“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”

Citrus County Florida Historical Markers

Bicentennial Park War Memorial Marker image, Touch for more information
By Julie Szabo, November 10, 2007
Bicentennial Park War Memorial Marker
Florida (Citrus County), Crystal River — Bicentennial Park War Memorial
WW I, WW II, Korea, Vietnam, Grenada, Desert Storm heroes. — Map (db m3528) WM
Florida (Citrus County), Crystal River — Crystal Street Historic Oak Canopy
At one time, and for many years until the 1950's, Crystal Street was the main thoroughfare into Crystal River for travelers coming from Lecanto and Inverness. In 1907, because of its role as the gateway into Crystal River, a group of ladies from the . . . — Map (db m121120) HM
Florida (Citrus County), Crystal River — Historic Crystal River Train Depot
The first railroad depot in Citrus County was located on this site soon after the completion of the county's first rail line from Dunnellon in 1887. Constructed by the Silver Springs, Ocala and Gulf Railroad, the spur line would be continued to . . . — Map (db m121118) HM
Florida (Citrus County), Floral City — F-875 — Historic Floral City
(Side 1) The area containing present day Floral City has been inhabited by humans for thousands of years. When Hernando De Soto came through the area in 1539, he found the Indian village of Tocaste. From the late 1700s until the Second . . . — Map (db m104967) HM
Florida (Citrus County), Floral City — The Great Train Wreck of 1956
You are standing on the site of one of the worst train disasters in Florida history. The tragedy occurred October 18, 1956, on a dark and foggy morning in Pineola. At 5:12 a.m., people from five miles around were awakened when two freight trains . . . — Map (db m101820) HM
Florida (Citrus County), Floral City — The Historic Duval House Constructed 1865-66
This house is the oldest surviving residential structure in Citrus County. It was purchased in 2012 by the Duval Preservation Trust, a non-profit institution organized for the purpose of restoration and preservation of this historic gem. Tax . . . — Map (db m104980) HM
Florida (Citrus County), Floral City — The Historic Duval House
In 1863 John Paul Formy-Duval and his wife Elizabeth Ann Trantham bought land from Allen Munden and began building their home. During the process of construction, the Duvals discovered that they had been building their house a few hundred yards . . . — Map (db m119137) HM
Florida (Citrus County), Hernando — Church of the Nazarene Hernando/Architectural Description
(side 1) Church of the Nazarene Hernando Hernando, named for Spanish explorer Hernando de Soto, was founded in 1881 by the Croft and Van Ness families. Beside the Tsala Apopka lakes their citrus groves thrived. Development followed . . . — Map (db m112147) HM
Florida (Citrus County), Homosassa Springs — F-696 — Florida Boom Sidewalk
The wide sidewalks of Homosassa Springs are a reminder of the 1920s Florida Land Boom in Citrus County. In 1924, at the height of the boom, the Florida West Coast Development Company bought several thousand acres in what is now Homosassa Springs and . . . — Map (db m67594) HM
Florida (Citrus County), Inverness — 109 Courthouse Square
Reportedly, this land was purchased by W.S. Warnock, founder of the Citrus County Chronicle and George Demuro, Clerk of the Court, in 1908. The building was constructed and operated by City Savings Bank in 1910. Edward Sasser ran a dry goods store . . . — Map (db m122701) HM
Florida (Citrus County), Inverness — A Costly Florida War
More than 1,500 soldiers died and $20 million was spent in the Second Seminole War. It was the most costly of three conflicts between the U.S. and the Seminoles in Florida. Fought from 1835–1842, the war broke out when Seminoles resisted . . . — Map (db m101818) HM
Florida (Citrus County), Inverness — Citrus County Veterans Memorial
In memory of Citrus County Veterans of all wars Dedicated Memorial Day May 30, 1979 By The grateful citizens of Citrus County — Map (db m77489) WM
Florida (Citrus County), Inverness — Coca-Cola Building
The All-American drink was introduced to Citrus County in the early 1900's. W.T. Baxley acted as a sub-bottler to the Tampa Coca Cola Bottling Company, and began bottling it in Hernando in 1906. Empty bottles were washed in Hernando Lake, then . . . — Map (db m117170) HM
Florida (Citrus County), Inverness — Dickenson Grocery 106 N. Pine Street
This building, built in 1912, as the George Dickenson Grocery Store owned by Frank & George Dickenson, was constructed of red clay brick laid 12” thick and tied together with 1” iron rods to hold the 2nd story in place, with wood . . . — Map (db m117169) HM
Florida (Citrus County), Inverness — Fort Cooper
Fort Cooper was constructed in April 1836 during the Second Seminole War. General Winfield Scott instructed the First Georgia Battalion of Volunteers under the leadership of Major Mark Anthony Cooper to build two bastions and a blockhouse on the . . . — Map (db m93258) HM
Florida (Citrus County), Inverness — Greater Mount Carmel Baptist Church
This church was first organized September 29, 1894 by Rev. A.L. Dutch, Deacon Arthur Bell, and the entire membership of Shialo Baptist Church from Stage Pond, Florida. Over the last 116 years, this congregation has been led by 16 different . . . — Map (db m72781) HM
Florida (Citrus County), Inverness — F-560 — Historic Citrus County Courthouse
Citrus County was formed from Hernando County in 1887 and Mannfield, in the center of the new county, was chosen as the temporary county seat by the state legislature. After a political tug-of-war and several elections, Inverness was chosen as the . . . — Map (db m3529) HM
Florida (Citrus County), Inverness — Inverness Masonic Temple
The Masonic Temple for Citrus Lodge #118, F. and A.M., was built on Main Street and dedicated in 1910, ready for occupancy in January, 1911. A splendid three-story brick building costing $17,285, the most costly building in the county. Originally . . . — Map (db m122748) HM
Florida (Citrus County), Inverness — Korea and Viet Nam War Memorial
Korea Maj Daniel Francis Rooks Pvt Arthur P. Carlsen PFC Richard G. Sanders Vietnam Capt. William Hoover Craig Jr. 1st Lt. Stanley Gerald Hartson Sgt. Carl Henry Joiner WO Richard Smith Lowes PFC Herbert D. Suber . . . — Map (db m77488) WM
Florida (Citrus County), Inverness — Korean War Memorial
In memory of The Korean War Veterans MIA & POWs Donated by KWVA CHP 192 The Forgotten War — Map (db m77487) WM
Florida (Citrus County), Inverness — Persian Gulf War Memorial
. . . — Map (db m77486) WM
Florida (Citrus County), Inverness — The Dampier Building
This building was built by Francis Marion Dampier, Jr. as Dampier Department Store. The family operated the successful department store from 1945 to 1967. It is remembered that "Frank" Dampier spent many hours sitting on a wooden bench under an . . . — Map (db m117177) HM
Florida (Citrus County), Inverness — The McLeod House
Built around 1915, this house is most remembered for the McLeod family who lived here from 1941 to 1998. Oscar Penn McLeod was born to a pioneer family near Perry, Florida. He was awarded a teaching certificate in 1918 and married Mayo Artie . . . — Map (db m117128) HM
Florida (Citrus County), Inverness — Valerie Theater 207 Courthouse Square
Mrs. Pearl G. Maddox built the theatre in 1926-27 during the silent movie era, naming it the Valerie after her daughter. The first movie shown was “The Only Woman” in 1927; the last was “The Untouchables” in 1987. Herbert . . . — Map (db m117178) HM
Florida (Citrus County), Inverness — World War I and World War II Memorial
World War I John T. Allen Bryan I. Barnes Leroy Black Iley Herring William F. Nettles Willie Rawls Fred O. Roux World War II Elwood J. Allen Wilbur M. Bertine James P. Blanton Fronie L. Boyd Jacob . . . — Map (db m77490) WM

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