Boca Grande Once A Railroad Town by Robert Fischer Signed Spiral bound
Boca Grande Once A Railroad Town by Robert Fischer Signed Spiral bound
Boca Grande Once A Railroad Town by Robert Fischer Signed Spiral bound
Boca Grande Once A Railroad Town by Robert Fischer Signed Spiral bound
Boca Grande Once A Railroad Town by Robert Fischer Signed Spiral bound
Boca Grande Once A Railroad Town by Robert Fischer Signed Spiral bound

Boca Grande Once A Railroad Town by Robert Fischer Signed Spiral bound

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Boca Grande Once A Railroad Town by Robert Fischer Signed Spiral bound
 
Boca Grande Once A Railroad Town BY Robert F. Fischer
Spiral bound  74 pages
Copyright 2004 Signed

Contents
Welcome to Railroad Heaven
Phosphate Rock
Predecessor Companies of the Peace River Mining Company
The Florida Internal Improvement Trust Fund
The Florida Southern Railway
The Charlotte Harbor & Northern Railway
Railroad Charter or Incorporation?
Seaboard Air Line Railway President Solomon Davies Warfield
Phosphate Rock and Railroads
What County is Gasparilla Island In?
The Homestead Act of 1862
Homestead Entry versus Cash Entry Land Patents
Charles J. Ives, the Phantom Homesteader?
The Central Railway & Steamship Company
The Honorable Albert W. Gilchrist, Governor of Florida
United States & West Indies Railway & Steamship Company
United States Marine Hospital Service
Corporate Evolution of the Alafia, Manatee & Gulf Coast Railway
Phosphate Rock, Railroads, and Real Estate
The Santa Fe Railroad on Gasparilla Island?
Public Right-of-Way Grants
What's in a Corporate Name?
The Port at South Boca Grande
Footprints of the Past
The United States Lighthouse Service
Boca Grande Inn, Inc., d/b/a the Boca Grande Hotel
Bibliography
Boca Grande Timeline

Welcome to Railroad Heaven
The first time I visited Boca Grande was back in the summer of 1970. I had recently returned home from war in Asia and was still somewhat disoriented by the experience and reluctant to accept the reality that survival was no longer my prime concern in life. I had been more fortunate than many; my body and mind were whole. I had a fiancee, I had a career, and I had soon-to-be relatives living in Port Charlotte, Florida, who appreciated my love for their daughter, as well as my fondness for trains and railroad history.
Over the years I have learned that initial impressions often remain the most poignant and enduring of memories. When the real estate between Port Charlotte and Gasparilla Island had been little more than uninhabited pine and palmetto lands, a colorful billboard painted with diesel locomotive and train - boldly advertising "Ship and Travel the Seaboard Coast Line" - conveniently marked the Boca Grande turn-off at Murdock. This sign, so reminiscent of an earlier America, stood on the northwest corner of US Route 41 at its ''T" intersection with the road that led through El Jobean and Placida to Gasparilla Island. In those days it had been County Route 771 and didn't continue eastward across the Tamiami Trail as it now does. The billboard had been a wonderful signpost along an otherwise desolate stretch of US Route 41. The only other sign of inhabitation in this area had been DeSoto Groves, "We ship fruit anywhere in the US."
A short distance beyond the turn-off, the single track of the Seaboard Coast Line Railroad crossed the highway at grade near the billboard and ran southward alongside two-lane County Route 771. The railroad's right-of-way was razor straight and level. The line consisted of miles of dazzling white sand-ballasted roadbed frequently interrupted by short spans of creosote, timber, pile trestles that passed over reaching fingers of soft marshland. At El Jobean the railroad crossed the Myakka River on a long, low, timber, pile trestle. Midway across - spanning the channel - a steel, aluminum painted, rolling lift bridge permitted boats passage through the railroad. Farther south, at a sandy, quiet, "Y" junction (now the intersection of Sailors Way and Route 776) County Route 776 branched off, crossed the railroad at grade, and continued westward to Englewood while County Route 771 continued southward, as it still does, to Placida and, ultimately, to Boca Grande.

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