Historic Markers Across Florida

Highland Avenue From Eau Gallie Boulevard To Montreal Street

Marker ID:  
Location: Northeast corner of Eau Gallie Boulevard & Highland Avenue, Eau Gallie area.)
County: Brevard
Waymark: None


On the southwest corner of this intersection in the early years of 1900, stood a drugstore operated by S. K. Watts. Dr. W. J. Creel had offices in the rear of the drugstore and supervised the filling of prescriptions.

Across the street, the large brick building was the State Bank of Eau Gallie, built in 1925.

South of the bank, in the middle of the block, was the Airdrome Theater, a tin building ¬hot in summer, cold in winter.

Lansing Gleason, a descendant of the Pioneer Gleason Family, recalled that downtown Eau Gallie had numerous fish houses, each with a barrel of whiskey set up at holiday times. A tin cup was provided on a help-yourself-basis. Things got pretty rowdy at times. Although Highland Avenue was the main street, there were not many people here. Saloon customers sometimes became excited and took to the street with rifles, shooting up and down the thoroughfare. Nobody ever was hurt.

Highland Avenue, in the early years of the 20th Century, looked like an old town of the western frontier.

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