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 discovered in Dunnellon. Deposits were also found in Floral City and a phosphate boom then occurred in the county. The ore was taken to a port in Inglis by rail and towed out to ocean vessels then shipped to Europe. This practice continued until World War I with Germany, which took place in 1914. The phosphate business became worthless after this time. Phosphate deposits were never located in Crystal River but did not have any significant affect to this area.