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

Hercules Powder Company Camp #39

 
 
Hercules Powder Company Camp #39 Marker image. Click for full size.
By Tim Fillmon, December 27, 2015
1. Hercules Powder Company Camp #39 Marker
Inscription. The Hercules Powder Company Camp No. 39 was established on this site in September 1946. It was an eighty acre tract with sixty to seventy company built pre-fabricated homes rented to employees for four dollars per room per month; some employees lived off site. Once the largest employer in Zephyrhills, with 150 people at any time, there was a commissary and a baseball team.

Farmers and ranchers within a thirty-five mile radius contracted with Hercules to remove pine stumps, which were then shipped by rail to Brunswick, Georgia. There they were processed into naval stores, mainly rosin, turpentine, and pine oil, as well as byproducts used in paper, paints, varnishes, adhesives, asphalt emulsions, gun powder, and dynamite.

Hercules Incorporated is based in Wilmington, Delaware and operated in the Zephyrhills area for nearly forty years. This county park and nearby Zephyrhills High School and Woodland Elementary School were built on the Hercules Powder Company Camp No. 39 site.
 
Erected 2008 by Pasco County Board of County Commissioners and Pasco County Historical Preservation Committee and Hercules Incorporated.
 
Location. 28° 15.034′ N, 82° 11.193′ W. Marker is in Zephyrhills, Florida, in Pasco
Hercules Powder Company Camp #39 Marker image. Click for full size.
By Tim Fillmon, December 27, 2015
2. Hercules Powder Company Camp #39 Marker
In overgrown area of park.
County. Marker can be reached from County Road 54 0.2 miles east of Gall Boulevard (U.S. 301), on the right when traveling east. Click for map. This marker is located in the closed Hercules Park as of 12-27-15. Park may reopen at a later time. Marker is at or near this postal address: 38110 CR 54, Zephyrhills FL 33542, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 6 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. The Great Endurance Run (approx. 0.2 miles away); Oakside Cemetery (approx. one mile away); GAR Hall (approx. 1.1 miles away); Zephyrhills Depot (approx. 1.8 miles away); Zephyrhills Railroad Depot (approx. 1.8 miles away); Zephyrhills Army Airfield (approx. 2 miles away); The Tucker Cemetery (approx. 3.9 miles away); Prospect Community (approx. 5.5 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Zephyrhills.
 
Categories. Industry & Commerce
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Tim Fillmon of Webster, Florida. This page has been viewed 165 times since then and 28 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. 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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