Floral City

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Established in 1883, Floral City is one of the oldest communities in Citrus County. Today, it is the only surviving town in the county's southeastern quadrant and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Its appearance today is deceiving, however, because this tiny, quiet, laid-back village was once a sprawling, dynamic town. Floral City grew as the main commercial center of Citrus County during the Florida hard-rock phosphate boom of the early 20th century and was known for its beautiful homes, commerce, and state-of-the-art technology, including electricity and telephone service. With a population of nearly 10,000 people in 1914, it was one of the largest towns in Florida until the phosphate industry collapsed as World War I disrupted exports to Europe. Floral City never recovered economically and reverted to its original small-town ambience.
ISBN: 9780738593784
Format: Paperback
Publisher: Arcadia Publishing
State: Florida
Series: Images of America
Images: 218
Pages: 128
Dimensions: 6.5 (w) x 9.25 (h)
The authors live in Floral City, and this book is an attempt to promote and preserve the interesting local history. Tom Ritchie is an author, illustrator, naturalist, and historian. Frank Peters is the present chairman of the Floral City Heritage Council and director of the Floral City Heritage Hall Museum. Paulette Lash Ritchie writes for the St. Petersburg Times and Ocala Star Banner newspapers.
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