Bordering on the Gulf of Mexico, at the narrowest point in the peninsula, Citrus County occupies an enviable geographical position in the state, in that it is constantly fanned by breeze either from Gulf or the ocean, which delightfully tempers the heat of summer and chill of winter.
Citrus County is a wonderful revelation to people from northern states, who have not heretofore visited this country and are under a very erroneous impression that it is, with exception of some of the more widely known rumors, a low, unattractive and rather unhealthy country. The hundreds of beautiful lakes, crystal clear springs and rivers; the giant moss draped oaks; stately palms and towering pines that shade the many beautiful rivers over the county are a delight to the eye. The topography of the county is mainly high rolling pine-clad hills, with a good sand-clay loam soil and rich high hammock and.
Because Florida is so widely known as a winter resort many people naturally infer that the summers are uncomfortable; however, the average temperature during the months of July and August is 80. There are almost daily showers at this time of the year, which cool the atmosphere most delightfully and heat prostrations are unknown. It is becoming a recognized fact that this favored section is not only a paradise in the winter-that people can live here and live well for what they spend to keep warm in the north, but that it is a very pleasant place to spend the summer also. In fact it is a “White Man’s Country” the year round, where one can spend all their time out of doors and many of the large tourist hotels are now keeping open the entire year. It has long been the practice of physicians, when a patient’s ills failed to respond to ordinary treatment, to call in a specialist. Nowadays, however, they say “go to Florida”; and there are thousands of men and women enjoying splendid health and prosperity here whose tombstone would be the only reminder of them, had they remained in the uncongenial climate of northern states.
Citrus is grouped with the South Florida counties and of course is a splendid citrus growing region, as evidenced by taking first prize at the South Florida Fair in 1921. Its name was derived from the fact that wild oranges grew in profusion in the rich land of this section. In the way of citrus fruit, we have, of course, oranges, grapefruit, lemons, tangerines and kumquats. The quality is unrivaled; our fruit is always in demand and commands the highest market price. Also in recent years we have learned that peaches of exceptional quality and flavor can be grown here and there are many fine orchards to be seen here; some of them being set out only eighteen months and bearing a heavy crop of this delicious fruit. This is possible on account of our continuous growing season. Growing fancy bunch grapes has also proven very successful and extensive vineyards are now being planted. Strawberries do well, are of splendid quality and reach the northern markets at a time to command fancy prices. Blackberries, blueberries, figs, guavas, loquats, pecans and avocados are successfully grown here and one can have an endless supply of fruits.
Truck growing has become an important industry in Citrus County and there are hundreds of acres of tomatoes, cucumbers, watermelons, cabbage, sweet corn, okra, potatoes, both sweet and irish, beans and peppers raised. Some very large returns per acre have been made from truck, particularly watermelons, which do exceptionally well, even on the poorest land. Three and four crops of truck are often raised on the same land in a year and one does not need a large acreage.
General farming also occupies a prominent place in our agricultural program. Corn, peanuts, cane and bay crops are extensively raised and there are many crops of corn grown on the pine-land without any fertilizer that would be a credit to the corn belt.
Dairying and poultry raising just at this time present a splendid opportunity to the farmer. The market for eggs, poultry and dairy products is practically unlimited right at home and the demand is growing faster than the supply. One can make no mistake in taking up either poultry or dairying in Citrus County. The greatest asset that any country can have is the soil itself and there are thousands of acres in Citrus County, much of it “rich as the Valley of the Nile” as stated by a prominent agriculturist who visited this section; that can be brought at a price ridiculously low as compared to land values elsewhere and that only needs the axe, the plow and the efforts of the intelligent farmer to bring it into a high state of cultivation. The fact that Citrus is a “combination county”; that we raise such a variety of crops as well as citrus fruit and do not carry all our eggs in one basket, should not be overlooked. One who has a comfortable home here, with a few acres of grove and truck, is in an enviable position and assured of financial independence.
Too much cannot be said about the wonderful fishing to be had in Citrus County-it is indeed a fisherman’s paradise. Lake Tsala Apopka, which is in fact a chain of fresh water lakes dotted with beautiful islands, approximately 20 miles in length and covering about 15,000 acres, lies along the east side of the county. The Withlacoochee River forms the eastern and northern boundaries of Citrus County and empties into the Gulf at Port Inglis. Crystal River, Homosassa, Chassaowitzka, all on the west side of the county near the Gulf into which they make their way are formed by hundreds of crystal clear springs. These fine waters are literally alive with fish of all varieties and are well known to sportsmen of national reputation who spend their winters here and return year after year singing the praise of Citrus County from an angler’s viewpoint.
The large-mouth bass or (trout as they are locally known) grow to an immense size; there are authentic records of bass caught here weighing 20 pounds and those of eight to twelve pounds cause little comment. It is no trouble for even an inexperienced angler to catch all the fish he wants in practically any of the lakes or streams of Citrus County in a very short time. Many sportsmen from the north have the impression that the big bass in these waters are not so gamey as the same varieties in the streams of their home states. However, they generally lose that impression and part of their tackle the first time they hook one of the big ones.
In the Gulf and the many streams flowing into it can be found redfish, mango snapper, sea trout and many others, including the “Silver King” or tarpon. Several prominent sportsmen who visit this county every winter solely for the fishing declare it is the best place IN THE WORLD. Not only are there plenty of fish, but the environments are so attractive that it is a pleasure to fish in such splendid waters.Citrus County’s coastline, with its many bays and inlets, is said to be the most attractive part of the entire Florida Gulf Coast.
who prefer this form of sport can find
desire here. Deer are still plentiful and many fine bucks are killed
season. There are lots of wild turkey; Bob White can be heard on every
the open pine woods is the ideal place in which to hunt them.
of all varieties, spend their winters on the open lakes, rivers and
the Gulf. Squirrel and other small game are abundant. By all means,
gun and dog when you come to Citrus County.
Source: Fredericks News Post: 7-27-1925