Tallahassee to St. Marks Historic Railroad Timeline

Tallahassee to St. Marks Historic Railroad State Trail History

1826

A road was being constructed from Tallahassee to the St. Marks River

1831

The Tallahassee Railroad Company received the first Congressional Land Grant ever given to a railroad

1835

The Tallahassee Railroad Company was approved by the Florida Legislative Council

1836

The first train traversed the railway

1837

Tallahassee-St. Marks Railroad construction completed and regular business operations began

1838

30,000 bales of cotton traveled on the railroad since its operations began

1839

The railroad was extended to Port Leon with the construction of a bridge over the St. Marks River

1843

A hurricane demolished the section of rail in and leading to Port Leon, and St. Marks became the new southern terminus of the railroad

1856

The wooden rails are replaced by steel rails and the mule-drawn carriages were replaced by locomotives

1865

Tallahassee-St. Marks Railroad moved hundreds of confederate troops during the Civil War to the Battle of Natural Bridge

Engraving of railway depot - St. Marks(ca 1876)

Engraving of railway depot – St. Marks(ca 1876)
Credit: State Archives of Florida, Florida Memory,
http://floridamemory.com/items/show/27758

Seaboard Air Line Railway Compan car at buildings on the riverfront

Seaboard Air Line Railway Company car at buildings on the riverfront
Credit: State Archives of Florida, Florida Memory,
http://floridamemory.com/items/show/24290

1983

Tallahassee-St. Marks Railroad stopped operating

1984

The Florida Department of Transportation purchased 16 miles of the corridor and Florida’s first “Rails to trails” project began.

Bicyclists on the St. Marks Trail - Tallahassee, Florida

Bicyclists on the St. Marks Trail
Credit: Deborah Thomas, State Archives of Florida, Florida Memory,
http://floridamemory.com/items/show/114535
(please include photographer’s name when noted).

Bicyclists on Saint Marks Trail

Bicyclists on Saint Marks Trail
Credit: Deborah Thomas, State Archives of Florida, Florida Memory, http://floridamemory.com/items/show/114534

2008

Boundless Playground was added to the Wakulla Station Trailhead

Boundless Playground

Boundless Playground at the Wakulla Station Trailhead

2011

The Tallahassee to St. Marks Historic Railroad State Trail was widened from 8 to 12 feet

Reopening of the Tallahassee-St. Marks Historic Railroad State Trail

Event participants cut the ribbon during the reopening of the Tallahassee-St. Marks Historic Railroad State Trail
Credit: Florida Department of Environmental Protection

Cyclist on the St. Marks Trail

Cyclist on the Tallahassee to St. Marks Historic Railroad State Trail (2012)

2013

The development of the Capital City to the Sea Trails Master Plan begins

Capital City to the Sea Trails Logo

Capital City to the Sea Trails Logo

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