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The first U. S. Post Office in this was not established until 1859 in what was then known as Sand Point. Confederate Col. Henry Theodore Titus arrived in the area in 1867.
According to stories about the town, "Titusville" might have been known as "Riceville" if Col. Titus had not won a challenge match of dominoes against Capt. Clark Rice to determine which player got to rename the town. Thus the outcome of a domino game resulted in Sand Point becoming Titusville, Florida in 1873. Titusville was incorporated in 1887.
Col. Titus came to Sand Point with the idea of building a town on land owned by his wife Mary which overlooked the Indian River on Sand Point. They built the first hotel where they first stepped ashore and named it "The Titus House". The Colonel and Mary donated land for the first courthouse, four churches, laid out many of the town's streets, and established a link to the outside world by connecting the St. Johns and Indian Rivers with mule-drawn wagons.
In the 1880s, Titusville became site for commercial shipments of the famous Indian River Citrus from Dummitt Grove. Titusville's first railroad station was constructed in 1892.
Shortly after the turn of the century focus was on construction of schools, roads and a bridge across the Indian River to make it possible for easy access to Playalinda and Desoto Beaches. A water system was installed and stormwater drainage systems were installed.
Titusville was deeply affected by the burst of the Florida Boom in the mid 1920s and the economic depression of the 1930s.
During World War II many enemy ships were sunk off nearby beaches. Hundreds of landing craft were built at a plant located at the yacht basin. A Navy fighter field was also established just south of Titusville which today is known as Space Coast Regional Airport.
In the 60's with the Kennedy Space Center came the accompanying boom which produced the first motels, the first multi-rise apartment building, a public hospital, shopping centers, new golf courses, churches, and sub-divisions.
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