Near Crystal River in Citrus County, Florida — The American South (South Atlantic)
Marjorie Harris Carr Cross Florida Greenway
A Man-made Lake
Felburn Park was once a mine. Workers mined dolomite rock, which was added to soil on farms. As they dug, miners hit a reservoir of groundwater, and the spring water started to fill the pit. They pumped out the water as it seeped in. When the mine closed the pumps were turned off and the pit filled with water.
The mining pit is now known as Phil's Lake, in honor of the late Phil Felburn, a local philanthropist and founder of the Felburn Foundation.
Freshwater and Saltwater Don't Mix
Developers proposed a plan to turn Phil's Lake into a marina. The plan would have joined the freshwater lake with the salty Cross Florida Barge Canal. Opponents feared that saltwater would contaminate the drinking water. Leaking seawater was a main reason that sea-level ship canal efforts in the 1930s failed.
Erected by Florida State Parks.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Environment • Industry & Commerce • Parks & Recreational Areas • Waterways & Vessels.
Location. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 10201 North Suncoast Boulevard, Crystal River FL 34428, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 11 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Inglis Island Overlook (approx. 1.3 miles away); Inglis Main Dam (approx. 2˝ miles away); Inglis Lock (approx. 2.6 miles away); Withlacoochee Bay Trail (approx. 4.9 miles away); Historic Crystal River Train Depot (approx. 8.6 miles away); Crystal Street Historic Oak Canopy (approx. 8.6 miles away); Kings Bay Park (approx. 8.9 miles away); Bicentennial Park War Memorial (approx. 11 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Crystal River.
More about this marker. Related marker on west side of kiosk, "Marjorie Harris Carr Cross Florida Greenway," is replicated at multiple locations along the greenway.
Related markers. Click here for a list of markers that are related to this marker. Marjorie Harris Carr Cross Florida Greenway
Also see . . .
1. Felburn Park. Eastward from Felburn Park you will cross between the approximately 30-acre freshwater Phil’s Lake and the brackish water Cross Florida (Submitted on February 23, 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 23, 2021, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.)
Credits. This page was last revised on February 28, 2021. It was originally submitted on February 22, 2021, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida. This page has been viewed 59 times since then. Photos: 1. submitted on February 22, 2021, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida. 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7. submitted on February 23, 2021, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.