Florida's Lost Transportation

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The lost urban railroads of Florida. A brief photo album of the lost rail transit systems in Florida.

Jacksonville: Jacksonville Traction Company - Florida's Largest Traction System

Courtesy of State Archives of Florida, Florida Memory, http://floridamemory.com/items/show/31292

Jacksonville's affiliation with streetcars date back as far as the 1870s. In 1936, the Jacksonville Traction Company became the first of Florida's major streetcar companies to cease all operations. By this time, with nearly 60 miles of streetcar track, it had become the largest streetcar system in the state.

Key West: Key West Traction Company

Streetcars in Key West dated back to 1885 when the Key West Streetcar Company opened with open-sided wooden cars pulled by two mules. Streetcar operations in Key West ended in 1926.

Miami: Miami Traction Company

Courtesy of State Archives of Florida, Florida Memory, http://floridamemory.com/items/show/29953

After a few unsuccessful efforts in establishing streetcar operations in Miami, the Miami Traction Company opened in 1915. In 1921, the system was purchased by the City of Miami and operated by the Miami Beach Railway Company. Streetcars in Miami ceased operations in 1940.

Miami Beach: Miami Beach Railway Company

The Miami Beach Railway Company operated from December 8, 1920 until October 17, 1939, connecting Miami to Miami Beach.

Ocala: Ocala Street Railway

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Around 1890, the Ocala Street and Suburban Railway laid tracks on Main and Magnolia Street for mule drawn cars. However, these tracks were removed before the end of the decade. During this era, Ocala was Florida's fifth largest city with a population of 4,597 in 1895.

Orlando: Orlando Street Railway

A franchise was given by the City of Orlando in 1886 to the Orlando Street Railway, to place tracks and run cars on certain streets. When completed, its main line ran along Orange Avenue from Lake Ivanhoe south to Lake Lucerne.
By 1893, operations had ceased and the tracks were removed in late 1896 or 1897, being considered a public nuisance.

Ormond Beach: Florida East Coast - The Ormond

Courtesy of State Archives of Florida, Florida Memory, http://floridamemory.com/items/show/28996

The Ormond streetcar connected Flagler's The Ormond Hotel with the Florida East Coast Railway. Service began in 1915 and ended a short time later.

Palatka: Palatka and Heights Street Railway

Courtesy of State Archives of Florida, Florida Memory, http://floridamemory.com/items/show/11003

According to Wikipedia, the Palatka and Heights Street Railway was chartered in March 1888. It opened in January 1889, with three miles of three-foot gauge track.

Palm Beach: Florida East Coast Streetcar - Palm Beach

Courtesy of State Archives of Florida, Florida Memory, http://floridamemory.com/items/show/28167

Florida East Coast Railway's Palm Beach streetcar connected Flagler's railroad with the Breakers Hotel.

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