Early days in Duval consisted of either water or equestrian transportation.  By the late 1920's some roads were brick with no mortar to hold them together.  Water transportation consisted of flatbottom keel boats, row boats, sailboats, paddle and steamboats.

Water travel has been a mainstay of the American way of life for many generations.  Florida has many rivers and lakes.  Lake Co. for instance has 1200 named lakes.  Not only is travel a large consumer of our time but also the fishing  and pleasure boating that is abundant.  Commerce has benefitted from our waters.  Many logs were sent down the various rivers to saw mills to become our homes.  

Animals would not have survived without the water.  As many species that inhabit the water come to it for drinking, bathing and food.  Where would any of humanity be without water.  

There were several shipping lines that plied their trade up and down the rivers.  The Hart Line was on such.  They hauled passengers along the St. John's and Ocklawaha Rivers from one town to the next.  Forts sprang up along the river banks to fortify the people who were trying to make the area their home.  From this start, towns began to appear on the scene.  The more people the more commerce was needed.  

The rail system was at a time when people were wanting to come to Florida.  It helped populate the state.


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