Floral City, Florida

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Floral City is a census-designated place (CDP) in Citrus County, Florida, United States. The population was 4,989 at the 2000 census.

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Geography

Floral City is located at 28°44′27″N 82°17′43″W / 28.740696°N 82.295354°W / 28.740696; -82.295354.[3]

According to the United States Census Bureau, the CDP has a total area of 24.9 square miles (64.5 km²), of which, 23.3 square miles (60.4 km²) of it is land and 1.6 square miles (4.1 km²) of it (6.38%) is water. Located at the 23 mile marker (middle) of the Withlacoochee State Trail a linear state park. A rails to trials park and currently the longest paved trail in Florida 46 miles long.

History

The city was laid out and surveyed in 1883 by the surveyor W.H. Havron and then-Senator Austin S. Mann. The land was owned by James Baker, son-in-law of ex-confederate soldier John Paul Formy-Duval, an early area settler and landowner. The village was at one time larger than Miami, due to the phosphate mining industry located in Citrus County. Around the time of World War I, the mining industry shut down in Floral City. After the war, mining was moved south to the Bartow, Florida area east of Tampa.[citation needed]

Bordered on the east by the Withlacoochee River and in the middle of the Withlacoochee State Forest, Floral City is 7 miles south of Inverness, Florida on US 41 and CR 48(formerly SR 48) and 13 miles north of Brooksville, Florida.

This city is said to be a slice of "Old Florida" that remains relatively intact. The town was named Floral City for its abundance of wild flowers, which are still plentiful today. Floral City also marks the beginning of the Tsala Apopka chain of lakes, which run north into the Gulf of Mexico for the next 50 miles along the Withlacoochee River.[4][citation needed]

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