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This week in history: Seaboard Air Line Railway Station opens

On Jan. 25, 1925, the Orange Blossom Special arrived in West Palm Beach for the grand opening of the Seaboard Air Line station, the flagship of the Seaboard line. The Mediterranean Revival station building, on Tamarind Avenue at Datura Street, was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1973. The Seaboard line was the second railroad to come to the area, after Henry Flagler’s Florida East Coast Railway.

Postcard from around 1939 with the caption “The Orange Blossom Special Going Througg Orange Groves in Florida.” (Courtesy of the Historical Museum of Southern Florida)

Postcard from the 1920s of the Seaboard station in West Palm Beach. (Palm Beach Post file photo)

The Seaboard station in 1969 (Palm Beach Post staff file photo)

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Posted in Flashback blog January 23, 2012 at 12:51 pm.


3 Replies

  1. Alice Bojanowski Jan 25th 2012

    Thank you for today’s historic news reminder re: the Orange Blossom Special and the historic railroad station in WPB. Unfortunately, President Obama’s speech last night did NOT include mention of railroads and/or commuter rail. Too bad! Flagler’s rail line to South Florida made us what we are today!

  2. Richard Jan 25th 2012

    I watch EarthCam.net. I see they were replacing some boulders on the beach just south of the Breakers Hotel. I wonder why. Before the RR went south to Key West, Flagler built tracks over to the ocean to ship goods to Cuba.After the tracks went south,the RR tracks were removed and kept for passenger ship docking and as a fishing pier.He built it about 1890 and it got blown down by the 1928 hurricane.Some of the pilings and concrete foundations are still there underwater. I was wondering why they still keep that area built up with boulders.Does anybody know?

  3. Who cares about Flager with his kniving, decietful self

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