Floral City...A Brief History

     Floral City, settled in 1883, is an unincorporated community which lies in the southeast part of Citrus County. It was briefly incorporated from 1907-1911. Originally named for its abundance of flowering trees and wild flowers, Floral City is listed on the National Register of Historical Places. It was a thriving community during the phosphate boom, but suffered a setback in 1905 when a fire wiped out the business places on the south side of Orange Ave. During the peak of the phosphate era, the population was about 10,000, with only 400 whites. A railroad was built through the town in 1893. Some of the mines around Floral City were: Bradly Mine, Ten Cent Mine,  Lockhart Mine, Camp Mine and Black Diamond Mine.
     Rich in History with fifty-nine Historic Places, Floral City is nearly surrounded by lakes and Native American artifacts have been found around these lakes. During the second Seminole Indian war a Seminole Indian village lying in Floral City was destroyed by American soldiers.
     There are two major roadways in Floral City; US 41 connects the city to Inverness to the north and Brooksville to the south. CR 48 connects Floral City to Bushnell and I-75 to the east.

Source: Internet Sources; Back Home by Hampton Dunn

Floral City...1905

     Floral City is situated in the eastern part of Citrus County near the line of Hernando and is a hustling wide awake town of about five hundred inhabitants. Many phosphate places are located within a radius of a few miles of the place which turns loose several thousand dollars every month of which the merchants of the town reap the benefit of.
     The lands which surround this town are rich and fertile and the farmers in that section are prosperous and happy. They raise the greatest abundance of
"hog and hominy"every year for home consumption and some to spare.
     Some of the live citizens of Floral City are: J. W. Ward, Jr., Hon. J. W. Knight, Dr. C. O. Snow, J. T. Rawls and S. D. Moon. When these five interesting citizens put their shoulders together to the wheel and all pull together, something happens.
     The people of this town, as a rule, are generous and very religious, and take a deep interest in all school and church matters. Floral City can boast of having one of the largest and prettiest school buildings in the county.

Source: Crystal River News: 8-18-1911  

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Photographs Below Are From

Leaving the Green Canal Entering the River Floral City: Lake Bradly Floral City: Orange Ave Planted in 1883 Floral City: Fall in Florida
Leaving the Green Canal Entering the River #2 Floral City: Sunrise by Duval Island Floral City Lake

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