Notes from the Museums: Railway Express Agency

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Notes from the Museums: Railway Express Agency

Wed, 04/07/2021 - 15:18
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Mary Sheldon, President

Hernando Historical Museum Assoc., Inc.


The 1885 Depot on Russell Street in Brooksville was bustling with activities on most days during the early 1900s. A new service may have made the place jump, even more, when the Railway Express Agency (REA) was started in 1918. Also known as the American Railway Express Agency and the American Railway Express Inc., it was a parcel delivery system...think UPS or FedEx...that used the rail system across the country. Of course, it wasn’t door-to-door service. Sending or receiving a package meant a trip to the depot.  Passenger service ended for the Brooksville depot in the 1930s, but freight service continued until 1971. The Russell Street depot or the Seaboard Line depot off Jefferson Street may actually have been REA locations.


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