The Addison/Ellis Canal

The Addison/Ellis Canal (HMXU7)

Location: Titusville, FL 32780 Brevard County
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N 28° 32.042', W 80° 48.185'

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In 1911, Edgar W. Ellis and J. H. Beckwith put together a consortium of developers known as the Titusville Fruit and Farm Lands Company. They acquired 22,500 acres in the western portion of the old Delespine Grant with plans to drain marshland in the St. Johns River valley, to make the land usable for agricultural purposes. By 1913, 43 miles of lateral canals had been dug and work began on the Addison/Ellis Canal, which led from Addison Creek to the outlying vegetable fields. The canal was intended to relieve flooding in the St. Johns River by diverting floodwaters to the lagoon and to transport supplies and crops from the St. Johns River to the Indian River Lagoon, ending at Addison Point. The company used the coquina rock extracted from the canal to pave roads to their fields. The marshland and sand ridges proved no problem for the equipment used, but a coquina rock ridge that runs north-south proved insurmountable, and the canal was never completed. The consortium went broke and the project was abandoned. The canal never reached a useful depth, and construction ended just east of the scrub/coquina ridge in Addison Creek.
HM NumberHMXU7
Marker NumberF-602_MARKER
Year Placed2007
Placed ByThe Brevard County Historical Commission, The Brevard County Tourist Development Council and the Florida Department of State
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Date Added Saturday, September 6th, 2014 at 4:05pm PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)17R E 519265 N 3156378
Decimal Degrees28.53403333, -80.80308333
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 28° 32.042', W 80° 48.185'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds28° 32' 2.52" N, 80° 48' 11.10" W
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Area Code(s)321, 407
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 444 Columbia Blvd Park, Titusville FL 32780, US
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