“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
Odessa in Pasco County, Florida — The American South (South Atlantic)


Odessa Marker image. Click for full size.
By Tim Fillmon, April 21, 2013
1. Odessa Marker
Inscription. Odessa was named by Peter Demens, the developer of the Orange Belt Railway, in 1888. An emigrant from Russia, he named both this community and St. Petersburg for cities in his native land.

The town had approximately 2000 residents at the height of the timber boom in 1917. The Mueller & Lutz sawmills and later the Dowling and Lyons sawmills thrived until the 1920s. The combined output reached 180,000 board feet daily. Sawmill magnate WH Dowling had the wheels of his Buick adapted for the rails in order to get to Tampa for supplies.

Pasco County Sheriff B.D. "Bart" Sturkie and Deputy H.E. Whitfield ended a shootout in 1915 when they returned fire and killed the instigator, Will Hyatt. It was said that Sturkie never again carried a gun.

With the depletion of the timber resources and the burning of the mills, citrus trees were planted. In recent years, due largely to freezes, citrus production has given way to light industry and residential development.
Erected 2002 by The Pasco Board of County Commissioners and The Pasco County Historical Preservation Committee.
Location. 28° 10.957′ N, 82° 34.677′ W. Marker is in Odessa, Florida, in Pasco County. Marker is on Chesapeake Drive 0.1 miles south of Park Colony Drive, on the right when traveling south. Click for map. Marker is in front of the Odessa Community Center in Odessa Community Park. Marker is at or near this postal address: 1627 Chesapeake Drive, Odessa FL 33556, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 9 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Seven Springs (approx. 5.7 miles away); Mc Neil Homestead 1882 (approx. 6.1 miles away); Old Lutz Elementary School (approx. 7.5 miles away); Moon Lake Gardens and Dude Ranch (approx. 7.8 miles away); Moon Lake Gardens Stone Barn (approx. 7.9 miles away); The Baker House (approx. 8.8 miles away); Elfers (approx. 8.8 miles away); Dupree Gardens (approx. 8.9 miles away).
Categories. Settlements & Settlers
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Tim Fillmon of Webster, Florida. This page has been viewed 263 times since then and 48 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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