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The Monstrous Beauty of the Florida East Coast Railway Bridge at Jacksonville

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The Florida East Coast Railway Bridge is a thing of monstrous beauty. Its story tells of falling deaths, dolphins and swallowtails and the Sunshine Special, oil spills and bomb threats. It’s spanned the St. Johns River at Jax for a century, but it looks older than time.

New Story: St. Elmo “Chic” Acosta House

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When the old man fired his gun over the boy’s head for stealing oranges, the future city commissioner said one day Armstrong’s house would be his. He bought it in 1911. St. Elmo “Chic” Acosta was arrested in 1924 on “false charges” of keeping a “disorderly house” and indicted in 1933 for giving away the city’s “sack of potatoes” and a mule. He made enemies easily, but always fought for urban “beautification.” After the Acostas donated the house in 1966, it became the artistic heart of Episcopal School of Jacksonville.