Atlantic Coast Line Train Depot

Atlantic Coast Line Train Depot (HM1J0L)

Location: Mount Dora, FL 32757 Lake County
Country: United States of America

N 28° 47.961', W 81° 38.751'

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Current Home of the Mount Dora Area Chamber of Commerce

The first railway line was opened in Mount Dora in 1887 by the Jacksonville, Tampa and Key West
Railway (JT&KW) The 29.5 mile branch ran from Sanford to Tavares with a morning and evening stop at the Mount Dora Depot. In 1902, the Atlantic Coast Line Railroad (ACL) acquired the trains and track as part of a large orange grove land purchase.

In response to the successful citrus industry and booming population, the ACL Railroad replaced the aging nineteenth century depot with a newer building in 1915. Rather than replicating the rectangular design of the old depot, railroad architects and carpenters created a segmented arched wall system to conform to the alignment of Alexander Street and the railroad track. The cost of the new building was $8,223.

By 1922, there were four trains with passengers, mail and freight arriving daily in Mount Dora. Locally grown oranges were shipped by train all over the country and wrapped in tissue paper bearing a bass symbol. Flyers were included with the citrus offering free Mount Dora brochures on request.

The last passenger train left Mount Dora in 1960, and the last citrus freight left by rail in 1973. The Mount Dora Chamber of Commerce leased the depot and eventually purchased the historic site.
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HM NumberHM1J0L
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Placed ByMount Dora Chamber of Commerce
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Date Added Monday, February 2nd, 2015 at 9:01am PST -08:00
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Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)17R E 436972 N 3185926
Decimal Degrees28.79935000, -81.64585000
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 28° 47.961', W 81° 38.751'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds28° 47' 57.66" N, 81° 38' 45.06" W
Driving DirectionsGoogle Maps
Area Code(s)352, 407
Which side of the road?Marker is on the right when traveling South
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 341 Alexander St, Mount Dora FL 32757, US
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