I would like to congratulate Lois Swoboda on her excellent articles on early travel in Franklin County. I would like to share with you one of several trips my parents took us on during that period.

In 1925 when I was mere five years of age, Mom took the family to Jacksonville for several days to attend worship services during Easter. We would leave Apalachicola at about five in the morning on the Jessie May and arrive in Carrabelle several hours later to catch the train, which was waiting, to Tallahassee. There we changed trains and arrived in Jacksonville at about 8 p.m.

On the return trip, we would leave Jacksonville at about 8 p.m. and arrive in Tallahassee sometime in the middle of the night and spend the rest of the night there. Early the next morning we would board the train to Carrabelle and catch the Jessie May on its return trip to Apalachicola several hours later.

The alternative way to get to Jacksonville was to catch the 7 p.m. train from Apalachicola to River Junction (Chattahoochee) and transfer to another train to Jacksonville, arriving at eight in the morning.

Travel was not easy in those days, but exciting.

By comparison with today’s travel by auto, the journey is about four hours. Today we have paved highways whereas in 1928 there were no paved roads traveling east and west from Apalachicola, and no bridge to Eastpoint.


Photis Nichols