Perhaps the pivotal event in the history of Brevard occurred in 1885, when Henry Flagler’s railroad extended its tracks to Titusville. Residents of the city contributed $30,000, plus the right-of-way. The railroad had an immediate impact on the economy of Titusville and the entire Indian River region. Then, in 1892, Mayor Edward P. Branch of Melbourne received a telegram from Flagler saying the railroad would extend its line to their city within a year.