Railroads in Tavares, FL in 1900

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My father worked for ACL for forty-seven years. His father is listed in the 1900 Federal Census of Tavares, FL as a telegrapher. What railroad(s) would have run through Tavares at that time? Would appreciate any help anyone can give me.

-- Marguerite Westmoreland Law (gilaw@ix.netcom.com), May 24, 2001


According to information in The Story of the Florida Railroads 1834 - 1903, the Seaboard Air Line did not take over a predecessor line, the Florida Central & Peninsular RR (from Wildwood through Tavares to Orlando and Lake Charm (Oviedo) until 1903. So, the line in 1900 would have been the Florida Central & Peninsular RR. The old FC&P station in Tavares survived into the l980's when it burned to the ground. In its last years, it was a very nice antique shop! I hope this information helps you!

-- Aaron Dowling (aarondowling@cfl.rr.com), August 20, 2002.

There were three railroads in Tavares, the PLANT SYSTEM(later Atlantic Coast Line), SEABOARD AIR LINE RR and TAVARES & GULF R.R.(a short line).

-- Tom Underwood (tlunder@attglobal.net), May 24, 2001.

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