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Steamboating on the Suwannee
Posted by: Groundspeak Regular Member The SuzyQs
N 29° 57.328 W 082° 55.692
17R E 313928 N 3315414
Quick Description: Town of Branford, Suwannee County, Florida
Location: Florida, United States
Date Posted: 11/21/2006 5:24:00 PM
Waymark Code: WMZB4
Published By: Groundspeak Premium Member tiki-4
Views: 33

Long Description:

Quoted from the Marker:
"In the late 19th century, steamboats docked regularly at the old depot in Branford (originally called Rowland's Bluff) when the settlement was a major port on the Suwannee River. From here the steam powered vessels carried the regions cotton, lumber and naval stores to market. In 1882, the depot also became the terminus for the Live Oak and Rowland's Bluff Railroad. Steamboat traffic ended on the Suwannee before 1920, but the depot continued as a railroad station for many years. The wrecks of the steamboats "Madison" and "City of Hawkinsville" and others that lie on the rivers bottom are reminders of a vanished era. In 1982, the Branford Shrine Club purchased the Depot from the S.C.L. Railroad and moved it to it's present site for use as a clubhouse and community center."

Earlier this year, the depot was removed from this park, due to damages sustained from the flood waters. The marker is the only thing left.

After doing some research Here. I have found that the marker is listed but has not information online. Next visit to Suwannee County, I will do more research and find out more information so that this waymark can be more informative than it is now.

Marker Number: F-365

Date: 1995

County: Suwannee

Marker Type: Roadside

Sponsored or placed by: Florida Department of State

Website: Not listed

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