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Jensens in Pasco County, Florida — The American South (South Atlantic)
 

Owensboro

 
 
Owensboro Marker image. Click for full size.
By Mike Stroud, 2011
1. Owensboro Marker
Inscription. Once the intersection of two competing railroads, the South Florida Railroad (part of the Plant System, later Atlantic Coast Line Railroad, built in 1884-85) and the Florida Railway & Navigation Company (later the Florida Central & Peninsular Railway and eventually Seaboard Air Line Railway) crossed here in 1887. A school existed here, as did a post office from 1886 to 1899 and 1902 to 1906.
Lutz Brithers Shingle Mill was loctaced nearby, ca. 1895. With the discovery of clay deposits, a brickyard and kiln began operating about 1907, making bricks which sold at six dollars per thousand. Micker & McLoad quarried rock and crushed limestone in the 1920s.
Until the advent of modern rail technology, a two-story frame switching station was located at the intersection of the two railroads. An overpass was built over the switching station and rails in 1948-49 when the federal highway was re-aligned. Atlantic Coast Line Railroad and Seaboard Coast Line Railroad (now CSX Transportation) and removed the Atlantic Coast Line tracks in the late 1980s, resulting in the demolition of the overpass.
In 1989 the Senate of Florida acquired the former rail right-of-way and developed the Withlacoochee State Trail as a linear recreational greenway. Owensboro became its southern terminus.
 
Erected 2007 by
Owensboro Marker at the Trail Head, Withlacoochee State Trail image. Click for full size.
By Mike Stroud, March 20, 2011
2. Owensboro Marker at the Trail Head, Withlacoochee State Trail
Pasco County Board of County Commissioners and The Pasco County Historical Preservation Committee.
 
Location. 28° 26.758′ N, 82° 11.342′ W. Marker is in Jensens, Florida, in Pasco County. Marker is on U.S. 301/98 near Withlacoochee State Trail, on the right when traveling south. Click for map. Located approx. 500 yards south of Mickler Road. Marker is in this post office area: Dade City FL 33523, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 6 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Trilby Methodist Church (approx. 1.2 miles away); Trilby Cemetery (approx. 2 miles away); Fort Dade (approx. 2.4 miles away); Blanton Methodist Church (approx. 4.2 miles away); Fort King Road (approx. 4.4 miles away); Whitehouse (approx. 5 miles away); Saint Paul Missionary Baptist Church (approx. 5.3 miles away); Dade City Cemetery (approx. 5.3 miles away).
 
Categories. Railroads & Streetcars
 
Owensboro Marker, seen looking south along U.S. 301/98 near Withlacoochee State Trail image. Click for full size.
By Mike Stroud, March 20, 2011
3. Owensboro Marker, seen looking south along U.S. 301/98 near Withlacoochee State Trail
Owensboro Marker at Withlacoochee State Trail driveway image. Click for full size.
By Mike Stroud, March 20, 2011
4. Owensboro Marker at Withlacoochee State Trail driveway
Entrance Withlacoochee State Trail, as mentioned image. Click for full size.
By Mike Stroud, March 20, 2011
5. Entrance Withlacoochee State Trail, as mentioned
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina. This page has been viewed 444 times since then and 14 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on , by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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