St. Cloud in Osceola County, Florida — The American South (South Atlantic)
Hamilton Disston Sugar Plantation
In 1885, Hamilton Disston, Pennsylvania industrialist and pioneer Florida promoter, established an extensive experimental sugar plantation on the drained lands around St. Cloud. The enterprise, part of Disston's promotional scheme, prospered for several years and operated its own cane mill. After the abolition of the federal bounty on domestic sugar, the business failed and much of the machinery was sold for scrap. The failure caused large scale sugar planting in Florida to be abandoned for many years.
Erected 1963 by Florida Board of Parks and Historic Memorials. (Marker Number F-95.)
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Agriculture • Industry & Commerce • Settlements & Settlers. A significant historical year for this entry is 1885.
Location. 28° 15.668′ N, 81° 17.942′ W. Marker is in St. Cloud, Florida, in Osceola County. Marker is at the intersection of East Lakeshore Boulevard and Louisiana Avenue on East Lakeshore Boulevard. The marker is located at the western end of the St. Cloud Lakefront Park. Touch for mapTouch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 3 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Veterans Memorial Library (approx. 1.2 miles away); Sugar Belt Railway/VFW Post (approx. 1.2 miles away); Grand Army of the Republic Building (approx. 1.3 miles away); Fisk Funeral Home (approx. 1.3 miles away); Hunter Arms Hotel (approx. 1.3 miles away); First National Bank/St. Cloud Chamber of Commerce (approx. 1.4 miles away); The Thunderstorm Project (approx. 1½ miles away); Soldier City's Mount Peace Cemetery (approx. 2.4 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in St. Cloud.
Also see . . . The Life and Influence of Hamilton Disston. Historical Society of Tacont website entry:
...In Central Florida, Hamilton Disston is recognized as its savior and pioneer whose vision paved the way for modern-day development. Imagine the value of Disston's land holdings today in and near the Walt Disney World Resort area. (Submitted on March 27, 2014, by PaulwC3 of Northern, Virginia.)
Credits. This page was last revised on December 14, 2021. It was originally submitted on March 27, 2014, by PaulwC3 of Northern, Virginia. This page has been viewed 659 times since then and 80 times this year. Photos: 1. submitted on March 27, 2014, by PaulwC3 of Northern, Virginia. 2. submitted on February 1, 2019, by Tim Fillmon of Webster, Florida. 3. submitted on March 27, 2014, by PaulwC3 of Northern, Virginia.