Winter Garden in Orange County, Florida — The American South (South Atlantic)
Pounds Motor Company
162 West Plant Street
Constructed in 1926, this building housed Pounds Motor Company for 82 years. Here, Hoyle Pounds operated the largest tractor dealership in the southeast U.S. As early as 1918, Pounds encouraged citrus owners to replace mules used to plow groves with motorized tractors. The Tavares & Gulf Railroad tracks ran behind the business; tractors and other farm equipment were delivered on railroad flat cars for assembly in the second-floor machine shop. Pounds was also an inventor, frequently adapting farm equipment for better used in the citrus industry. He held several patents for his inventions; his most famous, the rubber tractor tire, replaced metal wheels, which badly damaged paved roads. Pounds was inducted in to the Florida Agriculture Hall of Fame in 1980 and the Citrus Hall of Fame in 1996. Family members continued the Plant Street business until 2008 despite three freezes in the 1980s that crippled the citrus industry.
Erected 2011 by Winter Garden Heritage Foundation.
Location. 28° 33.914′ N, 81° 35.256′ W. Marker is in Winter Garden, Florida, in Orange County. Marker is at the intersection of West Plant Street and South Lakeview Avenue, on the right when traveling east on West Plant Street. Touch for map
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 10 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Winter Garden Downtown Historic District (approx. 0.2 miles away); Lovell's Landing at Lake Apopka (approx. 5.4 miles away); Montverde Academy (approx. 5.8 miles away); Windermere Town Hall (approx. 5.8 miles away); 1887 Windermere Schoolhouse (approx. 5.9 miles away); Episcopal Church of the Holy Spirit (approx. 8.9 miles away); Oldest Masonic Lodge Building in Continuous Use in Florida (approx. 9.1 miles away); Community of Piedmont (approx. 9.4 miles away).
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1. Rubber Tire Tracks Led To New Era In Farming.
An American farmer on a tractor: The words conjure up an image of an overall-clad figure riding through amber waves of grain, maybe in Nebraska. But it was not on the Great Plains that the rubber-tired farm tractor got its start. It was in Winter Garden where an astute West Orange businessman named Hoyle Pounds really put farmers on a roll. (Submitted on March 9, 2015, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.)
2. Winter Garden Heritage Museum.
Local resident Hoyle Pounds was a well-known inventor. He opened the first Ford dealership in Winter Garden in 1920 and sold both cars and farm equipment. One of his many inventions was creating rubber tires for tractors. The income from this invention helped to finance the brick building that houses Pounds Motor Company. Winter Garden, FL 34787 History (Submitted on March 9, 2015, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.)
3. Striving to be the Best - Pound for Pound.
Founded in 1914, Pounds Motor Co. had built its business by catering to citrus farmers in central Florida. But when two big freezes wiped out nearly all the grove businesses in the 1980s, Pounds Motor's long history of innovation didn't seem to matter any longer. Or did it? (Submitted on March 10, 2015, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.)
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