Eau Gallie

"ALL ABOUT TRAINS AND KMI"

[1915 - 1920 period]


Day trip to the Union Cypress Lumber Mill in Deer Park near Holopaw Florida. The mill closed in about 1923. Holopaw is about 20 miles from Melbourne.

"Melbourne was a quiet coastal town of 157 people on Florida's Indian River lagoon. Farming, ranching, fishing, and related trades supported the local economy. Melbourne entered the industrial age in 1912, when the Union Cypress Company began manufacturing lumber from the private cypress and pine holdings of George W. Hopkins at Deer Park. This timber had a 1911 market value of over $2 million. Good employment and a local source of lumber brought development, and the company-owned mill town of Hopkins was eventually annexed by Melbourne. The company provided Melbourne's first electricity and out-patient hospital. The Union Cypress Railway provided the first direct route to Florida's interior across the "impenetrable" St. Johns River and marsh, saving over 100 miles and countless hours of back-road travel via Enterprise, which was 80 miles to the north. It opened the vast St. Johns prairie lands for settlement and carried much of the regional commerce."  Source: Melbourne's Logging Era:: 1912 - 1932 (Images of America) (Images of America (Arcadia Publishing)) by Ed Vosatka
Photographs -  Ann Raley Flotte Collection    
Photographs -  Ann Raley Flotte Collection  
THE TRAIN FROM LOUISVILLE

Contributed by the William O Gex Family (04/15/2010)
Photographs -  Ann Raley Flotte Collection


Photograph - Ben Kaufmann Collection      


Photograph - Ben Kaufmann Collection                                             
Photograph - Ben Kaufmann Collection    
Photograph - Ben Kaufmann Collection    

"THEY NEED BIGGER WHEELS !"
Photograph - Ben Kaufmann Collection    
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Bungalow (60x40) above the KMI pool.
The only remaining structures on the old Eau Gallie campus.
2010 photographs from the Ann Flotte collection
 
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