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Streetcars of Florida’s First Coast by Robert W. Mann

This is a companion to all the Florida rail issues we write. Great to know about the streetcars of Florida too.


In the late 1800s, a new method to power streetcars ushered Florida’s First Coast cities into the modern era. Earlier travelers moved around town on hay burners, but after the very first electric-powered trolley cruised up Jacksonville’s Main Street in 1893, railways cropped up throughout the region. When the new railroad terminal opened in 1919, it handled millions of passengers, becoming the hub of the streetcar system and the largest railroad station in the South. With almost sixty miles of track, the Jacksonville Traction Company was the largest streetcar system in Florida. Award-winning author and historian Robert W. Mann chronicles the story behind Florida’s bygone streetcar epoch and the dramatic history of city builders, financiers, organized labor, civil rights, fire, fever, nabobs and railway men.

Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781626197077
  • Publisher: History Press, The
  • Publication date: 11/4/2014
  • Series: Transportation
  • Pages: 224

Meet the Author

Robert Mann is a co-publisher of metrojacksonville.com, which is partnered with Jacksonville’s channel 4, and a semi-retired transportation consultant who grew up in Jacksonville’s historic Ortega neighborhood. He is co-author of “Reclaiming Jacksonville.” Bob owned his own small trucking business in Los Angeles and then launched his local transportation career at Jacksonville International Airport with Piedmont Airlines.Glorious is a well-known motivational speaker and former professor. Johnson earned her bachelor’s degree in music education from Jacksonville University and has two master’s degrees, one from Nova University in school administration and supervision, and the other from Columbia University’s Teachers’ College in educational administration/organizational leadership. She works as a mental health therapist with her certification in psychology from Edward Waters College.

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