Favorite thing: The story of Historic Titusville is told on descriptive panels located along public walkways. Each panel explains a specific historic site. We tried to follow the walking trail by car. These were
Steamboat Pioneer - 1877 - first photo
JT&KW Railroad and Indian River Steamboat Wharf - 1885 - second photo
Kennedy Space Center's Launch Complex 39 - 1965 (see Space Walk of Fame)
Scobie Fish & Oyster Company - 1885 - photo three
Titus House & Indian River Hotel - 1869
Indian River State Bank - 1888 & Brady Grocery Store - 1886 - photo 5
Titusville School House - 1900 (could not find this)
Wager's Grocery Store & Wharf - 1875 - photo 4
The first photo is near the spot where the burned out remains of the Steamboat Pioneer, the first commercial passenger steamboat on the Indian River. The Pioneer was the flagship of Captain T.J. Lund's Pioneer Steamboat Company, formed in the 1870s to transport passengers along the St. John's River.
The second photo explains about the railroad - arriving in 1885, the first railroad to Titusville was a 35-mile stretch of track from Enterprise on a line of the Jacksonville, Tampa, and Key West Railroad, the JT&KW. The tracks ran down the middle of Broad Street's right-of-way, and out onto a dock extending about 1500 feet into the lagoon to link up with the steamship wharf
The third photo explains about the fish company - George W. Scobie sailed his 50-foot oyster boat Sophie Fry to Titusville in 1885 and founded the Indian River commercial fishing industry. When rail service arrived, he began shipping large quantities of oysters and fish north. Before long, the Scobie Fish & Oyster Company was operating a fleet of 30 vessels. He later built a barrel factory across the street.
The fourth photo is of the sign explaining Wager's Grocery. In 1875, Perry E. Wager came to Titusville and began operating a grocery store called "The Headquarters." The original structure laid partially in this right-of-way, with a dock extending well out into the Indian River. Wager and his son Ellis published Titusville's first newspaper, the Florida Star, in 1880.
The last photo has the information about the bank and grocery. It was opposite the building that was home to E.L. Brady's grocery store. He first established his business in LaGrange, but moved to Titusville in 1886, occupying a wooden building at Main Street. The 1895 fire destroyed his store and many wood structures in the commercial district. Brady rebuilt his grocery in this building.
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Favorite thing: I like to take photos of historic old buildings. Here are three examples
305 S. Washington Ave - this building was built in 1910 for the Titusville Hardware store, it still has the original tin ceiling, heart pine floor and display shelves. Today, there is a children's resale shop in this building.
302 S. Washington Ave - The Walker Apartments were built for the influx of tourists in 1924 in the Spanish style with an arched arcade and a carved sailing ship above the entry. These take up the left side of the street as you go north on Washington Avenue.
300 S. Washington Ave -Citizen's Bank is a 1924 Beaux Arts Classical style bank building has a lovely curved staircase and beautiful chandelier in the lobby.
Fondest memory: When I phoned the city to find out where the historic district was, the girl on the telephone told me "You will be able to tell - it's a lot of old buildings"
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Titusville Swing Bridge over the Indian River
Favorite thing: According to the North Brevard County Museum in historic Titusville, the Titusville Mayor, John R. Walker, started campaigning for a bridge over the Indian River in Titusville on March 28, 1919. On October 14th that same year, the local property owners voted 204 to 14 in favor of a $175,000 bond issue to finance the construction of the bridge, to make it possible for easy access to Playalinda and Desoto Beaches and a road to the St. Johns River. Construction started in late 1921.
The two lane hand cranked wooden draw bridge (photo 3), named "Walker Bridge" after the mayor was opened to traffic December 15, and was a toll bridge (toll list in photo 4). It served until WW II. The causeway was dredged in 1940, but steel and concrete were diverted for military purposes which delayed construction.
Fondest memory: The current bridge - the Max Brewer Bridge (photo 2) - is located on State Road 402 in Titusville. It provides access to the Kennedy Space Center and is closed with a hour or more before a space shuttle launch. The bridge is scheduled to be replaced with a fixed span (FM No. 241200). Bids are to be received in FY 09/10. The estimated cost is $42 million.
The bridge is south of the marina, which means that the snowbirds coming south can anchor in the lee of the bridge or go into the marina before they have to have a bridge opening. Each time we have transited the ICW we have stopped at the Titusville Marina, which is one of our favorite marinas.
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Titusville's Outdoor Living
Favorite thing: Titusville is across the Intercoastal Waterway from the Kennedy Space Center. We are also just miles from the Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge, where you can find over 500 endangered species. Birdwatchers from around the world come here to view the different species of birds. It's fun to go down fishing & see dolphins, manatees, sharks, and sometimes even alligators. If you enjoy the outdoors this is a great place to be. I haven't lived here long, but I really enjoy it. Titusville is 30 mins from Orlando and 30 mins from Cocoa Beach. We also are approximately 10 miles from The Canaveral National Seashore, which is the largest stretch of untouched beach left on the entire Eastern Seaboard.
This scenic harbor is known as...
Favorite thing: This scenic harbor is known as the fishing capital of the Pinellas Coast. Rich with restaurants, shopping, sightseeing and of course, beaches, you can spend the day sailing, boating, jet skiing, parasailing, or just relaxing in the warm Gulf waters. Visit the many charming shops and art galleries, take in a fresh seafood dinner and head back to the beach to watch the sunset
Fondest memory: HIGH SPEED FERRY SERVICE TO BEGIN IN 2003 . . . skimming over the water at approximately 70 mph, it will reach Key West in about 3-1/2 hours. The new prototype catamaran-style boat, called a passenger ferry, will be put into service sometime in 2003.
Hubbards Express newest vessel offering daily trips to the Flordia keys in just 3 - 4 hours and prices starting at $99.
The SeaTran (surface-effects aided transportation) is a state-of-the-art
Fast Ferry Surface Effect Ship constructed in Florida and is U.S. Coast Gaurd certified for passenger transportation.
The Ship is a twin catamaran (90' by 30') with seating for 150 passengers.
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Fondest memory: My most memorable moment was watching the first shuttle launch. The sight and sound was awesome. If possible, schedule your visit to observe a Shuttle launch. Day launches are beautiful, and night launches are spectacular. Pictures will follow.
The Indian River which is...
Favorite thing: The Indian River which is actually a saltwater lagoon of the Atlantic Ocean offers excellent fishing, shrimping, crabbing, boating, water skiing, and camping on the many dredge islands. I have partaken of all it can offer and attest to the fun it affords. A good night’s catch below.
Visit the ocean beach...
Favorite thing: Visit the ocean beach (Playalinda) which is about 10 miles east of the river. The beach offers surf fishing and surfing and swimming. I can also attest to the lure of the beach where barrier dunes separate the ocean from Mosquito Lagoon which is only about 7 miles north east of Titusville.
The ocean is easily accessible from Titusville by boat down the river, and through the locks at Port Canaveral (about 25 miles), or trailer down to Sebastian Inlet (about 50 miles) or to Fort Pierce (about 80 miles). Fishing and Scuba diving is good out of any of these inlets, but the further south, the shorter run out to the fish. Snapper, grouper and lobster can be taken by hook and line fishermen and spearing on scuba. Trolling will produce catches of sailfish, wahoo, kingfish, barracuda, bonito and tuna on occasion.
The city hosts a Birding...
Favorite thing: The city hosts a Birding Festival annually in November. The Space Center property is the winter home of many migratory birds and many more native species. This makes this the hot spot for bird watchers year round. I have recently visited the Black Point Nature Drive and saw many birds, I can’t name many since I just got a little interested. I did identify an osprey, a great egret, a great blue heron, roseate spoonbills, white pelicans, coot, mallards, diving ducks, common gulls, and shearwaters.
The Visitor Center at KSC is...
Favorite thing: The Visitor Center at KSC is a must see. It is one of the major tourist attractions in the United States. Bus tours take visitors throughout the center to visit the launch sites, the space station assembly building, the vehicle assembly building (which was once the largest building in volume in the world). It also features two IMAX theaters, which feature 3D movies of the launch and other space features. At the visitor center there are restaurants, a rocket garden and a museum and other exciting things to see.
You must see the Kennedy Space...
Favorite thing: You must see the Kennedy Space Center Visitor's Complex of course, but also the wildlife preservation area.
Fondest memory: I went to the wildlife preservation area and watched the sunrise. Also they were wheeling discovery to the launch pad.. it was nice.
This is the first rental car I ever drove.. hehe
After Many trips to the...
Favorite thing: After Many trips to the Kennedy Space Center I finall saw the shuttle take off. This page is under construction over the next few weeks.