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2011 - FEC RAILROAD STATION (1914)

  • CHRISTMAS IN OKEECHOBEE COUNTY Limited Edition Ornament
  • ORNAMENT Details:
    • 500 Produced
    • 24 karat gold on brass
    • numbered certificate with historical information
    • 2011
  • Historical Information (taken from certificate):
    The St. Lucie County Tribune announced in its issue of December 30, 1910 that work would start very soon on a branch line of the Florida East Coast Railroad known officially as the Kissimmee Valley Extension, which left the FEC's main line at Titusville, turned up to Maytown, and then headed south through Chuluota, to Kenansville and then to Okeechobee.  The official word came from FEC President J.R. Parrott that Henry Flagler had approved the plan.  Primarily responsible for the project was James F. Ingraham, a vice president of the railroad who envisioned a great metropolis arising at the southern terminus of his branch line, "the Chicago of the south".  The name Tantie was deemed inappropriate for this new city, so on October 4, 1911, the post office at Tantie was officially changed to Okeechobee.  Ingraham stated that the railroad's purpose was "to develop farmlands, to haul timber and turpentine, to aid the cattle industry and, most important of all, to provide rapid transportation for the catfish industry of the lake."

    The FEC (Florida East Coast) Railway Train Station was built in 1914.  The first person to arrive on the first regular passenger train to Okeechobee was Ellis M. Meserve, a native of St. Augustine who arrived in Okeechobee at 4:00 a.m. on January 4, 1915.
  • Postage/Handling:
    If ordering for delivery outside of Okeechobee, add postage in the amount of $2 for a single ornament or $5 for multiple ornaments.
  • Purchase - $10 each
    To purchase an ornament, please email your request (specify quantity and years) or call Kay McCool 863-763-2829 or Gay Carlton 863-763-5755. You can also send your order and check/money order to the mailing address below.
Okeechobee Retired Educators Association :: Member Association of the Florida Retired Educators Association   Mailing Address:
PO Box 116
Okeechobee, FL  34973-0116
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