A Historic Train and Florida Panhandle Industry
From this quaint coastal city of Port St. Joe, Florida the St. Joe Lumber and Export Co. was a large source of employment for people of the area. Known for thousands of acres of pines and forest land the panhandle of Florida has produced a lot of lumber over the past century.
This historic train known as #11, was built in 1916. After spending its life at various lumber mills it finally landed in the ownership of St. Joe Lumber and Export Co.
The train weighs about 62,000 lbs and was used to haul lumber and exports to and from the mill. Used in operation until 1955, Engine #11 was officially retired and donated to the city where it remains at this site for visitors to explore.
The wheels shown below were removed from another locomotive that was used in the area. In fact they were found in the St. Joesph’s Bay. This type of wheel gives evidence to Florida’s first railroad which began operations in 1836.
Violet Sky’s Visit
Seeing this train was a fun experience. Being able to explore the history and size of a historic train was neat to stumble on.
Port St. Joe is a very cute little coastal town that is filled with a lot of history.
How to Visit
This historic train and wagon wheels are free to visit. They are located nearby the Birthplace of the Florida Constitution.
Thanks for reading and as always, keep on truckin’!