Released By Florida Department of State
Secretary of State Ken Detzner recently announced that the St. Cloud Depot in St. Cloud, the Duette School in Parrish and the Wahnish Cigar Factory and Tobacco Warehouse in Tallahassee have been listed on the National Park Service’s National Register of Historic Places.
“These listings on the National Register of Historic Places demonstrate the significance of the state’s historic local institutions,” said Secretary Detzner. “The Duette School, St. Cloud Depot and Wahnish Cigar Factory each provide a window into their community’s history.”
The St. Cloud Depot, located in Osceola County, served as a passenger station for the Atlantic Coast Line Railroad from 1918 until the railroad was abandoned in 1943. Although automobile travel grew exponentially by the 1920s, the railroad still served a vital function carrying supplies and people during the Florida Land Boom of the 1920s. The proximity to the railroad was essential to both the founding and growth of St. Cloud. Following the depot’s closure in 1943, the depot was acquired by the VFW Post #3227 who repurposed the building as a clubhouse and continue to use it to this day. The St. Cloud Main Street program assisted in the identification of this historic building and the preparation of the National Register nomination.