The "Luraville Locomotive"

The "Luraville Locomotive" (HM1A2P)

Location: Tallahassee, FL 32399 Leon County
Country: United States of America

N 30° 26.347', W 84° 13.398'

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Its specific identity lost to time and the Suwannee River, the Luraville Locomotive is one of the nation's oldest "iron horse" steam locomotives. Most likely built between 1850 and 1855, the oft-modified 10-ton, wood-burning American 4-4-0 steam locomotive played a role in Florida's early logging history. At one time the engine may have sported a cowcatcher and perhaps was used to pull passenger cars. It became a tram engine c. 1890 and was used to haul logs for the Bache Brothers Lumber Company to its sawmill near Luraville, Suwannee County. The locomotive's working career ended sometime around 1900 when the engine sank to the bottom of the Suwannee River while being loaded onto a barge at or near the Live Oak & Gulf Railroad's Suwannee River terminus in Peek. In 1979, a team headed by Luraville resident James Lancaster hoisted the remains of the locomotive and two sets of iron wheels from the river bottom. The locomotive was sunsequently purchased and presented to the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services for safekeeping and preservation. The partially restored engine now rests in front of a load of bald-cypress logs, a fitting monument to an important era in Florida's history.
HM NumberHM1A2P
Marker NumberF-709
Year Placed2011
Placed ByThe Florida Society of American Foresters, The Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services, The Florida Division of Forestry, The Generosity of Jack and Peggy Goyke and the Florida Department of State
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Date Added Thursday, October 9th, 2014 at 2:47am PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)16R E 766670 N 3370719
Decimal Degrees30.43911667, -84.22330000
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 30° 26.347', W 84° 13.398'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds30° 26' 20.82" N, 84° 13' 23.88" W
Driving DirectionsGoogle Maps
Area Code(s)850
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 3125 Conner Blvd, Tallahassee FL 32399, US
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