History Tid-Bits

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The Railroad During The 19th Century

The railroad reached Crystal River in 1888. It was known as the Dunnellon Short. A rail depot that was built in Crystal River burned in the early 1900’s. A man named Henry Plant purchased the railroad and it was then […]

 
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Phosphate

In 1889, phosphate was discovered on the east side of Citrus County. This industry grew rapidly and caused the railroad destined for Mannfield (Lecanto) to be changed to Inverness. One of the richest phosphate deposits in the world was accidentally […]

 
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The County and The Towns

Meadowcrest and Connell Heights used to be known as Fairmount. Land sold for $15 an acre. This area had several types of businesses but the main occupation was still Citrus. Most settlers in Fairmount came from Pennsylvania. A few miles […]

 
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Crystal River – The Gem

“Crystal River, Crystal River!  Hidden Gem Of Florida’s Gulf Coast”  (From a poem written by Helen Matchat Rushing, 2002) “The city of Crystal River is located on the western edge of Citrus County, Florida. It borders a bay called King’s […]

 
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County Growth & Industry

It was the early 1880’s and most of the families that came to live in the area grew citrus. Crystal River was part of what was considered Hernando County until the county was split up and renamed at a later […]

 
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After The War and “King”

A new state constitution written in 1868 ended martial law that occurred after the end of the Civil War. In 1877, a man named George Drew was elected Governor, ending the political turmoil. The Crystal River post office was re-established […]

 
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Civil War and Shell Island

Crystal River had protected harbors during the Civil War years due to the area being able to supply many needed goods, including but not limited to, beef, pork, fish, corn, and much more. However, shortly after the start of the […]

 
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David Levy Yulee

David Levy Yulee was Florida’s first Senator. He owned a plantation on Tiger Tail Island and built the Sugar Mill to process the sugar cane he grew. This area is known as Yulee Drive in Old Homosassa. Yulee did have […]

 
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Early Pioneers

It was 1842 and believe it or not, land was free, under the Armed Occupation Act, of course. The following were the rules of said act. You had to be atleast eighteen years of age, agree to stay on the […]

 
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Early Landing

European explorers landed in the area in the early 1500’s. They were met with resistance by the locals, the “Red men”, called the Timucuan Indians. It has never been said that they ever settled in Crystal River. The Europeans brought […]

 
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First Contact

Crystal River is known as the “Hidden Gem Of Florida’s Gulf Coast”. It is located on the western edge of what is now known as Citrus County. This area was much larger, extending out into the Gulf, during the Ice […]

 
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A History Of Crystal River, Florida

It was February of 2006 when Evelyn C. Bash and Marge K. Pritchett published a book called “A History Of Crystal River, Florida”. Even though they were not natives of Crystal River, I though it to be a very interesting […]

 
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Crystal River, FL

The City of Crystal River surrounds Kings Bay, the spring-fed headwaters of the Crystal River. Visitors come year-round to see the manatees and enjoy all the recreational activities the area has to offer. Browse our site to find manatee tours, fishing charters, scalloping trips or relaxing river tours. Rent a kayak, jetski or a boat. Go on a fun and exciting guided ecotour. Enjoy dining on fresh seafood or relaxing at a tiki bar. Find local vacation rentals, hotels and motels. Explore the many unique shops in Downtown Crystal River.

This site will be your guide to all of the popular destinations in Crystal River, Florida.