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The Jupiter and Lake Worth Railway, "Celestial Railroad" 1889-1895
Posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member Markerman62
N 26° 56.547 W 080° 04.823
17R E 591288 N 2980393
Quick Description: Located at 18085 N FL A1A
Location: Florida, United States
Date Posted: 8/10/2018 9:57:33 PM
Waymark Code: WMYYDE
Published By: Groundspeak Premium Member Marine Biologist
Views: 2

Long Description:
The Jupiter and Lake Worth (J. & L.W.) Railway crossed this site running 7 ½ miles from Jupiter Inlet to Juno at the north end of Lake Worth. A hack line originally operated on the same route, transporting visitors and freight with wagons pulled by oxen. The narrow gauge railroad began operation on July 4, 1889, as Lake Worth pioneers celebrated with a free ride to Jupiter. Since there was no turntable, the train steamed forward to Juno and in reverse back to Jupiter. The Indian River Steamboat Company connected passengers and freight from Titusville to the J. & L.W. Railway wharf, then by rail to Juno, the Dade County seat. Engineer Blus Rice played Dixie on the wood-burning steam engine whistle to alert waiting passengers. In 1893, an article in Harper’s New Monthly Magazine dubbed the line the “Celestial Railroad” because it stopped at Jupiter, Mars, Venus, and Juno. Mars and Venus were freight stops for loading pineapples, coconuts, citrus and other locally grown produce. In 1893, Henry Flagler used the railroad to haul lumber and supplies to build the Royal Poinciana Hotel on Palm Beach. Bankruptcy and Flagler’s Florida East Coast Railroad ended the Celestial Railroad’s operations in April 1895.
Marker Number: F-702

Date: 2010

County: Palm Beach

Marker Type: City

Sponsored or placed by: The Town of Jupiter and the Florida Department of State

Website: Not listed

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