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

Kings Bay Park

Kings Bay Park Marker image. Click for full size.
By Tim Fillmon, July 29, 2018
1. Kings Bay Park Marker
Inscription.  Edwin and Mary King moved to Crystal River in 1863. They built a home nearby on the bay which came to bear their name. In 1879, a canal on the north side of the property was dug so that smaller boats could unload supplies from larger ships at the mouth of the river. After the railroad arrived in 1887, most of the canal was filled in and a spur line was completed to two fish houses at the end of Fourth Street. Rall service ended the need for supplies to be brought in by water.

In 1953, Major C.D. Woodward got a 5-year lease from the City on property at the end of Third Street. His nephews, Tom McQuarrie and Don McBride, built a pier at the end of Third Street. McQuarrie opened the area's first dive shop, the Aqua Pier, in the building still standing and also had a home next door. Arthur Lewis and son, Johnnie V. Lewis, bought the pier in 1961 and established Lewis' Fishmarina, serving both recreational and commercial fishermen. It was also a retail and wholesale fish house. Several other owners followed them.

In 1953, Vada Yeomans built a home, now demolished, on the east side of the property. The City completed the purchase
Kings Bay Park Marker image. Click for full size.
By Tim Fillmon, July 29, 2018
2. Kings Bay Park Marker
Looking west on NE 3rd St
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of her property in 2003 and created Kings Bay Park for recreational use by everyone who lives in or visits Crystal River.
Erected by City of Crystal River.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Industry & CommerceParks & Recreational AreasSettlements & Settlers. A significant historical year for this entry is 1863.
Location. 28° 53.818′ N, 82° 35.693′ W. Marker is in Crystal River, Florida, in Citrus County. Marker is on Northesat 3rd Street 0.1 miles west of North Citrus Avenue. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 268 Northeast 3rd Street, Crystal River FL 34428, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 9 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Crystal Street Historic Oak Canopy (approx. 0.4 miles away); Historic Crystal River Train Depot (approx. 0.4 miles away); Bicentennial Park War Memorial (approx. 2.2 miles away); Florida Boom Sidewalk (approx. 6˝ miles away); Inglis Main Dam (approx. 8 miles away); Inglis Island Overlook (approx. 8.8 miles away); Felburn Park (approx. 8.9 miles away); Inglis Lock (approx. 8.9 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Crystal River.
Credits. This page was last revised on May 25, 2020. It was originally submitted on May 24, 2020, by Tim Fillmon of Webster, Florida. This page has been viewed 42 times since then and 5 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on May 24, 2020, by Tim Fillmon of Webster, Florida. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page.

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