Historic Markers Across Florida

Florida's First Railroad

Marker ID: FLHM 
Location: U.S. 98, East Port St. Joe
County: Gulf
Waymark: None


Florida´s first railroad was constructed for the Lake Wimico & St. Joseph Canal & Railroad Company. Work began in 1835 and the first train ran in March 1836. The line extended nine miles from St. Joseph to Lake Wimico. The state´s first steam locomotive was added in 1837. Economic distress, shallow lake waters, and a yellow fever epidemic combined to cause the abandonment of the line in 1839 and the decline of St. Joseph by 1840.


City: Port St. Joe, FL