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FIRST ROAD TO ORLANDO

FIVE STAR REVIEW: "Finished your book 'First Road to Orlando'. Thank you! Your work was so needed and well done. Exhibits were wonderful." S. W. - Historian and CF Researcher.

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FIRST ROAD TO ORLANDO was rendered obsolete the day South Florida Railroad (SFRR) departed Lake Monroe, leaving out of SANFORD, heading inland for ORLANDO, November 11, 1880.

After 40 years as the principal north-south artery for Central Florida’s earliest settlers,  Mellonville to Orlando Road, as this old fort trail was known, vanished in a blink of an eye. 

Losers in a hectic race to construct the first inland railroad were quickly forgotten, and several early cities these challengers established likewise faded from recorded memory. Mellonville and Fort Reid, for decade’s major contributors in a developing Orange County, suddenly became as mysterious as the origin of a remote village at road's end, Orlando. 

The fascinating mystery that is Central Florida only intensified when an employee of SFRR, in 1882, proclaimed MAITLAND as the “most important stop on the railway’s line.” 

FIRST ROAD TO ORLANDO, a true-life history, takes YOU back to the day of courageous pioneers, to the golden-age of days leading up to Orange County’s first railroad.

ORLANDO FLORIDA ORIGINS, a 5 Star EBook, is now part of the Second Edition FIRST ROAD TO ORLANDO, giving you even more history for your buck!

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