This abandoned railway line was built in the 1920s when Everglades City, at the southern end of Florida, was the headquarters of the Colliers' enterprises in the southwest part of the state.
The line was abandoned in sections: the line from Everglades City up north to Sunniland, about 22 miles, was abandoned in 1957, with the remainder of the line to Harrisburg following in 1980s. At Harrisburg, a still-active CSX line comes south out of Palmdale, wyes with this abandoned line, and then heads southeast to Moore Haven.
Today, nothing exists except for the grade crossing at US Route 41 and FL Route 29. The former turning wye at Everglades City can be easily made out in satellite imagery as it juts out into adjacent Lake Placid.
Lee Cypress Railroad: The Lee Cypress Railroad was a small logging operation that transported cypress trees for more than 40 years, ending after World War II. The LCRR crossed this abandoned line at Copeland, FL. Traces of it are hard to find today; only a small piece of the LCRR is marked on the map near Copeland.