The last train through town…

ImageIn 1894, construction began on this 19 room hotel. Sitting near the tracks in a bourgeoning citrus town, it was built to serve the passengers of the Florida Southern Line.

In the midst of hotel construction, this small town was hit by a freeze that devastated area crops. Just one year later, a second freeze drove what remained of the agricultural-based industry elsewhere. The hotel closed its doors to guests in 1964 and the last train through town came and went 12 years later.

[Marion County, FL]

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