Naples Seaboard Air Line Railway Station

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Naples Seaboard Air Line Railway Station
Naples FL SCL depot01.jpg
Naples Seaboard Air Line Railway Station is located in Florida
Naples Seaboard Air Line Railway Station
Location Naples, Florida
Coordinates 26°08′34″N 81°47′35″W / 26.1428°N 81.7930°W / 26.1428; -81.7930Coordinates: 26°08′34″N 81°47′35″W / 26.1428°N 81.7930°W / 26.1428; -81.7930
Area 7 acres (2.8 ha)
Built 1926
Architect L. Philips Clarke
Governing body Private
NRHP Reference # 74000613[1]
Added to NRHP September 10, 1974

The Naples Seaboard Air Line Railway Station (also known as the Naples Railroad Depot or Seaboard Coast Line Railroad Depot) is a historic Seaboard Air Line Railway depot in Naples, Florida. It is located at 1051 5th Avenue, South.

History[edit]

The depot was constructed in 1927 when the Seaboard Air Line constructed its All Florida Railway to Naples. It was designed in the same Mediterranean Revival style the Seaboard Air Line used with its stations in Delray Beach, Deerfield Beach, Hialeah, and Homestead on the southeast coast of Florida (which were built around the same time), and is virtually identical to the Hialeah depot. The station only briefly saw Seaboard Air Line passenger service in the late 1920s before the railroad reduced its Arcadia to Naples Branch to freight service only. Freight service was then halted in the 1930s, when Seaboard abandoned the line.

Shortly after, the Atlantic Coast Line Railroad bought both the depot and the Seaboard tracks to Naples, making it one of the few railroad depots to have been operated by both the Atlantic Coast Line and the Seaboard Air Line independently prior to their merger. The Atlantic Coast Line's previous depot in Naples was located at the northeast corner of Radio Road and Airport-Pulling Road near Naples Municipal Airport, which was then abandoned.[2]

During World War II, the depot was home to USO shows for troops stationed at the nearby Naples airfield. Passenger service ended shortly after the Atlantic Coast Line and the Seaboard merged to form the Seaboard Coast Line Railroad in 1967. On September 10, 1974, the depot was added to the U.S. National Register of Historic Places. Freight service was halted for good in the early 1980s,[1] and the adjacent tracks were removed shortly afterward.

Naples Depot Museum[edit]

The station has since been fully restored by the Collier County Museum, and is now operated as the Naples Depot Museum. Exhibits focus on the history of transportation and trade in Southwest Florida. Displays include railroads, Seminole dugout canoes, a mule wagon and an antique swamp buggy.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. 2010-07-09. 
  2. ^ Turner, Gregg (January 4, 2000). Railroad History of Southwest Florida. Images of America. Arcadia Publishing. 

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