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.
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CitrusLAND: Ghost Towns & Phantom Trains at OBRR