Saturday, May 17, 2014

St. Augustine, FL Interesting tidbits from 1890

While I was working on the 4th proposal in my St. Augustine Series, (the first novel "Winning the Captain's Heart" release date is July, 2014) I stumbled about these interesting tidbits and thought I'd share them for those working in the year of 1890

RAILWAYS. Jacksonville, St. Augustine Si. Halifax River Railway, to Jacksonville; St. John.> Division, in Tocoi and river steamboats; Palatka Division, to Palatka. Union Depot on Malaga street; see map. Conveyance from depot to any part of town, 25 cents; baggage, 25 cents per piece. St. Augustine is. South Beach Railway, ferry from Central Wharf; hourly trains to South Beach.

HOTELS Alcazar, on the A lame la. Cordova, on the Alameda. Fiorida House, Treasury and St. Georgo streets. Magnolia. ?t. George street. Ponce de Leon, on the Alameda. San Marco, Shell Road, Plaza Hotel, f icin^ Plaza. Hcrnandex Hotel, Charlotte street. Boarding house — The Ingleside,

MAILS. Post office on St. George street, facing Plaza. Hours: Lock boxes, 6:30 A. M. to 8 P. M.; general delivery,
8 A. M. to 5:30 P. M. Money orders and registered letters, 8:30 to 12:33 and 1:30 to 3:30, J. D. Lopez, postmaster. Mail for guests delivered by hotel carriers. Mail time betwe-u St. Augustine and New York, 36 hours; Boston, 36 hours; Chicago, 75 hours. For arrival and departure of mails see schedule posted in office.

TELEGRAPH OFFICES. Bank building north side of Plaza, Hotel Ponce de Leon and Hotel San Marco. Rates for 10 words, Jacksonville, 25 cents, New York or Chicago, 85 cents.

EXPRESS. Southern Express Co.; office. Njs. 34 and 36 Alcazar, Cordova street, open 7 A. M. to 8 P. M.

BANKS. First National Bank, north side of Plaza. Hours, 9:30 A. M. to 2 P. M. St. John's County Savings Bank, Hotel Cordova. Hours, 9 A. M, to 3 P. M.

CHURCHES. Baptist—Ancient City Baptist, Masonic Hall, Opera House Block. Services: Sabbath, 10:30 A. M. and 7:30 P. M., Sunday school at 9 A. M. Prayer meeting, Thursday at 7:30 P. M. Rev. H. M. King.
Episcopalian—Trinity Church, facing Plaza on the south. Services: Sabbath, 10:30 A. M., 7 P. M. Sabbath school, 3:30 P. M. For other services sse bulletin on front of church. Rev. W. L. Githens.
Methodist—Grace Church, Cordova and Carrere streets. Services: Sabbath, 10:30 A. M., 7 P. M. Sunday school,
9 A. M. Class meeting, 11:45 A. M. Young people's prayer meeting, 6:15 P. M. Wednesday, prayer meeting, 7 P. M. Rev. C. C. McLean; parsonage adjoining church.
Presbyterian-St. George street, near Bridge street. Services: Sabbath, 10:36 A. M., 7 P. M. Sunday school, 3 P. M. Wednesday, prayer meeting, 7 P. M. Rev. Edwin K. Mitchell; residence, St. George street, north of Magnolia Hotel. (A new church is now building).
Roman Catholic—Church facing Plaza on the north. Services: Sabbath, 6, 3 and 10 A. M . 4 P. M. Kt Rev. Bishop Moore, Rev. Father J. Lucke; residence, St. George street and Plaza.
Y. M. C. A.—Ward G. Foster, Pres.; G. M. Caldwell, Sccty. Rooms in Lyon I Hock, corner St. George street and Alameda. Sabbath, praise meeting, 4 to 5 P. M. Bible class, 7:30 P. M. Saturday. Rooms open daily 8 A. M. 10 9 P. M.

PHYSICIANS. Drs. K. M. Alba (Lyon Block), L. Alexander (St. George street), A. Anderson and F. F. Smith (Alcazar!, J. K. Rainey (St. George street!, Dc Witt Webb (St. George street), S. Mills Fowler (Granada street), C. A. Dunham (St George streel), Horace Lindslry (St. George street).

FORT MARION is open to the public from 9 to ia A. M., and 1 to 4 P. M. The hours have been changed since the chapter on Fort Marion was put in type.

BOATS. Small steam craft ply between wharves and beaches (trip 25 cents) and other points; and may be chartered for excursions. Sailing boats with skipper, 50 cents to $i per hour, $2 to $5 per day. Rowboats for hire by the hour or day.

OPERA HOUSE (Genovar's)—St. George street, between Treasury and Hypolita streets.

LIVERIES. Saddle horses and vehicle., with or without driver, are for hire.

PUBLIC LIBRARY. St. George street, in post office building. Hours, 10 A. M. to t P. M. (daily except Sunday and Thursday), and 3 to 5 P. M. Non-residents borrow books free of charge, on deposit of $2.

STUDIOS. Valencia street. Hotel Ponce dc Leon. No. 1, George W. Seavcy. No. 2, F. H. Shapleigh. No, 3. W. Staples Drown. No. 4, Rob:. S. Germain. No 7, M. J. Heade.

MUSEUMS. Vedder's (Bay street), living specimens of Florida natural history. Chapin's (near the fort), curiosities. The collections of the St. Augustine Institute of Natural Science, No. 33 Alcazar court, are open to the public daily from a to 5 P. M., admission free.

YACHT CLUB. St. Augustine Yacht Club; Com., E. A. Douglass, of New York. Clubhouse, S a-wall and Central Wharf.

DATES. Ponce de Leon discovers Florida. 151a. Mcnendez founds St. Augustine, t565. Drake, 1586 Boucauicrs, 1665. Moore of Carolina, 1700. Oglethorpe of Georgia, 1740. Florida becomes a British possession, 1763. Retroceded to Spain, 1783. Acquired by the United States, 1821, Seminole war, 1815-43.
Source: The Standard Guide for St. Augustine ©1890

1 comment:

  1. This is fantastic! I live in Florida, and St. Augustine is one of our favorite places to visit. I look forward to your series.