Historic Markers Across Florida

Ice Plant

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Location: U.S. 1, near intersection of Seminole Avenue, Melbourne.
County: Brevard
Waymark: None


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

Before this ice plant was built, the one in Fort Pierce used to ship 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 home ice cream freezers would often bury the ice in a hole in the ground until Sunday rolled around. Then they made ice cream for the whole family.

Sponsored by: Majone Hussel and Grant Hussel Jr. in memory of Grant Hussel