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A cross peninsula railroad for the State of Florida was the dream of the man for whom Levy County was named, David Levy Yulee. The Florida Railroad, a 155.5 mile rail line, linked Fernandina on the Atlantic Ocean with Cedar Key on the Gulf of Mexico.
When the line was completed and the scream of the first locomotive was heard in Cedar Key on March 16, 1861, the groundwork was laid for Levy County to develop and prosper. The rail line was discontinued in 1932 and few remnants remain to remind us of what once was; however, the Levy County Historical Society is offering a history of the Florida Railroad in Levy County entitled “Follow the Trail of the Rail” for your reading enjoyment.
In addition, to commemorate the 150th Anniversary of the completion of the rail line, historic markers have been posted on SR 24 to denote the location of the 11 station stops on the 42-mile stretch of the Florida Railroad in Levy County. Many of the communities that owe their beginnings and prosperity to the railroad no longer exist but this publication gives you a brief history of those ghost towns and their contribution to the history and heritage of our county.
Copies of the booklet can be purchased at the Cedar Key Historical Society, Levy County Quilt Museum, and the Levy County Public Libraries in Bronson, Cedar Key, Chiefland, Williston, and Yankeetown. This publication is a great stocking stuffer for the history lover on your gift list!
To make arrangements for copies to be mailed to your out of the area relatives and friends, please call either Lindon Lindsey at (352) 493-4066 or Toni Collins (352) 490-5636. The Levy County Historical Society is a Florida not-for-profit tax exempt organization dedicated to preserving and promoting the history of Levy County.