A Collection of Ephemera Relating to the Dubious Sale of Land in the Florida Panhandle in the 1880s. Florida, St. Andrews Bay Railroad, Land Company, Real Estate.
A Collection of Ephemera Relating to the Dubious Sale of Land in the Florida Panhandle in the 1880s.

A Collection of Ephemera Relating to the Dubious Sale of Land in the Florida Panhandle in the 1880s.

Cincinnati: St. Andrews Bay Railroad and Land Company, 1886. Various Formats. Near Fine. Item #List112

An unusual collection of ephemera relating to the early development of the area of the Florida Panhandle east of Pensacola, and an interesting ephemeral window into the type of land schemes that led to the population of Florida by northerners. In the late nineteenth century, the area of Port Panama City in the Florida Panhandle was largely undeveloped, though the town had strategic interest as a supplier of salt for the confederacy. In the 1880s, the St. Andrews Bay Railroad and Land and Company was the second of two companies to sell land in the St. Andrews Bay region to unsuspecting northerners, only to go bankrupt. The company promised to build a railroad from Alabama down to Southport, crossing North Bay and eventually terminating in St. Andrews. Though the railway project was abandoned, many people settled in the area as a result of the land sales. The company became known locally as the “Cincinnati Company.”


Includes:

Warranty deeds for land sold to Lizzie Kegema Hosley of Somerville, MA. 1886-1887.

Letter from the St. Andrews Bay Railroad & Land Co to L.K. Hosley, of Somerville, Mass., explaining why the offer of 40 acres for $1 was contingent on her purchasing 299 building lots. On color lithographed letterhead featuring oranges and fishing.

Notice on taxes to be paid by owners of property at St. Andrews Bay.

Two envelopes with printed notices, "This sealed envelope contains one Free Land Warrant," no contents.

Envelope addressed to Lizzie Kegema Hosley of Somerville, Mass., from the St. Andrews Bay R.R. and Land Co., Northern Office, Cincinnati, Oh.

An interesting and early collection of Floridian real estate detritus. Generally well preserved in very good to near fine condition.

Price: $500.00