Historic Markers Across Florida



Florida East Coast Railroad



Marker ID:  
Location: At New Haven Avenue Railroad Crossing, Melbourne
County: Brevard
Coordinates: N 28° 4.688    W 080° 36.273
  28.07813333    -80.60455
Waymark: None
 



Text:

Henry M. Flagler, Florida East Coast Railroad Owner, was influenced to extend his railroad south from Rockledge by a Melbourne resident: E.P. Branch.

The railroad tracks were built into Eau Gallie about 1892. Considerable delay was experienced in building the railroad bridge over the Eau Gallie River.

The tracks reached Melbourne June, 1893, and the first train reached Melbourne July 3, 1893 (a Monday), the same day that the Melbourne State Bank opened its doors. The day before, the first service had been held in the New Congregational Church of Melbourne.

Until Flagler could complete his rail line into Miami and later Key West, the F.E.C.R.R. connected in Melbourne to steamboats which carried passengers and freight down the Indian River.

Sponsored by: City of Melbourne