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    Default Fontaine Florida

    A few months back I attempted to get to the site of Fontaine. The ghosttowns description was pretty brief and stated it was unknown if anything remains.

    "Known as the "Fontaine Grant", it does not show on any maps as far back as 1972. The land grant came from the Wisconsin-Florida Fruitland Corporation. Its in a swampy area, near a bend in the abandoned "Jacksonville, Key West and Tampa Railroad". This portion of the railroad was known as the "Enterprise Branch". The area is roughly in a straitline southwest from the intersection of I-95 and SR 5A. In a wildlife refuge.

    It's inside the Brevard County Game Refuge, but unfortunately the road is gated and locked. There was a smaller dirt path but that was also blocked off.

    As far as I could tell, this was the only paved road and I dont think there are any other official entrances. But there may yet be another way in and over to the Fontaine site and who knows what's left out there

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    You probably don't need to try and wander through the swamp finding remains. From contacting a local historian who said it was probably a land speculator trying to sucker people in and looking at old aerial photos, that seems to be correct. Nothing appears disturbed in the area where the town should be in a 1934 aerial photo ( http://ufdcweb1.uflib.ufl.edu/ufdc/?...88390343507682 )( Main Page is here: http://ufdcweb1.uflib.ufl.edu/ufdc/

    I submitted this ghost town YEARS ago because it happened to appear in Plat Book 1, Page 1 of the Brevard County Property Appraiser's website http://www.brevardpropertyappraiser....1/00010001.pdf ). The date on the plat is March 25, 1891. The area appears to have been replatted on February 18, 1915: ( http://www.brevardpropertyappraiser....2/00020043.pdf ). So, the lots originally shown are not valid. Here is an lot in the middle of all that: ( http://www.brevardpropertyappraiser....10&tid=2005158 )

    There is still no way to get there from here!

    The Fontaine Ghost Town should probably be removed from the database.

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    Thanks alot for the update Gerald. I figured some of the buildings on the way to the site might be related, and there could be foundations or other evidence that isn't visible on Google Earth. Another way that looked possible to get in was from the south with a truck on some maybe-questionable dirt roads, if they didn't lead to a fence first. But now I dont have to bother with that. There are plenty of other Florida ghost towns to find and explore instead!

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    Sorry I'm lost in the conversation.

    Should Fontaine be removed from the list because it's not a real ghost town? Or there aren't remains left? Or are they just too hard to get to?

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    If it's a ghost of it's former self, I don't think it should be removed. The fact that it's on private property is the same as some of the other towns listed that are hard to get to like ones here in the Tacoma water shed...shouldn't be removed. If there are no remains left doesn't mean that it wasn't there...it just means that it's a ghost town like Ruby City, Washington. I can't think of a single reason to have it removed as a ghost town since there is history of a town at that location...but that is JMHO!

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    I just moved to Florida, Brevard County to be specific, and am a little confused as to where Fontaine used to be. Mainmanwalkin refered to Fontaine-Grant and Grant is in the southern most part of Brevard near Palm Bay. But the wildlife refuge is up in Mims. Where should I be looking for Fontaine if I try to go looking for it? Also, in regards to the old plot maps from the late 1800's, are those just designated plots for sale or were there actual structures there, or is it unknown as to which one of those two it is.

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