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Rails into the Sun: A History of North Central Florida Railroads

June 26 @ 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm

historic train traveling through ornage groves

Join the Matheson History Museum on Saturday, June 26 via Zoom webinar to learn more about north central Florida railroads. Historian Jonathan Nelson will discuss the railroad’s contribution to the development of Florida, with the primary focus on Alachua County railroads.

The construction of David Yulee’s first cross-state railroad in the 1850’s linked Florida with two oceans and made possible the mass migration of people and cattle. This put Gainesville on the map, and caused Alachua County to boom, a trend that continues to this day.

Registration is free via Zoom webinar: The program will also be streamed live via the Matheson’s Facebook page (


June 26
4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
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