The opening of the three-mile Quincy [Mass.] Railroad in 1827 marked a general change of emphasis in transportation in the United States. Visionaries suffering from “canal fever” discovered “railroad fever” to be an excellent antidote for the disease and one which allowed the mind to envision schemes not limited by the natural waterways of the nation. Florida, a part of the Union for slightly more than a decade, became the setting in 1833, for one of the most ambitious of these early plans.
Hildreth, Charles H.
"Railroads out of Pensacola, 1833-1883,"
Florida Historical Quarterly: Vol. 37
, Article 13.
Available at: https://stars.library.ucf.edu/fhq/vol37/iss3/13