tangerine St, Melbourne FL 32901, US
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