FEC Railroad Station Vero Beach, Florida

Old Photo Vero Beach Station

     The earliest stop on the FEC railroad in the Vero Beach area was a whistle stop at mile marker 350.     The first station was a small one story wooden structure. It was built in 1903  by Henry Flagler.  There was a separate freight station.

     In 1916, the passenger station was expanded;an observation bay was installed as was a new door. In 1936, the depot was rehab bed to expand the ticket booth and add restrooms.

    In the 1940’s, both the freight and passenger stations were busy.  Troops were coming and leaving from Vero Beach Naval Air Station

     In 1968, passenger service ended. Freight service ended in 1979.  The passenger depot stood abandoned on the east side of the tracks on Commerce Avenue.

     In 1984, the depot was purchased from the FEC railroad by the Indian County Historical Society.  Cost was one dollar.  It was moved one and one half miles to its new location at 2336  14th Avenue.  An extensive rehab was undertaken before the depot reopened as a museum.

    The station was listed on the National Register of Historic Places 1987.

Vero Beach Station Historical Plaque

Vero Beach Railroad Station

Lake Okeechobee Florida

Plaque Cliff Betts, Jr Lake side Recreation Area Formerly Lock 7

Lake Okeechobee

     Lake Okeechobee is the largest freshwater lake in Florida. Its area is 730 square miles.   It is 28.95 miles in width.  It is 35.7 miles in length.  The average depth is 9 feet.  Inflow into the lake is the Kissimmee River and Fisheating Creek. Outflow is the Everglades, Caloosahatchee River, and Saint Lucie River.  The lake is located in Glades, Okeechobee, Martin, Palm Beach, and Hendry Countries.

Lake Okeechobee

Huey P. Long Bridge, Jefferson Parish, Louisana

Huey P.. Long Bridge

     This bridge opened in December, 1935.  It was named after former governor Huey P. Long.  The bridge type is metal cantilever 22 panel multiple type connected Baltimore through truss, fixed and approach spans: metal 14 panel rivet connected Pennsylvania through truss fixed. There are three main spans.   Main span length is 790 feet.  Structure length is 22,996 feet.  Width is 84 feet.  It carries a two track railroad line–New Orleans Belt Railroad.  There are three lanes of US 90 on either side of the railroad tracks. The East Bank entrance is at Elmwood, Louisana.  The West Bank is at Bridge City.

Huey P. Long Bridge

     This bridge was the first over the Mississippi River in Louisiana.    It was built by the American Bridge Company of New York.  It was designed by Ralph Modeski.

Huey P. Long Bridge

Huey P. Long Bridge