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The Largest Orange Grove in the World

 
 
The Largest Orange Grove in the World Marker Side 1 image. Click for full size.
By Tim Fillmon, January 19, 2017
1. The Largest Orange Grove in the World Marker Side 1
Inscription.
Side 1
The grand plan for Temple Terraces Florida-Tampa's Most Beautiful Suburb along with the town plan featuring the Temple Terraces Golf & Country Club, included a 5,000 acre Temple orange grove. The rendering above highlights the layout of the extensive groves and the town and its placement along the Hillsborough River. Planted in 1921, the 5,000 acres of Temple orange trees was the largest grove in the world at the time. A unique aspect of purchasing real estate in Temple Terraces Estates was the opportunity to invest in the orange grove to help offset the cost of home ownership. To allow participation by those unable to buy orange grove average, stock was made available for purchase at $100 per share. Any purchase of a block of 10 or more shares, included a Country Club membership and one building lot. Ten percent of the purchase price of stock shares was to go into a fund for the building of the clubhouse, streets, bungalow sites, ornamental trees and general public improvements.

Side 2
Prominent citrus industry figure D. Collins Gillett, president and founder of Temple Terraces, Inc. and president of Buckeye Nurseries, described the newly discovered Temple orange as "undoubtedly the highest grade of citrus fruit yet evolved." Once the trees bore fruit, the Temple orange was an immediate

The Largest Orange Grove in the World Marker Side 2 image. Click for full size.
By Tim Fillmon, January 19, 2017
2. The Largest Orange Grove in the World Marker Side 2
sensation. The Atlantic Coast Line Railroad built a spur track to Temple Terrace to bring in building materials for the development and to haul the Temple oranges to northern markets. Within a few years, the groves were expected to produce one million boxes of Temple oranges annually. In 1927 the entire grove was decimated by a freeze followed by neglect caused by the Great Depression. In 2016, a mini-grove of Temple orange trees was planted at Greco Middle School. The new grove was sponsored by Ken Ward and family in memory of Lester "Mac" McClung. A long time resident of Temple Terrace, Mac was a member of the inaugural class of University of Florida's Bachelor of Science degree in Agricultural Engineering in 1951.
 
Erected 2017 by Temple Terrace Preservation Society, Ken Ward and Family, Temple Terrace Farm2School, Hillsbourgh County Historical Advisory Council.
 
Location. 28° 3.071′ N, 82° 22.619′ W. Marker is in Temple Terrace, Florida, in Hillsborough County. Marker is on Gillette Avenue just north of East 113th Avenue, on the right when traveling north. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Tampa FL 33617, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 6 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Reverend Billy Graham (approx. one mile away); Temple Terraces Country Club Sutton Hall
The Largest Orange Grove in the World Marker looking north on Gillette Avenue image. Click for full size.
By Tim Fillmon, January 19, 2017
3. The Largest Orange Grove in the World Marker looking north on Gillette Avenue
(approx. 1.1 miles away); Mrs. Bertha Honoré Palmer (approx. 1.2 miles away); Spanish Exploration of Temple Terrace (approx. 2.2 miles away); Bruce B. Downs Boulevard (approx. 3 miles away); Hillsborough County Historical Cemetery For All People (approx. 5 miles away); Middleton Senior High School (approx. 5˝ miles away); John B. Sargeant, Sr. (approx. 6 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Temple Terrace.
 
Categories. AgricultureSettlements & Settlers
 
The Largest Orange Grove in the World Marker image. Click for full size.
By Tim Fillmon, January 19, 2017
4. The Largest Orange Grove in the World Marker
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on August 19, 2017. This page originally submitted on January 23, 2017, by Tim Fillmon of Webster, Florida. This page has been viewed 128 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on January 23, 2017, by Tim Fillmon of Webster, Florida. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.
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