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Ridge Manor in Hernando County, Florida — The American South (South Atlantic)
 

Fort King Road

 
 
Fort King Road Marker image. Click for full size.
By Mike Stroud, 2011
1. Fort King Road Marker
Inscription.  Shortly after Florida became a U.S. Territory, Fort Brooke was constructed at the mouth of the Hillsborough River and Fort King was established near the present site of Ocala. In 1825, work was begun by the federal government on an overland route connecting those fortifications. This "Military Road" was improved and soon was known as the "Fort King Road." It was an important transportation and communication link during the Second Seminole War (1835-42), a conflict over the removal of Indians from Florida. This route remained a vital mail and wagon road during the 19th century development of central Florida. Presently, U.S. Highway 301 crosses the course of one of the oldest major roads in Florida, the Fort King Road.
 
Erected 1976 by Hernando County Historical Commission in Cooperation with Department of State. (Marker Number F-247.)
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Roads & Vehicles. A significant historical year for this entry is 1825.
 
Location. 28° 30.46′ N, 82° 10.292′ W. Marker is in Ridge Manor, Florida, in Hernando County. Marker
Fort King Road Marker along State Road 50 near US 301 image. Click for full size.
By Mike Stroud, March 20, 2011
2. Fort King Road Marker along State Road 50 near US 301
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is on Cortez Blvd (State Road 50) near U.S. 301, on the right when traveling east. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Dade City FL 33523, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 7 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Fort Dade (approx. 2 miles away); Trilby Cemetery (approx. 3.4 miles away); Trilby Methodist Church (approx. 3.4 miles away); Richloam General Store and Post Office (approx. 3.6 miles away); Richloam (approx. 3.6 miles away); Rumors of Riches (approx. 3.6 miles away); Owensboro (approx. 4.4 miles away); Clay Sink Cemetery, Baptist Church and School (approx. 6.9 miles away).
 
Fort King Road Marker, looking west along State Road 50, Cortez Blvd. image. Click for full size.
By Mike Stroud, March 20, 2011
3. Fort King Road Marker, looking west along State Road 50, Cortez Blvd.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. It was originally submitted on April 21, 2011, by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina. This page has been viewed 1,340 times since then and 38 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on April 21, 2011, by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina.

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