Near Crystal River in Citrus County, Florida — The American South (South Atlantic)
Withlacoochee Bay Trail
Marjorie Harris Carr Cross Florida Greenway
The Price of Progress
Picture massive barges, tugboats and trawlers clogging the bay. This was to be the west end of the Cross Florida Barge Canal, where the water enters the Gulf of Mexico. The canal would have impacted Florida's fresh and seawater systems.
State leaders wanted to make this the center of a vast commercial waterway network. They planned to dig a Gulf Intracoastal channel between St. Marks, 120 miles to the northwest, and Tarpon Springs, 60 miles to the south.
A Very Different Place
Imagine how different this area would be if ships and dredges filled the water. Small industry would have surrendered to new ports, highways and factories. Environmental impacts — such as damage to seagrass and recreational scalloping and fishing — would have been significant.
Erected by Florida State Parks.
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Environment • Industry & Commerce • Parks & Recreational AreasWaterways & Vessels. In addition, it is included in the Former U.S. Presidents: #36 Lyndon B. Johnson series list.
Location. 28° 59.734′ N, 82° 44.116′ W. Marker is near Crystal River, Florida, in Citrus County. Marker is on Withlacoochee Bay Trail 4.6 miles west of North Suncoast Boulevard (U.S. 19). Marker is located in the kiosk at the west end of the Withlacoochee Bay Trail. It is 4.9 miles west of the trailhead, which is in Felburn Park at 10201 North Suncoast Boulevard. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Crystal River FL 34428, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 7 other markers are within 17 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Felburn Park (approx. 4.9 miles away); Historic Crystal River Train Depot (approx. 10.8 miles away); Crystal Street Historic Oak Canopy (approx. 10.8 miles away); Kings Bay Park (approx. 10.9 miles away); Bicentennial Park War Memorial (approx. 13 miles away); Florida Boom Sidewalk (approx. 16.4 miles away); Badly Wounded (approx. 16.9 miles away).
More about this marker. Access to the marker is via foot or bicycle on the Withlacoochee Bay Trail. Nearby marker, "Marjorie Harris Carr Cross Florida Greenway," is replicated at multiple locations along the trail.
Related markers. Click here for a list of markers that are related to this marker. Marjorie Harris Carr Cross Florida Greenway
Also see . . .
1. Withlacoochee Bay Trail. The Withlacoochee Bay Trail (Submitted on February 22, 2021, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.)
2. Marjorie Harris Carr Cross Florida Greenway. One of the nation's largest incomplete public works projects has been transformed into the diverse Cross Florida Greenway, spanning Central Florida from the Gulf of Mexico to the St. Johns River. (Submitted on February 22, 2021, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.)
Credits. This page was last revised on February 22, 2021. It was originally submitted on February 22, 2021, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida. This page has been viewed 39 times since then. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7. submitted on February 22, 2021, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.