This most of the port and railway history of Cedar Key is. I'm going into depth of how the Seminole wars affected how they lived back then and also how the main source of getting from towns in Florida. The railway system and how, who, and what it was constructed by. A brief over view of what was going on in Florida at this place in time.
Backstory and Context
Cedar Key is one of the oldest cities on the Gulf of Mexico, rich in history.
there are numerous historical facts about Cedar Key but I'm going to introduce you to one that's unfamiliar to the facts that you might have heard about Cedar Key. David L. Yulee who supervised the construction of the first rail-road systems (he went on to establish 2 to 3 more)(Clarke, Robert L.). David L. Yulee was a Florida State Senator, who acted first when the idea was presented to him. He constructed the Fernando/ Cedar Key cross Florida rail-road in 1855. The rail-road opened in 1862, stretching 156 miles from Fernando Beach (which is just north of Jacksonville) to Cedar Key (which is on the west coast of Florida). Cedar Key was also one of the first coast towns to fall victim to the federal forces of the U.S. Army. During this time period, they were trying to push out all the Seminole Indians that were still here; sending them to Oklahoma because they had a huge reservation out there. President Andrew Jackson passed the Indian Removal act (1830), which constitutes in the removal of all Indians and Native Americans. They were heavily sought after by settlers and the U.S.Army to the point of rape, murder, and burning during the Seminole Wars. Cedar Key was also fertile ground for richly grown southern red cedar trees, which provided a strong pencil industry. Cedar Key, at one time, was one of the leading manufacturers of pencils in the country. This pencil industry took place right after the Civil War, but it soon faced the harsh reality of running out of goods to produce. In August of 1896, there was category 3 hurricane, which had 27 foot swells. It totally decimated Cedar Key, which was one mile west from where it is today(Krogman, Wilton M.).
Overall, Cedar Key is most known for its fishing spots, and its food rather than its entertainment attractions. Boating and canoeing are other ways this Island is well represented. If "old Florida" is what you like, I would recommend Cedar Key for your next vacation.
- Clarke, Robert L. "The Florida Railroad Company in the Civil War." The Journal of Southern History, vol. 19, no.2, 1953, pp. 180-192 JSTOR, JSTOR,
- Krogman, Wilton M. "The Composition of the Seminole Indians of Florida and Oklahoma." The Journal of Negro History, vol. 19, no.4, 1934, pp. 412-430. JSTOR, JSTOR,