Published: Thursday, 01 February 2018 08:52
BLOUNTSTOWN, Fla. (WJHG) - Very few images evoke a sense of Americana quite like those of the old railroad.
They remind us of the romance we have with our past and are a symbol of the progress we’ve made throughout the fledgling years of our existence. Railroads helped shape our nation, and put us on track to a more prosperous union.
The M & B Railroad served a small corridor in Northwest Florida beginning in 1909. The line ran between two nearby cities, Marianna, the “M”, and Blountstown, the “B”.
“If you wanted to go anywhere other than maybe [by] a steamboat, this was the only way to get out of town,” said Blountstown Mayor Tony Shoemake.
The line was just 29 miles long and it cost 15 cents for a one-way trip. It was the shortest railroad line in Florida.
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