Melbourne & Atlantic Railroad

Melbourne & Atlantic Railroad (HMZHF)

Location: Melbourne Beach, FL 32951 Brevard County
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Country: United States of America
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N 28° 4.104', W 80° 33.949'

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Melbourne Beach Historic Site

— Cyrus E. Graves —

On this site, in February of 1889, Captain Alfred Wilcox took delivery of a shipment of steel rail that would be used in the building of the Melbourne & Atlantic Railroad. Over the coming months, railroad track would be laid to connect the Indian River with the Atlantic Ocean. Starting on the western end of the Melbourne Beach Pier and running the distance of the pier and then continuing along a straight path to the Atlantic Ocean (where Ocean Ave would later be built) the Melbourne & Atlantic Railroad greatly improved ocean access for the growing number of citizens and visitors in Brevard County.

On July 17, 1889 Major Cyrus E. Graves signed the paperwork that laid out the streets of Melbourne Beach and allowed the railroad company "to lay and operate a railroad throughout the center of Ocean Avenue forever unmolested".

Capt. Rufus Beaujean (and later sons Don and Claude) provided for a fee motorized tram rides from the pier to the ocean.
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Date Added Wednesday, October 22nd, 2014 at 2:34pm PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)17R E 542663 N 3104855
Decimal Degrees28.06840000, -80.56581667
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 28° 4.104', W 80° 33.949'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds28° 4' 6.24" N, 80° 33' 56.94" W
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Area Code(s)321
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 496-998 Riverside Dr, Melbourne Beach FL 32951, US
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