Lie Down on the Tracks? St Lucie River/Indian River Lagoon

Jacqui Thurlow-Lippisch

Railroad Bridge, Stuart Florida. (Photo JTL) Railroad Bridge, Stuart Florida. (Photo JTL, 2014.)

Classic photo of original wooden trestle bridge over the St Lucie River and train-- courtesy of the Historical Society and Sandra H. Thurlow.) Classic photo of original wooden trestle bridge over the St Lucie River and train, courtesy of the Historical Society and Sandra H. Thurlow.)

train Train going over new steel railroad bridge in 1905 before it was double tracked. (Archives of Sandra Henderson Thurlow, Stuart on the St Lucie.)

Did you know that Henry Flagler’s East Coast Railroad was originally named “Jacksonville, St Augustine and Indian River Railroad? ” I didn’t until I reread my mother’s “Stuart on the St Lucie” book. The name was changed on September 9, 1895 to the infamous and famous East Coast Railroad. The train did and does, massively affect our Indian River Lagoon Region.

Yesterday, All Aboard Florida had a poster presentation at the Kane Center where the public was allowed to view and then put hand written comments in boxes. The Stuart News said 800 people showed up…

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