Train from St. Joe Lumber and Export Co., Port St. Joe, Florida

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. In fact 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.

Train from St. Joe Lumber and Export Co., Port St. Joe, Florida

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.

Wheels from St. Joe Lumber and Export Co., Port St. Joe, Florida

Also nearby is the Birthplace of the Florida Constitution.

Thanks for reading and as always, keep on truckin’!

-Violet Sky

About the Author Violet Sky

Violet Sky has had a life long passion for adventure! Growing up in Michigan and spending time traveling to over 31 states on family vacations by her eighteenth birthday gave her an appreciation for the open road. After finding the most beautiful beach she has dedicated her home port to Panama City Beach, Florida.

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