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 land for at least five years, build a dwelling, cultivate five out of those 160 acres and bear arms against enemies. This Act was developed after the Second Seminole War ended by the Federal Government. Many came from a far to stake a claim on this land and some of the families future relatives are still here to this day. A lot of the land in and around the Crystal River area has changed names several times over the years. Family settlement really began to spring up and the first known “store” was a warehouse for stored goods. This was the time life really began to grow for this area.