Sketch of survey of Lake Boca Raton, Boca Raton, Florida, made by Arthur Wrotnowski, Civil Engineer, for a Report on the Florida East Coast Canal (Intracoastal Waterway) from Jacksonville to Miami, Florida in 1889 by Elmer Corthell of Chicago, Illinois. The report was undertaken to encourage New England investors like Bradley and Albert P. Sawyer [...]
Fares for the Steamboat “Swan” on October 31, 1911
As the 1912 deadline approached for the completion of the Florida waterway, George Francis Miles became increasingly disenchanted with his role as general manager of dredging operations. In 1911, Miles and others organized the Florida Coastal Inland Navigation Company to run steamboats on the completed portions of the inland waterway (Florida East Coast Canal). Shown [...]
First Commissioners of the Florida Inland Navigation District (1928)
Of all the coastal states contributing inland waterways that now make up the Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway, only the State of Florida was required to buy its waterway for turnover to the federal government free of charge. For example, the Commonwealth of Massachusetts was not required to buy the privately owned Cape Cod Canal built by [...]
Sir Sandford Fleming, chief engineer of the Canadian Pacific Railway
The Canadians are coming! The Canadians are coming! In the late 1880s, four Canadians, including Sir Sandford Fleming's son, Sandford H. Fleming, traveled to the State of Florida to enter into a subcontract with the Florida canal company to perform a portion of the work in the Matanzas-Halifax River Cut joining St. Augustine and today's [...]
Varieties of Florida Croton
Dredge working in the Matanzas Inlet south of St. Augustine
The Steamboat “Swan” on a run in the Indian River, Fla.
On runs up and down the Florida East Coast Canal, which later became the Intracoastal Waterway, the flat-bottomed sternwheeler "Swan" was as light as "a dew drop" in transporting passengers, tourists, and commercial fruit and vegetables during the early part of the 1900's.
1959 Gold Coast Marathon on the Intracoastal Waterway
1959 Gold Coast Marathon on the Intracoastal Waterway Russell Fraser, Jr., racing an outboard motorboat in the 1959 Gold Coast Marathon on the Intracoastal Waterway between Miami and West Palm Beach and the return to Miami the next day. Some hydroplanes among the scores of boats of every class reached speeds approaching a hundred miles [...]