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Historical Markers and War Memorials in Marion County, Florida

Clickable Map of Marion County, Florida and Immediately Adjacent Jurisdictions image/svg+xml 2019-10-06 U.S. Census Bureau, Abe.suleiman; Lokal_Profil;; J.J.Prats/dc:title> Marion County, FL (211) Alachua County, FL (213) Citrus County, FL (59) Lake County, FL (63) Levy County, FL (17) Putnam County, FL (62) Sumter County, FL (61) Volusia County, FL (441)  MarionCounty(211) Marion County (211)  AlachuaCounty(213) Alachua County (213)  CitrusCounty(59) Citrus County (59)  LakeCounty(63) Lake County (63)  LevyCounty(17) Levy County (17)  PutnamCounty(62) Putnam County (62)  SumterCounty(61) Sumter County (61)  VolusiaCounty(441) Volusia County (441)
Ocala is the county seat for Marion County
Adjacent to Marion County, Florida
      Alachua County (213)  
      Citrus County (59)  
      Lake County (63)  
      Levy County (17)  
      Putnam County (62)  
      Sumter County (61)  
      Volusia County (441)  
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1 Florida, Marion County, Belleview — Viet Nam War Dead of Marion County
Golden, Harold • Spradlin, Roger Wayne • Roland, John W. Jr. • Burkett, Harold Elmer • Morningstar, George • Smith, Fred D. Jr • Brass, Basil • Vernon, Donald G. • Hanson, Arnold A. • Scrivens, Samuel T. • Thomas, Jimmie L. • Britt, Howard • . . . Map (db m239482) WM
2 Florida, Marion County, Dunellon — Rainbow Springs
Rainbow Springs has been designated a Registered Natural Landmark Under the provisions of the Historic Sites Act of August 21, 1935 This site possesses exceptional value in illustrating the natural history of the United States U.S. . . . Map (db m13618) HM
3 Florida, Marion County, Dunnellon — 17 — Badly WoundedFlorida De Soto Trail — August 11, 1539 —
It’s August 11, 1539… Hernando de Soto has taken a small force of 60 cavalry and 100 foot soldiers north through Timucuan territory towards the land of the Apalachee - I have entrusted Captain Moscoso to lead the army north, while I . . . Map (db m126580) HM
4 Florida, Marion County, Dunnellon — Pruitt TrailheadMarjorie Harris Carr Cross Florida Greenway
Human Hands Changed the Land A mile east of here, you will encounter some rugged terrain. It's left over from a ship canal dug during the Great Depression. Some 8,000 men shoveled tons of sand and dirt onto mule-drawn carts and trucks, swatting . . . Map (db m167503) HM
5 Florida, Marion County, Dunnellon — 16 — Rest for the WearyFlorida De Soto Trail — July 29, 1539 —
It’s July 29, 1539… De Soto’s weary and starving army arrives at the village of Ocale - We found the village abandoned but full of food and supplies. I ordered my men to rest and then gather enough provisions for the next several . . . Map (db m126579) HM
6 Florida, Marion County, Dunnellon — Ross PrairieMarjorie Harris Carr Cross Florida Greenway
Welcome to the Summit Ross Prairie is a wetland surrounded by a high-and-dry ecosystem known as sandhills. The plants and animals here live on ancient sand dunes, leftovers from when the ocean was higher. This area's topography presented a . . . Map (db m167505) HM
7 Florida, Marion County, Dunnellon — F-4 — Site of the Discovery of Phosphate in Florida
One block to the south is the site of the discovery of hard rock phosphate in Florida by Albertus Vogt in 1889. It made Dunnellon a boom town and first center of the industry. The Tiger Rag, Early Bird and Eagle mines were among the most valuable. . . . Map (db m67058) HM
8 Florida, Marion County, Fort McCoy — Eureka West Recreation AreaMarjorie Harris Carr Cross Florida Greenway
History Hidden in the Trees Across the river, concealed by trees, lies a relic from a largely forgotten episode in Florida's history. The Eureka Lock and Dam were built in the 1960s but never used. They were part of the Cross Florida Barge . . . Map (db m167896) HM
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9 Florida, Marion County, Ocala — 3rd Reconnaissance Battalion (REIN)1961 - 1971 — Ocala - Marion County Veterans Memorial Park —
3rd Reconnaissance Battalion (REIN) Republic of Vietnam 1961 - 1971 Saepe Expertus ★ Semper Fidelis Fratres Aeterni ★ Always Faithful Brothers Forever Map (db m198098) WM
10 Florida, Marion County, Ocala — 43rd Naval Construction BattalionOcala - Marion County Veterans Memorial Park
. . . Map (db m198074) WM
11 Florida, Marion County, Ocala — 468 Bomb Group (VH)Ocala - Marion County Veterans Memorial Park
468 Bomb Group (VH) The General Billy Mitchell Group India - China - Titian Is. WWII. Map (db m198090) WM
12 Florida, Marion County, Ocala — 57th Army Air Forces Flying Training DetachmentOcala - Marion County Veterans Memorial Park
PT 17 57th Army Air Forces Flying Training Detachment Greenville Aviation School Ocala Fla The unit provided primary flight training for US Army Air Corps Pilots 1941 - 1944 Sponsored by . . . Map (db m198459) WM
13 Florida, Marion County, Ocala — 65th Infantry RegimentOcala - Marion County Veterans Memorial Park
The 65th Infantry Regiment, an all volunteer unit from Puerto Rico was segregated by race, united by honor. With a long and honored tradition since its inception in 1899. The regiment has participated gallantly in WWI, WWII, Korea, Vietnam, and all . . . Map (db m198482) WM
14 Florida, Marion County, Ocala — 2 — A Beautiful PlaceHistoric Florida Barge Canal Trail
"The Island is flat and sandy with abundant wildlife. Numerous lakes and stands of trees also mark the landscape." Alvar Hunez Cabeza deVace Journal Entry, 1536 The geographic area that comprises the present-day Cross Florida Greenway has been . . . Map (db m166902) HM
15 Florida, Marion County, Ocala — A Tale of Two FortsFort King National Historic Landmark
In 1823, the Treaty of Moultrie Creek allocated land to the Seminole with the northern-most boundary of the reservation ending at what would soon be known as Fort King. Due to the growing friction between the Seminole and white settlers, the . . . Map (db m201370) HM
16 Florida, Marion County, Ocala — A Tribe Lost: TimicuaHistoric Florida Barge Canal Trail
Who were "Americans" first? At least several hundred years before Crackers migrated from England and Scotland to the USA, and then wandered down the eastern seaboard to Florida in the 1800s Well before the Seminoles sought refuge in Florida . . . Map (db m167206) HM
17 Florida, Marion County, Ocala — Agnew-Gary Block
This building was built in 1884 and is one of the first buildings constructed after the Thanksgiving Day fire. Early occupants include a funeral parlor, dry goods store and hardware store.Map (db m189397) HM
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18 Florida, Marion County, Ocala — Allies VictoriousOcala - Marion County Veterans Memorial Park
World War II ended with the surrender of the Japanese on September 2, 1945. The Allies, comprised of 18 countries, lost a combined total of 11,855,000 killed or missing in their armed services. Of allied countries, the USSR suffered by far the . . . Map (db m198442) HM WM
19 Florida, Marion County, Ocala — F-1003 — American National Thrift Association Hospital
In 1905, Dr. Richard Samuel Hughes II graduated from Meharry Medical College in Nashville, Tennessee, the second oldest African American medical school in the country. After moving to Ocala in 1908, Dr. Hughes helped form the American National . . . Map (db m120370) HM
20 Florida, Marion County, Ocala — Anderson-Frank HouseCirca 1891
Victorian home with Classical Revival architectural influence. The residence of William Anderson, late 19th century druggist. Later, the residence of Marcus Frank, Ocala businessman and colorful city councilman.Map (db m189500) HM
21 Florida, Marion County, Ocala — AtlantaSeptember 1864 — Ocala - Marion County Veterans Memorial Park —
Atlanta September 1864 Casualties U.S.A…..31,800 C.S.A…..38,000 Sponsored by: Friends and Visitors to the Park Map (db m198059) WM
22 Florida, Marion County, Ocala — Atomic Bombings of Hiroshima & NagasakiOcala - Marion County Veterans Memorial Park
On August 6, 1945 Enola Gay - B-29 dropped first atomic bomb on Hiroshima Japan. On August 9, 1945 “Bock’s Car” - B-29 delivered the 2nd bomb on Nagasaki Japan. Japan surrendered September 2, 1945 ending WWII thus beginning the nuclear age. . . . Map (db m198422) HM WM
23 Florida, Marion County, Ocala — Attack on Fort KingFort King National Historic Landmark
December 28, 1835 The start of the Second Seminole War: The second attack on that deadly day Attack on Fort King The same day as the Dade Massacre, the Fort King Indian Removal Agent, General Wiley Thompson, was anticipating . . . Map (db m201752) WM
24 Florida, Marion County, Ocala — Baseline TrailheadMarjorie Harris Carr Cross Florida Greenway
From the Gulf — to Golf Imagine playing disc golf surrounded by bulldozers and workers digging! Just north of here, the Ocala Greenway Disc Golf Course sits within the remnants of the Atlantic-Gulf Ship Canal. By 1936, workers had . . . Map (db m167506) HM
25 Florida, Marion County, Ocala — Battle of OkinawaOcala - Marion County Veterans Memorial Park
Battle of Okinawa 1945 Haguushi Beach Head Breaching the Shuri Line 34 U.S.ships sunk 16 Japanese ships sunk Many Japanese aircraft destroyed U.S. KIA - 12,280 Japan KIA - 134,000 Civilian - 75,000 . . . Map (db m198725) HM WM
26 Florida, Marion County, Ocala — Brick City Feverby artist Cliff Fink
On Thanksgiving Day, November 29th, 1883 fire broke out in Ocala. All of the buildings on the east side of today’s SE 1st Avenue from Silver Springs Boulevard to Fort King Street were destroyed. Five blocks of the business district were left in . . . Map (db m72921) HM
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27 Florida, Marion County, Ocala — Bullock HouseCirca 1891
Victorian home with Carpenter Gothic architectural style. The residence of W.S. Bullock, Mayor and Judge in late 19th and early 20th century. Son of Civil War General Robert Bullock.Map (db m189502) HM
28 Florida, Marion County, Ocala — Camp BlandingOcala - Marion County Veterans Memorial Park
Named for LT. General Albert H. Blanding, one of Florida’s most distinguished soldiers. Camp Blanding was established by the State of Florida in 1939. This 73,000 acre facility off State Road 16, near Starke, Florida played a major role in . . . Map (db m198991) WM
29 Florida, Marion County, Ocala — Canal BuildingHistoric Florida Barge Canal Trail
Roosevelt EraThe Cross Florida Canal got its start during the Great Depression years. President Franklin D. Roosevelt's efforts to revive the nation's ailing economy involved a wide array of projects and jobs funded by tax-payers. The . . . Map (db m237438) HM
30 Florida, Marion County, Ocala — Canal StoppingHistoric Florida Barge Canal Trail
What Changed? For nearly 500 years, the idea for a Cross Florida Ship and Barge Canal had been kept alive. There were several driving forces. • Hiding Caribbean gold shipments from pirates until fleets of protected ships sailed to . . . Map (db m166910) HM
31 Florida, Marion County, Ocala — Capt. Charles McVey IIIOcala - Marion County Veterans Memorial Park
Sunk by submarine while returning from Tinian Island after delivering critical parts of 1st atomic bomb due to radio silence orders. Crew was in water five days. Lost many men to shark attack. July 30, 1945 Sponsored by: . . . Map (db m198270) HM WM
32 Florida, Marion County, Ocala — Cat FaceHistoric Florida Barge Canal Trail
What do you think about when you see a long-leaf pine tree? If you had lived in North Carolina 100 or more years ago, pine trees might have caused you to think about turpentine and the Original Vicks Vapo-Rub. Household cleaners, medicine for . . . Map (db m167208) HM
33 Florida, Marion County, Ocala — ChancellorsvilleMay 1863 — Ocala - Marion County Veterans Memorial Park —
Chancellorsville May 1863 Casualties U.S.A…..17,300 C.S.A…..12,000 Sponsored by: Friends and Visitors to the Park Map (db m198063) WM
34 Florida, Marion County, Ocala — ChattanoogaNovember 1863 — Ocala - Marion County Veterans Memorial Park —
Chattanooga November 1863 Casualties USA. ..…5,800 CSA ……6,700 Sponsored by: Friends and Visitors of the Park Map (db m198054) WM
35 Florida, Marion County, Ocala — Clarkson House
This Queen Anne Style home features Georgian Revival characteristics. It was built in 1910 and is named for Harry Clarkson. He was the owner of the Clarkson Hardware Company which was located where The Marion Theater is on Magnolia Avenue.Map (db m189465) HM
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36 Florida, Marion County, Ocala — 8 — Conclusive Federal ActionHistoric Florida Barge Canal Trail
"I am today ordering a halt to further construction of the Cross Florida Barge Canal to prevent serious environmental damage. "The Council on Environmental Quality has recommended to me that the project be halted, and I accept its advice. The . . . Map (db m166909) HM
37 Florida, Marion County, Ocala — Confederate States of AmericaFlags of Florida,1861-1865 — Marion County Museum —
The first national flag of the Confederate States of America, also called the “stars and Bars,” was adopted by the Confederate government in March of 1861, during the war between the Union and Confederacy. Florida seceded on January 10, 1861 . . . Map (db m198355) HM
38 Florida, Marion County, Ocala — CSS Submarine HunleyOcala - Marion County Veterans Memorial Park
CSS Submarine Hunley Commander 1st LT. George E. Dixon - 21st ALA Inf. Crew C.F. Carlson Arnold Becker James A. Wicks Carl Simpkins Frank Collins Joseph Ridgeway Miller Commanded by Confederate . . . Map (db m199055) WM
39 Florida, Marion County, Ocala — Dade MassacreOcala - Marion County Veterans Memorial Park
Dade Massacre Dec. 28, 1835 Major Francis L. Dade and 110 men were attacked six miles north of Withlacoochee River. Four survived and one lived to tell the story. Troop was en route to Ft. King. Same day, Gen. Thompson and . . . Map (db m198813) HM WM
40 Florida, Marion County, Ocala — Dade MassacreFort King National Historic Landmark
December 28, 1835 The start of the Second Seminole War: The first attack on that deadly day Dade Massacre On December 23, 1835, two companies of U.S. troops were dispatched from Fort Brooke in Tampa under the . . . Map (db m201516) HM
41 Florida, Marion County, Ocala — David Laffey Heritage GardenFort King National Historic Landmark
It was the U.S. Army’s hope that forts and garrisons would be more self-sufficient and not depend on supplies from the Army. On September 11, 1818, a general departmental order stated, "the commanding officer of every permanent garrison. will . . . Map (db m202093) HM
42 Florida, Marion County, Ocala — Declaration of IndependenceOcala - Marion County Veterans Memorial Park
Signed by John Hancock, President and attested by Charles Thomas, Secretary of the Continental Congress, the Declaration of Independence was adopted on July 4, 1776. Written by Thomas Jefferson, it proclaimed that the American Colonies were no . . . Map (db m198744) HM
43 Florida, Marion County, Ocala — 7 — Deliberate StrategyHistoric Florida Barge Canal Trail
"...the key to success in any conservation effort: Get the facts and then act… If you get the facts, the press will tell your story, government agencies will take action, legal suits will be documented, and presidents may intervene on your behalf." . . . Map (db m166908) HM
44 Florida, Marion County, Ocala — Enduring FreedomOcala - Marion County Veterans Memorial Park
Enduring Freedom We Will Not Fail Oct. 7, 2001 - Dec. 28, 2014 Dedicated by: The Crowell Family 5 generations serving honorably honoring SGT Henry Crowell, Jr. Map (db m198143) WM
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45 Florida, Marion County, Ocala — 6 — Environmental Victory NearsHistoric Florida Barge Canal Trail
"In view of this unprecedented expression of opposition to continuing the Cross Florida Barge Canal by candidates for public office in Florida [petitions and resolutions] we respectfully call on you to implement a moratorium on construction of the . . . Map (db m166906) HM
46 Florida, Marion County, Ocala — Evergreen Cemetery
Reserved on July 8th, 1850, as the first public burial ground for Ocala. Here are graves of those who founded the County Seat, of others here during its early years, and of Confederate and Union veterans of the Civil War. Nearby are interred . . . Map (db m66993) HM
47 Florida, Marion County, Ocala — Fallen Soldiers MemorialOcala - Marion County Veterans Memorial Park
. . . Map (db m199036) WM
48 Florida, Marion County, Ocala — First Marine DivisionOcala - Marion County Veterans Memorial Park
. . . Map (db m198532) WM
49 Florida, Marion County, Ocala — First National Bank
This three-story building was built in 1886, and features the second oldest elevator in Ocala. This building replaced The Palace Hotel which was destroyed in the 1883 Thanksgiving Day Fire.Map (db m189540) HM
50 Florida, Marion County, Ocala — First Presbyterian Church
This Church was founded in 1857 while Florida was still a pioneer state. This Colonial Federal Style Building was built in 1927. The bell in the steeple, dated 1891, still rings.Map (db m189452) HM
51 Florida, Marion County, Ocala — Florida Armed Occupation ActOcala - Marion County Veterans Memorial Park
Florida Armed Occupation Act 8-4-1842 • 238 Signers East of base line near Fort King a quarter section of land for the head of a family, or a single man over eighteen years of age, able to bear arms Sponsored by: . . . Map (db m198634) HM WM
52 Florida, Marion County, Ocala — Florida CrackersHistoric Florida Barge Canal Trail
Some of the early migrants to the Greenway were known for whips and storytelling. Discover what happened. Discover The Island. Florida’s Crackers were mostly, it's said to be, English pioneer settlers and their descendants who began coming to . . . Map (db m167205) HM
53 Florida, Marion County, Ocala — Florida Honors and Remembers our POW’s and MIA’s
The light of freedom still burns brightly in our world today because of the service and sacrifice of America’s men and women in uniform. Our Nation’s servicemen and women have fought the forces of tyranny and won victories for liberty, . . . Map (db m237436) WM
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54 Florida, Marion County, Ocala — Florida Seminole Nations HistoryHistoric Florida Barge Canal Trail
Florida Seminole. After the Third Seminole War (1858), nearly 3,000 Indians were forcibly sent to the Oklahoma Territory. A small number of Seminoles continued to live in relative isolation in southern Florida into the 1900s. Flood control and . . . Map (db m167203) HM
55 Florida, Marion County, Ocala — Florida SeminolesHistoric Florida Barge Canal Trail
Early Migrants More Than Snowbirds The earliest migrants to Florida, determined by archeological evidence, date back to 500 A. D. Among them were the Deptford People, the Weeden Island People, the St. John's People and the Timican . . . Map (db m167202) HM
56 Florida, Marion County, Ocala — Florida’s Past FlagsOcala - Marion County Veterans Memorial Park
1513 Spain Ponce De Leon claimed Florida for Spain, first placed around St. Augustine 1565 France Flew at Fort Caroline near Jacksonville, Spain defeated France 1565 1763 Britain Britain . . . Map (db m198976) HM
57 Florida, Marion County, Ocala — Flying TigersOcala - Marion County Veterans Memorial Park
American Volunteer Group (AVG) created by Captain Claire Chennault in 1941. Consisting of American volunteer fighter squadrons based in Burma & China destroying 286 Japanese aircraft losing 50. Flying Tigers came from the fangs painted on the nose . . . Map (db m198403) HM WM
58 Florida, Marion County, Ocala — Fort Brooke - Tampa, FloridaOcala - Marion County Veterans Memorial Park
Fort Brooke - Tampa, Florida in 1847 & 48 two infantry companies of Florida volunteers restrained the Indians in South Florida while three infantry companies of volunteers went to the Mexican American War. Dedicated to my great, great . . . Map (db m199009) WM
59 Florida, Marion County, Ocala — Fort KingOcala - Marion County Veterans Memorial Park
Built near Silver Springs 1827 to protect the United States frontier in Florida and named after COL. William King, Civil Military Governor of west Florida. December 1835, General Wiley Thompson was killed near Fort King, diseases killed many . . . Map (db m198857) HM WM
60 Florida, Marion County, Ocala — Fort KingFort King National Historic Landmark
Fort King was a typical U.S. Army frontier fort and a noteworthy symbol of the longest and costliest war America had with its native people - the Seminole War. Fort King is a narrative that speaks of a complicated history as relates to the . . . Map (db m201351) HM
61 Florida, Marion County, Ocala — F-65 — Fort King
On a nearby knoll stood Fort King, important military outpost during the removal of the Florida Indians. Adjacent to a Seminole agency established in 1825, it was named for Col. William King and first occupied in 1827. Outside the stockade, on . . . Map (db m150855) HM
62 Florida, Marion County, Ocala — Fort King Burying Ground
This marks the burying ground of the soldiers and civilians who died at Fort King during the Seminole War 1835-1842. Fort King occupied the hill to the north-east and was established as a military post in 1827.Map (db m92978) HM
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63 Florida, Marion County, Ocala — Fort King CemeteryFort King National Historic Landmark
A timeless memorial to those who Lost Their Lives at Fort King. In 1927, the Marion County Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution had the great forethought to sign a title transaction that deeded this . . . Map (db m221845) HM
64 Florida, Marion County, Ocala — Fort King Manor
These Apartments are constructed in the Modernist Architectural Style and were built in 1968. They were renovated in 2007 by Ronald W. Wetherington.Map (db m229277) HM
65 Florida, Marion County, Ocala — Fort King RoadFort King National Historic Landmark
In the 1800’s,communication, supply delivery and trade between the Indian Agencies, Seminole and U.S. Army forts proved to be challenging due to the lack of a clear path or road. In many cases forests, difficult or impassable terrain and . . . Map (db m201485) HM
66 Florida, Marion County, Ocala — Four ChaplainsOcala - Marion County Veterans Memorial Park
Army Chaplains, Alexander D. Goode, Jewish George L. Fox, Methodist Clark V. Poling, Reformed John P. Washington, Catholic. Calmed the troops - gave their life jackets died praying together as troop ship Dorchester . . . Map (db m198256) WM
67 Florida, Marion County, Ocala — Fourth Marine Division Assoc. WWIIOcala - Marion County Veterans Memorial Park
The Fourth Marine Assoc. WWII Uncommon valor was a common virtue Roi-Namur • Saipan • Tinian • Iwo-Jima
Chapter 9 Florida 2000 Map (db m198094) WM
68 Florida, Marion County, Ocala — FranceFlags of Florida,1564-1565 — Marion County Museum —
Jean Ribault led nearly 200 French settlers from Spain’s established colony near present day St. Augustine north along the St. John’s River. Their mission was to claim an area near present-day Jacksonville and drive out the territory’s . . . Map (db m198351) HM
69 Florida, Marion County, Ocala — Fredericksburg, VADecember 1862 — Ocala - Marion County Veterans Memorial Park —
Fredericksburg, VA December 1862 Casualties U.S.A. …12,700 C.S.A. …. 5,300 Deo Vindice Frederick Dinkins, 1812 War vet and son of Rev soldier John Dinkins, had five family members defend the CSA at . . . Map (db m198026) WM
70 Florida, Marion County, Ocala — Gazebo
The original Gazebo existed on the square from the 1880’s until it fell into disrepair in the 1940’s. The Ocala Historic Preservation Society provided funding to have the Gazebo reconstructed, and the replica was dedicated on July 4, 1987.Map (db m189396) HM
71 Florida, Marion County, Ocala — Gettysburg, PAJuly 1863 — Ocala - Marion County Veterans Memorial Park —
Gettysburg, PA July 1863 Casualties U.S.A…..23,000 C.S.A…..28,000 Sponsored by: L.A. “Huck” & Bernadette Finn Family Map (db m198058) WM
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72 Florida, Marion County, Ocala — Gold Star MothersOcala - Marion County Veterans Memorial Park
Gold Star Mothers Inc. Formed in 1928 and chartered by Congress in 1984. In WWI a custom evolved to display red and white banners with a blue star for each living member of a family serving in the US Armed Forces. A gold . . . Map (db m198148) WM
73 Florida, Marion County, Ocala — Gold Star WivesOcala - Marion County Veterans Memorial Park
Gold Star Wives of America Inc. Formed in 1945 and chartered by Congress in 1980. They pledge to work in the interest of all those who have been called upon in a very personal way to share in the last full measure of devotion to . . . Map (db m198152) WM
74 Florida, Marion County, Ocala — Grace Episcopal Church
The Congregation began with six families in 1849. This Carpenter Gothic Style Church was built in 1880 and cost $743. In 1905 this building was disassembled and moved five blocks to this location.Map (db m189463) HM
75 Florida, Marion County, Ocala — Great BritainFlags of Florida,1763-1784 — Marion County Museum —
Great Britain’s Union Jack was flown over Florida representing the combined kingdoms of England and Scotland. The Red Cross of St. George, the patriot saint of England, and the white Scottish cross of St. Andrew form the Union flag. The . . . Map (db m198350) HM
76 Florida, Marion County, Ocala — 3 — Great Depression Public Works ProjectHistoric Florida Barge Canal Trail
"...Requesting the assistance and cooperation of every available federal agency in order to make possible, at an early date, commencement of construction on a ship canal across the peninsula." Message from Florida's Legislature to President . . . Map (db m166903) HM
77 Florida, Marion County, Ocala — Green MonstersHistoric Florida Barge Canal Trail
The Crusher Green life was a major factor between those who opposed the Cross Florida Canal and those who backed it. The sharpest point of contention was the Ocklawaha River basin, as well as the environmental catastrophe that evolved after . . . Map (db m166914) HM
78 Florida, Marion County, Ocala — Greenway GreenlifeHistoric Florida Barge Canal Trail
Explorer Ponce de Leon called the panhandle between the Atlantic and the Gulf of Mexico "La Florida" which means "the flowery place." What he saw was untamed wilderness. "Untamed" is a good indicator of the way green things grow here. What . . . Map (db m166912) HM
79 Florida, Marion County, Ocala — GuamOcala - Marion County Veterans Memorial Park
Guam Occupied Dec. 10, 1941 - by Japanese military Recaptured Aug.-1944- by beach landing at Portapica - Point Banji - Agat 17 day aerial & Navy bombardment combined forces of Navy - Marines - Army 21 day battle 1st . . . Map (db m198514) HM WM
80 Florida, Marion County, Ocala — 1 — Historical PerspectiveHistoric Florida Barge Canal Trail
"Your majesty: In order to protect your interests [land and gold] in La Florida, we must discover or construct a passage across this peninsula." The Essence of an Historic Communication by Spanish Explorer Pedro Menendez Aviles to Spain's King . . . Map (db m166901) HM
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81 Florida, Marion County, Ocala — Historical Sketch
The group which later became known as the Church of God By Faith came in existence in the year of 1914 when Crawford Bright met Mother Delia Scippio in route to Jacksonville, Florida who had already received the Holy Ghost in a meeting in Valdosta, . . . Map (db m150433) HM
82 Florida, Marion County, Ocala — History of Santos Community
In 1882, John A. Cole and his family established the community of Santos and named it for the town in Brazil where he and his family lived following the American Civil War. When Cole and his family returned to the United States, they . . . Map (db m166862) HM
83 Florida, Marion County, Ocala — History: Cows & HorsesHistoric Florida Barge Canal Trail
A Long Way from Home. Explorer Ponce de Leon brought horses on his second journey from Spain to La Florida. The horses were to be used by his officers, scouts and livestock herders. Spanish equines were known for their speed and agility, . . . Map (db m167209) HM
84 Florida, Marion County, Ocala — History: CropsHistoric Florida Barge Canal Trail
World Reputation. The Greenway region has been referred to historically as the "Agricultural Heart of the South." It was also called the "Breadbasket of the Confederacy" and the "Breadbasket of Florida." Farm products from this region are still . . . Map (db m167207) HM
85 Florida, Marion County, Ocala — History: Monkeys & BoarsHistoric Florida Barge Canal Trail
Tarzan Did It. A legend has been passed along over the decades that the wild monkeys around Silver Spring State Park got there because of competition swimmer-actor Johnny Weismuller. He starred in Tarzan Finds a Son! (1939), which was . . . Map (db m167210) HM
86 Florida, Marion County, Ocala — In Memory of Marion County’s FallenJanuary 2001 - Present — Ocala - Marion County Veterans Memorial Park —
In Memory of Marion Counties Fallen January 2001 - Present Chad W Lake, Staff Sergeant, US Army, 02/2005 • Robert Blair, Specialist, US Army, 05/2006 • Daniel A Suplee, Staff Sergeant, US Army NG, 08/2006 • William Crow Jr, . . . Map (db m199081) WM
87 Florida, Marion County, Ocala — In Peace and WarOcala - Marion County Veterans Memorial Park
Merchant Marine founded by Act of Continental Congress 1775. Their job getting troops, munitions, equipment and supplies where needed and provide critical logistical support. June 12, 1775 the first sea engagement of the revolution was the beginning . . . Map (db m198741) HM WM
88 Florida, Marion County, Ocala — It was a Hard Life at Fort KingFort King National Historic Landmark
Life at Fort King would not have been easy for soldiers accustomed to a northern climate and more civilized setting. They would have experienced extreme heat and encountered insects and animals they were unfamiliar with. The soldiers' uniforms . . . Map (db m202035) HM
89 Florida, Marion County, Ocala — Iwo JimaFebruary - March 1945 — Ocala - Marion County Veterans Memorial Park —
Iwo Jima February - March 1945 1 880 ship armada - 110,000 Marine landing force 28,851 USA Casualties 22,000 defenders perished 6,825 KIA Marines, Navy, Air Force, Sea Bees, nurses, and hospital ships participated . . . Map (db m198447) WM
90 Florida, Marion County, Ocala — John Jackson DickisonOcala - Marion County Veterans Memorial Park
Captain John J. Dickison moved to Orange Lake (Marion County) and was a plantation owner. Served as 1st LT. in Marion Light Artillery. Later formed 2nd Florida Cavalry Co. H. commanding mostly less than 300 soldiers. Relied on guerrilla actions to . . . Map (db m199030) WM
91 Florida, Marion County, Ocala — Korean WarOcala - Marion County Veterans Memorial Park
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92 Florida, Marion County, Ocala — Landbridge EastMarjorie Harris Carr Cross Florida Greenway
From Separation to Connection High above Interstate 75, this landbridge was the first of its kind in the country. The land it sits on was originally intended to be part of a massive canal across Florida. The canal would have split the state in . . . Map (db m166698) HM
93 Florida, Marion County, Ocala — Landbridge WestMarjorie Harris Carr Cross Florida Greenway
Transforming the Land — Twice! The land you're standing on was once part of a major engineering feat. Men and machines toiled to move about 13 million cubic yards of dirt. They were building the sea level Atlantic-Gulf Ship Canal. The men . . . Map (db m166699) HM
94 Florida, Marion County, Ocala — Lewis & Clark ExpeditionOcala - Marion County Veterans Memorial Park
Lewis & Clark Expedition 1803 President Thomas Jefferson picks Meriwether Lewis to explore Louisiana Purchase and unknown spaces west of the Mississippi River. Q Lewis picks former army comrade William Clark to share . . . Map (db m198633) HM
95 Florida, Marion County, Ocala — Manassas (Bull Run), VAOcala - Marion County Veterans Memorial Park
Manassas (Bull Run), VA 1st - July 1861 Casualties U.S.A. …3,000 C.S.A. … 2,000 2nd -August 1862 Casualties U.S.A. …16,100 C.S.A. … 9,200 Dedicated to my great grandfather Lemuel Earnest . . . Map (db m198032) WM
96 Florida, Marion County, Ocala — Marine Corps Women’s ReserveOcala - Marion County Veterans Memorial Park
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97 Florida, Marion County, Ocala — Marion County C.S. UnitsOcala - Marion County Veterans Memorial Park
Marion County C.S. Units Marion Light Artillery Hammock Guards Co. E., 2nd. FL Inf. 7th. FL Inf. Co. G Marion Hornets Co. H, 7th FL Inf. Ocki Awaha Rangers Co. B, 9th. FL Inf. 9th. FL Inf. Co. K. Marion Dragoons Co. . . . Map (db m198903) WM
98 Florida, Marion County, Ocala — F-743 — Marion County Confederate Memorial Marker
On May 1, 1908, the John J. Dickison Chapter of the United Daughters of the Confederacy (UDC) dedicated this monument to honor the Confederate dead. To erect the monument, the UDC collected $1,500 from its members, schoolchildren (donating pennies), . . . Map (db m90555) HM WM
99 Florida, Marion County, Ocala — Marion County, FloridaOcala - Marion County Veterans Memorial Park
Marion County founded March 25, 1844. Named for General Francis Marion the southern hero of the Revolutionary War. Using guerrilla tactics in war he was cleaver as a fox and called the Swamp Fox. Sponsored by: Ernest Lee Brown Sr. . . . Map (db m198430) HM WM
100 Florida, Marion County, Ocala — Marion Theatre
This theatre opened in September 1941, and was Ocala’s first air-conditioned building. A movie cost 39 cents, and originally seated 900 patrons. It is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.Map (db m237513) HM

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