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New Port Richey in Pasco County, Florida — The American South (South Atlantic)
 

Moon Lake Gardens and Dude Ranch

 
 
Moon Lake Gardens and Dude Ranch Marker image. Click for full size.
By Tim Fillmon, May 25, 2013
1. Moon Lake Gardens and Dude Ranch Marker
Inscription. Development of this former 9,000 acre sportman's paradise was begun in 1933 by Ed Haley's Moon Lake Company. It opened in 1937, complete with bridal paths, native and exotic trees, flowers and shrubs, and plenty of game and fish. The lodge, casino and cottages were constructed of local materials. In its heyday guests included novelists Rex Beach, financier Cornelius Vanderbilt Jr., and the Florida Legislature--convened for a parley. Al Capone is said to have been a guest, using assumed names. World War II led to the untimely closing of this forerunner of Florida's self-contained resorts.
 
Erected 1984 by The Pasco Board of County Commissioners and The Historical Preservation Committee.
 
Location. 28° 17.362′ N, 82° 37.059′ W. Marker is in New Port Richey, Florida, in Pasco County. Marker is on Moon Lake Road (County Route 587) 0.2 miles from Carver Avenue, on the right when traveling north. Click for map. Marker is in this post office area: New Port Richey FL 34654, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 7 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Moon Lake Gardens Stone Barn (about 600 feet away, measured in a direct line); Mc Neil Homestead 1882 (approx. 2.7 miles away); Vereen Methodist Episcopal Church, School and Cemetery (approx. 5.1 miles away); Pine Hill Cemetery (approx. 5.9 miles away); Seven Springs (approx. 6.1 miles away); Fivay Junction - Greenfield - Tucker Cemetery and Community (approx. 6.7 miles away); Sims Park (approx. 6.8 miles away); Our Lady Queen of Peace Catholic Church (approx. 6.9 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in New Port Richey.
 
Also see . . .  History of Moon Lake Gardens. (Submitted on August 14, 2013, by Tim Fillmon of Webster, Florida.)
 
Additional comments.
1. Fire
Lodge and all buildings but stone barn were destroyed by fire in 1996.
    — Submitted August 14, 2013, by Tim Fillmon of Webster, Florida.

 
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Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Tim Fillmon of Webster, Florida. This page has been viewed 384 times since then and 11 times this year. Photo   1. submitted on , by Tim Fillmon of Webster, Florida. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
 
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