11090 Ridge Ave - "Walton Hall"
The FEC Railway's former Walton passenger and freight depot BUILT ~ 1894-1900 / Relocated ~ 1910-1920 Property of St. Lucie County
Administered by Parks & Recreation Department
Department of Leisure Services
15 April 1954 - Lot 10 Block 2 of the B.S. Harris Subdivision
Aquired by St. Lucie County
from THE ELKOWALEN CLUB - A Florida
Ref. Quit Claim Deed / Indenture
recorded in DB 190 pg 419
(filed 19 April 1954 -
Clerk's file number 33907)
/s/ by Edyth P. Ankeny, President
and Jennie S. Saylor Roenbeck, Sec'y/Treasurer
03 July 1930 - Lot 10 Block 2 of the B.S, Harris Subdivision
THE ELKOWALEN CLUB - A Corporation
M Ehrhart & Annie E Ehrhart, his wife
and Fidelis G. Sharp
& Frances M. Sharp, his wife
Claim Deed Recorded in DB 82 Pg 40
29 July 1930)
I believe the name "ELKOWALEN" is likely a contraction combination of
ELKO a community name just North of Midway Rd (even
tho the Elko community lands wer not platted until 1947), WALTON
for the Walton Community just North of Walton Rd. and EDEN
The community name for the area North of the St. Lucie / Martin County line.
It's also interesting to Note though that the FEC RR Depot at
Midway Rd. was noted on all of the early FEC maps I've seen as the White
--- Prior to 03 July 1930 ---???--- My title search is still "in progress",
I have found no legal record associated with "The Walton Country Club"
05 April 1913 survey and subdivision Plat Recorded PB 3 Pg 5
The B.S. Harris (Blanche
S. Harris) Subdivision
of a portion of Lot 1 Sec 32 Twp 36S Rge 41E (<---)
and a portion of Lot
2 Sec 32 Twp 36S Rge 41E
This property is identified as Lot 10 Block 2 of this Subdivision -
It is also noted as being "The Walton Country Club" Property
20 March 1894 - the FEC Railway opened the section of rail between Ft.
Pierce and West Palm Beach after arriving in Ft. pierce in January 1894.
I have not yet determined when the Walton Depot Building was constructed,
but believe it to have been in the period 1894 - 1900, and believe it
may have been relocated prior to the platting the Walton Subdivision in
1913 with it's notation for the property where it's currently located as
being the property, or location of, "The Walton Country Club" as well
as being designated as Lot 10 Block 2 of the Walton Subdivision. This
would have been after the freezes of the early 1900's and the decline of
pineapple farming in the area due to the combined effect of these freezes
and the extension of the FEC From Miami to Key West, the "KWE Line" (aka
"Flaglers Folly"), and the further Flagler Steamship connections to Nassau,
The Bahamas and Havanna, Cuba which opened up the Pineapple Market to cheaper
"pines" from the islands - shipped North over the FEC RR (see 1915 Map).
A Recently obtained Document, The Savannas Park Management Plan,
contained discussions concerning the the decline of the pineapple industry
which may "date" the Walton Depots disposition by the FEC into the 1920's.