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Dunnellon in Marion County, Florida — The American South (South Atlantic)
 

Site of the Discovery of Phosphate in Florida

 
 
Site of the Discovery of Phosphate in Florida Marker image. Click for full size.
By Tim Fillmon, May 4, 2012
1. Site of the Discovery of Phosphate in Florida Marker
Inscription. One block to the south is the site of the discovery of hard rock phosphate in Florida by Albertus Vogt in 1889. It made Dunnellon a boom town and first center of the industry. The Tiger Rag, Early Bird and Eagle mines were among the most valuable. The Marion County Phosphate Co. was the first to operate extensively. Phosphates are still mined in the area, but since 1900 the center of production has shifted elsewhere.
 
Erected 1961 by Florida Board of Parks and Historic Memorials in Cooperation with Dunnellon Garden Club. (Marker Number F-4.)
 
Location. 29° 3.426′ N, 82° 28.448′ W. Marker is in Dunnellon, Florida, in Marion County. Marker is on County Road 40 1.1 miles west of U.S. 41, on the left when traveling west. Click for map. Marker is in this post office area: Dunnellon FL 34431, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 2 other markers are within 15 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Rainbow Springs (approx. 3.8 miles away); Bicentennial Park War Memorial (approx. 14.3 miles away).
 
Categories. Industry & Commerce
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Tim Fillmon of Webster, Florida. This page has been viewed 324 times since then and 13 times this year. Photo   1. submitted on , by Tim Fillmon of Webster, Florida. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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