History in Pictures: The Jacksonville Terminal

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For decades, it was the gateway to Florida and the largest passenger rail station south of Washington, DC. With over 2,000 employees, it was also one of Jacksonville's largest employers. Unfortunately, they say good things must come to an end. Today, Metro Jacksonville shares a visual timeline of the rise and fall of downtown's train station: The Jacksonville Terminal.

The old Jacksonville Terminal station, built in 1898, around 1910. The current Jacksonville Terminal building was completed in 1919.
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How we travel throughout the city has dramatically changed since the 1919 opening of the Jacksonville Terminal.
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A true intermodal transportation center: Railroad Row's West Bay Street, just outside of the new Jacksonville Terminal, in 1921. Rail passengers arriving to Jacksonville, transferred to Jacksonville Traction Company streetcars to gain access to neighborhoods throughout the city. This photograph also captures the Terminal Hotel at the intersection of Bay and Johnson Streets. The Terminal Hotel was an example of early 20th century Transit Oriented Development (TOD).
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