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The 1885 Brevard, Florida, census included 17 census areas, an agriculture schedule, a manufacture schedule, and a mortality schedule. The agriculture and the manufacture schedules are not included in the transcription at this time. The effective date of the census is 1 June 1885.

Of the 17 areas covered by the Brevard 1885 census, only three areas are not on present day maps, Crab Grass, Lake View, and Bassville. Some of the others are not currently recognized as cities, but are known in the County. The towns or cities of Cocoa, Kissimmee, Malabar, Melbourne, Micco, Rockledge, Sebastian, and Titusville are on current road maps.

Bassville was located between Lake Tohopekaliga and Alligator Lake in present day Osceola County. A larger area was called Bassville District.

Canaveral is Cape Canaveral. It is now a U. S. Air Force station east of Kennedy Space Center. Access is restricted.

City Point is a residential area in Cocoa, located in the vicinity of S. R. 528 along the Indian River. It is on a very high embankment. On a city map, City Point Road runs north of S. R. 528 between U. S. 1 and the Indian River.

Crab Grass was probably west of the St. Johns River in Osceola County as there is a Crab Grass Creek which flows eastward towards the river. Exact location of this settlement is not known to this writer.

Eau Gallie was north of Melbourne, but is now merged with that city.

Haulover was on the northern part of Merritt Island just south of the present Haulover Canal. It was the narrow part of the island where boats or goods were hauled over between Mosquito Lagoon and the Indian River. Haulover is now within the John F. Kennedy Space Center and is included in the Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge.

La Grange was the area north of Titusville.

Merritt Island is not incorporated. It lies between the Indian and the Banana Rivers. The northern end is now Kennedy Space Center.

St. Lucie was north of present day Ft. Pierce in what is now St. Lucie County.

The following places were mentioned on the Mortality schedule.

Bassinger (now spelled Basinger) is NW of Okeechobee in present day Okeechobee County.

Ft. Drum is WNW of Ft. Pierce on U. S. 27. It is in present day Osceola County.

Lake View was at the southeast tip of Lake Marion in present day Osceola County. It was the Brevard County seat before Titusville was chosen.

Tropic was the southern end of Merritt Island.