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WINTER GARDEN, FLORIDA
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David E. & Lydia Washburn were New Hampshire natives living in the mining town of Houghton, Michigan during the 1870 & 1880 census. David was a successful jeweler, and soon began investing in Florida real estate. Among numerous parcels he and wife Lydia owned by 1890 was a tiny sliver of land upon which Orange Belt Railway crossed - but forgot to get a Right-of-Way agreement. Another parcel was land upon which Winter Garden Baptist Church now stands.  On September 8, 1891, while the Washburn's were vacationing in Berlin, they were requested to visit the American Embassy and sign a document the railroad desperately needed. That signing changed the course of Winter Garden history, but then, you might already know that if you read CitrusLAND: Ghost Towns & Phantom Trains.

    
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