Florida Railroad Cities - Archer Florida

Prior to 1850, a town called Deer Hammock was established where the town of Archer is today. In 1858 The Florida Town Improvement Company, owned by the Florida Railroad Company, laid out a town here and named it Archer after General James T. Archer Florida's first Secretary of State (1845-49). The first trains stopped in Archer in 1859.


The Archer Florida Depot Late 1800's
This view shows the tracks of the Florida Central & Penninsular, one of the successor lines of the original Florida Railroad Company, and the tracks of the Eagle Mine Branch. This branch served to connect a phosphate mine south of Archer, Williston and Morriston in the community of Early Bird. The Eagle Mine Branch was eventually taken up, leaving only the track SouthWest to Cedar Key. This line ultimately came under ownership of the Seaboard Air Line Railway, before being abandoned in 1932. The Plant system built tracks through Archer just North of this location, toward Tampa, and became part of the Atlantic Coast Line Railroad.
Photo Courtesy of the Archer Historical Society

A Story about Florida's Forgotten Railroad


Fourth of July Celebration near Archer Depot in 1910.
Men Left to Right, 1-?, 2-George L. Taylor, 3-Monroe Venable,
4-Jack Frye, 5-G.R. Leynes, 6-Spalding Smith, 7-Hitup Maddox.
Photo Courtesy of the Maddox Foundry.

Seaboard Airline Line Railway Depot #1 Archer Florida 1979

Seaboard Airline Line Railway Depot #2 Archer Florida 1979

Atlantic Coast Line Passenger Depot Archer Florida ~1920

Seaboard Airline Railway 1929 Time Table #48 Waldo to Cedar Key

Old Seaboard Railroad Depot Archer Florida - 3D Views
#1 - South East Corner View
#2 - South End View
#3 - 1st South West Corner View
#4 - 2nd South West Corner View
#5 - West View
#8 - East View
#9 - North East View
#10 - Laurel Hill Cemetery Entrance
#6 - Maddox Foundry - Baldwin 2-4-0 Locomotive #1
#7 - Maddox Foundry - Baldwin 2-4-0 Locomotive #2

J. D. "Boots" Mcneil - Archer SAL Depot 1979

ACL & SAL Train Crash in Archer Fl. October 6, 1938

Archer Florida's SAL Caboose

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