Titusville Florida is the seat of Brevard County and is on the western shore of the Indian River Lagoon directly west of Kennedy Space Center.
The shoreline in Titusville is a favorite place for watching missile launches at "The Cape" as the space center is called locally.
The community in this area was called Sand Point.
Colonel Henry Titus, a former Confederate soldier, came to town in 1867 and built a hotel called the Titus House in 1870.
Sand Point became Titusville in 1873.
Colonel Titus shrewdly donated land for government buildings that resulted in Titusville becoming the County Seat.
The first big thing that happened in the development of Titusville Florida was in 1885 when the railroad came to town from Enterprise on the north shore of Lake Monroe. This connected Titusville to the major navigation advantages of the St. Johns River.
You can still enjoy areas that the old railroad passed through by driving north of Titusville to Oak Hill and taking Maytown Road across the vast wilderness to Osteen. The road is on the alignment of the old railroad from Enterprise.
Seven years after that first railroad came down from Enterprise, Henry Flagler pushed his Florida East Coast Railroad from Daytona down to Titusville and the area began to prosper. It became a major shipping point for pineapples and citrus.
In the 1950s and 1960s the space program was booming and nearby Titusville became a bedroom community for thousands of aerospace workers.
It was during those heady days of space exploration that Titusville got its nicknames of "Space City" and "Miracle City". The early 1970s shopping center on US-1 was known as "Miracle City Mall".
The mall and the town declined in the years after the successful manned moon landing. The economy was terrible because of the massive layoffs at the Cape. It has taken many years to recover from the bust that followed the boom.
The mall was partially demolished in early 2015 and replaced by a new development that will provide both shopping and a town center. The new development will be named Titus Landing Shopping Center. This is a welcome sign of progress for the locals.
St. Gabriel's Episcopal Church was built in 1887 and still stands next door to the historic Brevard County Courthouse Annex A. St. Gabriel's is an example of Carpenter Gothic church architecture. It is at 414 Pine Avenue, and is on the National Register of Historic Places.