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Boca Grande Railroad Station

For years, the Charlotte Harbor and Northern Railroad brought supplies—and wealthy visitors from up North—to Gasparilla Island. The railroad originally served mostly to deliver phosphate (which was later loaded onto oceangoing freighters from the island’s deepwater port) and fishermen (tarpon hunters especially). It continued to transport travelers until the Boca Grande Causeway opened in 1958; then the depot stood vacant until it was restored in the 1970s, becoming the home of the Loose Caboose Restaurant along with shops and offices.

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