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ELEVENTH Day of a 19th Century Florida Christmas

On the 11th day of Christmas, my true-love READ to me, of ELEVEN Ghost Towns, TEN Altamonte Homesteaders, the NINTH Post Office, an EIGHT year old pioneer, SEVEN Honorable Floridians, SIX swans-a-swimming in Lake Eola, FIVE GOLD STAR BOOK RATINGS, FOUR orphaned children, THREE historic pyramids; TWO railway depots, and a meeting 
beneath the COUNCIL OAK TREE.
 

“Multitudes abandoned their groves and homes,” it was stated of Florida’s Great Freeze of 1894-95; “In some cases leaving tables set and beds unmade, and went away.” Estimated to be 8 million boxes of fruit, the largest Florida crop ever to be shipped, the freeze reduced shipments to fewer than 150,000 boxes.
America’s Paradise crumbled. Grove owners, town founders and a dozen central Florida railroads struggled to survive. Many simply failed! CitrusLAND welcomes you aboard one such train, Orange Belt’s Tarpon Route, departing Sanford, and passing through ELEVEN once-upon-a-time towns on a 32 mile journey to Oakland. Each existed before the freeze. None exist today! More than a historic Novel, aboard this train you will meet the real-life men and women, pioneers who dreamt of towns that are today mysterious place names. Sylvan Lake; Paola; Island Lake; Glen Ethel; Altamont, Palm Springs; Forest City; Toronto; Lakeville; Clarcona, and Crown Point, were once-upon-a-time towns on the southbound route to Winter Garden and Oakland.

Learn more about 
CitrusLAND: Ghost Towns & Phantom Trains at OBRR

2 Comments to ELEVENTH Day of a 19th Century Florida Christmas:

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the b on Friday, February 23, 2018 6:10 AM
In this pattern of the Central Florida history you can get the idea about the tree with which you can get the luxurious way to your journey. This is also from which I can take more offers and deals to work.
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xpert writers on Saturday, March 03, 2018 2:06 AM
Amazing view it looks like heaven that view over our imagination. The lake and mountains have become my landscape; it's like a real world where everyone can live. Thank you for that post!
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