Melbourne and Eau Gallie

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History comes to life, as you re-discover familiar faces, names, places and events that are distinct to the trailblazing towns of Melbourne and Eau Gallie. Melbourne and Eau Gallie tells the story of two pioneer towns and their coming of age during the last century. From tiny villages, whose early settlers depended on the Indian River for sustenance and travel, Melbourne and Eau Gallie has grown into a unified Space Coast city with more than 71,000 residents. With the railroad in the 1890s and US Highway 1 in the 1920s, tourism, agriculture, and industry blossomed in these midway towns along the Florida East Coast. World War II brought a military, aviation, and technological presence to Melbourne and Eau Gallie that was followed by a flood of new residents tied to America's Space Program. Through it all the Indian River Lagoon has maintained its importance in the lives of the area's people. Among the items included are vintage photographs of the historic downtowns, riverfronts, and landmarks like the "Trysting Steps," Sunny Point, and the old bridges.
ISBN: 9780738514178
Format: Paperback
Publisher: Arcadia Publishing
State: Florida
Series: Images of America
Images: 200
Pages: 128
Dimensions: 6.5 (w) x 9.25 (h)
Authors and sisters Karen Raley and Ann Raley Flotte moved to Melbourne as children in 1957. Karen Raley is a former university history instructor and Ann Flotte is a longtime history buff. Members of the South Brevard Historical Society, they have an enthusiastic love for their hometown. In Melbourne and Eau Gallie, they invite residents past and present to celebrate the birth and survival of these river towns. collections and family albums, with detailed descriptions of the county. This book's singular quality will delight longtime residents and newcomers alike, while assisting the area by preserving its history for future generations.
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