A fine example of Mission Revival style architecture, the Orlando station is a popular destination for those visiting central Florida's numerous theme parks and attractions.
1400 Sligh Blvd. Orlando, FL 32806
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The Mission Revival style Orlando station was built for the Atlantic Coast Line Railroad (ACL) in 1926 at a cost of $500,000, and was later used by the Seaboard Coast Line Railroad following the 1967 merger of the ACL and the Seaboard Air Line Railroad. One of the area's best examples of Mission Revival style architecture, the stucco-faced station includes two towers flanking the entrance and a long, shady arcade. The sign that announces the city’s name, Orlando, is one of its finest features, having been hand-designed by the station’s architect, A. M. Griffith. The station was last renovated in 1990.
A future SunRail station is planned for the area adjacent to the historic Orlando depot, and a transit plaza will allow travelers to easily transfer between Amtrak, commuter rail and Lynx buses. SunRail construction began in January 2012 on a 32 mile segment running from Sand Lake Road to DeBary. Once the first phase is completed, the system will be extended south to Poinciana and north to DeLand. In preparation for the start of SunRail service in Orlando, the city will spend approximately $4 million to enhance streets, parking and sidewalks in the blocks near the Amtrak and commuter stations.
Orlando, Florida’s largest inland city and seat of Orange County, was originally a settlement of cattlemen known as Jernigan, named after its first homesteader along Lake Holden. Most pioneers did not arrive until after the Third Seminole War in the 1850s. The name, “Orlando” is said to have originated from a tree carved to commemorate a soldier in the Third Seminole war, and the area was called “Orlando’s Grave” and then just “Orlando.”
Though the town suffered under the Union blockade, it prospered during Reconstruction, when it became the hub of Florida’s citrus industry. However, the Great Freeze of 1894 and 1895 forced many independent growers to give up their holdings, which were consolidated in the hands of a few “citrus barons” who shifted operations south into Polk County. During the Spanish-American war, Orlando became a popular resort destination. In the 1920s, the city grew extensively during the Florida land boom, which died off during the Depression of the 1930s. During the 1940s the establishment of Army Air bases brought the military to the area, including many training facilities for the Navy and Marine Corps.
Most critical for the area’s economy was the announcement in 1965 of plans to build Walt Disney World. The renowned vacation resort opened in 1971, ushering in a period of explosive business and population growth for the Orlando area. Tourism is now the centerpiece of the Orlando economy, as the region sees some 52 million visitors a year, and is host to the second largest number of hotel rooms outside of Las Vegas. Downtown Orlando, though several miles away from the main attractions, is undergoing a major redevelopment with a number of residential projects, commercial towers, and major public works.
Amtrak provides both ticketing and baggage services at this facility, which is served by four daily trains.