Ghost Towns of Florida (H-M)

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Hague (Inhabited)

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Haile

County: Alachua
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Latitude / Longitude: 29°41′28″N 82°34′23″W / 29.691°N 82.573°W / 29.691
Elevation: 85 ft (26 m)
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Comments: Haile is an unincorporated community in Alachua County, Florida, United States. It is located west of Gainesville, approximately 4 miles (6.4 km) northeast of Newberry.
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Hall City

County: Glades
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Latitude / Longitude: 26° 52′ 42″ N, 81° 19′ 35″ W
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Established: 1910
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Comments: Hall City is a ghost town in Florida. It was established in what is now Glades County, Florida, during 1910 by Rev. George F. Hall, a retired Disciples of Christ minister living in Chicago, Illinois. Built and run locally by Rev. Hall’s son, G. Barton Hall, from 1910 until approximately 1925, Hall City was to have been a “temperance town” (i.e., free of alcoholic beverages) and was to be the site of proposed “Hall University”. However, the town failed and the bulk of the land was purchased by the Lykes Brothers Corporation, which still owns the original site.
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Hampton Springs

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Latitude / Longitude: 30° 5′ 7.76″ N, 83° 39′ 17.54″ W
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Comments: Hampton Springs is located four miles from the town of Perry in Taylor County, Florida, United States.
Remains: It was once the site of the famous “Hampton Springs Hotel or Club” which burned down in 1954. Once labeled “Dixie’s Famous Spa”. The hotel was very popular in the early 1900s, when Taylor County boomed due to the intersection of several railroads.
Current Status: The hotel was visited by Theodore Roosevelt, and even royalty from the far east. They came to swim in the sulphur swimming pool that fed from a spring adjacent to the creek (created by the junction of Spring Creek and Rocky Creek) which fed into the Fenholloway River downstream. The ruins of the hotel, including the swimming pool, pathways, and a goldfish pond still remain.
Remarks: Taylor County is in the process of renovating the site as a state park. Picnic tables, a walking bridge over the river, parking, and fencing have been added so far.

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Hicoria

County: Highlands
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Latitude / Longitude: 27°09′06″N 81°21′12″W / 27.15167°N 81.35333°W / 27.15167
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Comments: Hicoria was a town in Highlands County, Florida. The town was situated 5 miles (8.0 km) south of Lake Placid and was established in the 1890s.
Remains: The town was located south of Florida State Road 70, between Florida State Road 8 and U.S. Route 27. The Atlantic Coast Line Railroad had a stop at the town. A lumber mill operated in Hicoria between 1928 and 1934.
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Holopaw (Inhabited)

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Hopewell

County: Hillsborough
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Latitude / Longitude: 27°55′43″N 82°07′25″W / 27.92861°N 82.12361°W / 27.92861
Elevation: 102 ft (31 m)
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Comments: Hopewell is an unincorporated community in Hillsborough County, Florida, United States. It lies at an elevation of 102 feet (31 m) above sea level.
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Hopkins

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Comments: Hopkins, also known as South Melbourne, is a former town in Brevard County, Florida, United States. It is part of the present-day city of Melbourne.
Remains: The former town of Hopkins was developed by George W. Hopkins after he formed the Union Cypress Company on the south side of Crane Creek in present-day Melbourne, Florida. This is where Hopkins constructed cypress and pine sawmills in the years between 1910 and 1915. Hopkins also purchased nearly 100,000 acres (400 km2) in southwestern Brevard County and Osceola County. Hopkins constructed the Union Cypress Railroad to transport timber from Deer Park in Osceola county to his mills south of Melbourne. The Hopkins operation became the company town of Hopkins, employing up to 500 men at its peak, complete with a company store, hospital, post office and FEC railroad depot.
Current Status: The mill continued to operate after George Hopkins died in 1925, supplying lumber and building products for the building boom of the twenties. The Hopkins sawmills finally closed after the Deer Park site had been stripped of its most valuable timber. The Kempfer Sawmill continues to operate near Deer Park, providing cypress and mulch for Brevard and Osceola Counties
Remarks: Hopkins became the most successful businessman in Brevard County in the early 1900s. He worked with his son-in-law, William H. Kempfer, to promote the settlement of Deer Park. His products were shipped throughout the state on the Florida East Coast Railroad. Many of the original bridges, including the first to span the Indian River at Cocoa, were built with Union Cypress products. The Hopkins cypress mill burned to the ground in 1920, but was rebuilt.

Illahaw

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Indian Key

County: Monroe
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Latitude / Longitude: 24°52′40″N 80°40′37″W / 24.8778°N 80.6769°W / 24.8778
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Comments: Indian Key was an unincorporated community in Monroe County and, for a while, Dade County, Florida, United States. It was located in the upper Florida Keys on the island of Indian Key and is currently a ghost town.
Remains: Some of the survivors of the 19 ships of the 1733 Spanish treasure fleet wrecked on the nearby Florida Reef by a hurricane camped on Indian Key until they were rescued. Beginning in the 18th century, Bahamians and Cubans used Indian Key as a base for fishing, turtling, logging and wrecking. Crews might stay on the island for months at a time, but there were no permanent settlers.
Current Status: Indian Key continued to be occupied for a while after the Second Seminole War ended, in 1842. The county seat for Dade County was moved to Miami in 1844, and the upper Keys, including Indian Key, were returned to Monroe County. The 1850 Census found a few families living there, while only two families were left on the island in 1860. In 1856, during the Third Seminole War, the U.S. Army stationed a few men on the island to protect the two remaining families from possible attack by Seminoles. The Keys lost most of their population again during the Civil War, but William Bethel, a wrecker, continued to live on the island from the 1850s until sometime after 1880.
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Indiantown (Inhabited)

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Latitude / Longitude: 27°2′N 80°28′W / 27.033°N 80.467°W / 27.033
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Island Grove

County: Alachua
Zip Code: 32654
Latitude / Longitude: 29°27′13″N 82°06′23″W / 29.45361°N 82.10639°W / 29.45361
Elevation: 75 ft (23 m)
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Comments: Island Grove is an unincorporated community in Alachua County, Florida, United States. Its ZIP code is 32654.
Remains: Island Grove can be found near the southeastern terminus of County Road 325 and US 301. The CSX Wildwood Subdivision also passes through the former community.
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Jerome

County: Collier
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Latitude / Longitude: 25°59.8′N 81°20.8′W / 25.9967°N 81.3467°W / 25.9967
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Comments: Jerome is a small unincorporated community in Collier County, Florida, United States. It lies along State Road 29 north of Copeland and south of Deep Lake at an elevation of 10 feet (3 m).
Remains: Jerome is part of the Naples–Marco Island Metropolitan Statistical Area.
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Jessamine

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Juno(Inhabited)

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Latitude / Longitude: 26°52′24″N 80°3′15″W / 26.87333°N 80.05417°W / 26.87333
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Kenansville

County: Osceola
Zip Code: 34739
Latitude / Longitude: 27° 52′ 35.09″ N, 80° 59′ 16.23″ W
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Comments: Kenansville, Florida, United States, is an unincorporated community in Osceola County. The zip code is 34739.
Remains: Kenansville was founded in the late 1800s when the Okeechobee spur of the Florida East Coast Railroad came to the area. The town was mostly centered around cattle and possibly providing services to travelers here. The town’s received a name in 1914 and Kenansville comes from Henry Flagler’s third wife Mary Lily Kenan. A legend claims that Elvis Presley had stayed at the Heartbreak Hotel and his experience there inspired him to write his song “Heartbreak Hotel”. The town declined in importance when the railroad spur was pulled out.
Current Status: On August 3, 2016, the Osceola Solar Facility opened halfway between Kenansville and St.Cloud. The facility takes up approximately 17 acres of land. It can provide approximately 3.6 megawatts at full power and provide power to 760 homes. It was created as part of Duke Energy’s plan to switch over to more solar power and less coal power.
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Kerr City

County: Marion
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Latitude / Longitude: 29° 22′ 13″ N, 81° 46′ 59″ W
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Comments: Kerr City is a ghost town located in Marion County, Florida, USA. It lies on CR 316 approximately three miles west of SR 19, on the north shore of Lake Kerr.
Remains: Kerr City was the second town in Marion County, platted in 1884. The town grew to 100 residents, a hotel, sawmill, general store, pharmacy, school/church, and a post office. It served as the stage stop for travelers commuting from the St. John’s River to Ocala. Originally a cotton plantation during the Civil War, it flourished as an orange-growing community. The community deserted the town after the freezes of 1894-95.
Current Status: The oldest Texaco “station” in Florida (1925) can still be found in pristine condition here, but now pumps unleaded gas.
Remarks: In 1884 there were 205 acres (0.83 km2) and a platted 26-block town with streets such as Michigan, Indiana and Ohio. Junis Terry, a doctor from Chicago, and his wife arrived and built in 1885 the Lake Kerr House. This hotel was three stories high and was made of virgin pine. Despite the precautions of taking down all the surrounding trees, the hotel burned down in 1907, reportedly by arson. The post office, established in 1884 and renamed Lake Kerr in 1888, was in operation until 1942. The founder, George Smiley continued to live in Kerr City when all the neighbors moved out after the freeze. He gradually bought most of the abandoned properties around him. By 1955 his son Alfred owned the entire town. More recently, the area has come to be owned by Arthur Brennan, a descendant of some of the original homesteaders. Brennan has renovated many of the old homes, now on the National Register of Historic Places, and rents them. As of September 2014, the town is fenced off and visits by the general public are no longer allowed.

Kicco

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Kreamer Island

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Comments: Kreamer Island is a small island in the south-easternmost part of Lake Okeechobee, located in Palm Beach County, Florida just north of Torry Island. Kreamer Island is accessible only by airboat during the wet season and by recreational vehicles during dry season/droughts. A small canal separates Kreamer Island and Torry Island.
Remains: Kreamer Island was a settlement in Palm Beach County, Florida. The settlement was situated 4 miles (6.4 km) north-west of Belle Glade. The island was first settled in the 19th century as a fishing and agricultural settlement. Kreamer Island suffered numerous casualties over the years from hurricanes, including one in the 1920s, in which about 1000 people around the lake perished. The area became generally flooded after the dike around the lake was raised from 6 feet to 20 feet. Kreamer Island is now considered a ghost town.
Current Status: In the beginning of the 2007 winter the Palm Beach County Board of Commissioners started an archaeological dig on Kreamer Island after drought conditions revealed artifacts on the bottom of Lake Okeechobee.
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Lake Fern (Inhabited)

County: Hillsborough
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Lawtey (Inhabited)

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Latitude / Longitude: 30°04′58.04″N 82°07′21.27″W / 30.0827889°N 82.1225750°W / 30.0827889
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Limona (Inhabited)

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Linden

County: Sumter
Zip Code: 33597
Latitude / Longitude: 28°34’N 82°02’W
Elevation: 92 ft (28 m)
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Comments: Linden is an unincorporated community in central Sumter County, Florida, United States. The zip code is 33597, which is shared with Webster to the north.
Remains: The main road through Linden is State Road 50. The abandoned Orange Belt Railway line spanning from Trilby in Pasco County to Sylvan Lake in Seminole County runs parallel to SR 50 throughout the community. Pavement markings approaching this line still exist on County Road 772.
Current Status: Linden has a very rich history, dating back to the mid-19th century. Linden was all owned by a family of farmers named Morgan. It went on that way for twenty years until John Morgan sold a large portion of land to unknown buyers. Over 230 acres (0.93 km2) are still owned by the Morgans. It is the largest land ownership in Linden. Four original Morgans live on the 230 acres (0.93 km2) that make up that homestead.
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Liverpool

County: DeSoto
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Latitude / Longitude: 27° 2′ 38.4″ N, 81° 59′ 6″ W
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Comments: Liverpool is a ghost town in DeSoto County, Florida, United States on the Peace River.
Remains: Liverpool was a phosphate mining town in Florida and was named for its founder, John Cross, from Liverpool, England. Liverpool was most likely chosen because it was on the Peace River, which provided a way that mined phosphate could be transported to Charlotte Harbor. A second reason why it was chosen because it was at the Peace River Mining Company Railroad’s southernmost tip and could be shipped down the river with barges. The town was founded in 1880 and was platted, after phosphate had been discovered in the region. Its founder had envisioned the town being a major center of commerce. He operated the town’s general store and J. E. Riley oversaw the town’s mining operations, served as its mayor and served as a local sheriff. The town in its heyday had docks along the river, post office, hotel, newspaper and a stage shop. After this, John Cross decided to buy land and develop land in Charlotte County. The town’s postal service was discontinued in 1895, in the same year a map was made of Charlotte County and showed the town on the Peace River. In 1905, the area started to run out of phosphate and the town began to decline.
Current Status: The railroad was soon extended further south to Punta Gorda and Boca Grande, making its decline much faster and commerce was starting to shift to Fort Ogden and by the 1920s it was completely gone.
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Lulu (Inhabited)

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Latitude / Longitude: 30°06′27″N 82°29′28″W / 30.10750°N 82.49111°W / 30.10750
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Mabel

County: Sumter
Zip Code: 33597, 33514
Latitude / Longitude: 28°35’N 81°59’W
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Comments: Mabel is an unincorporated community in central Sumter County, Florida, United States. The postal codes are 33597, which is shared by Webster to the northwest and 33514, which is shared by Center Hill to the north.
Remains: The main road through Mabel is State Road 50. Two abandoned railroad lines also run through Mabel. One was the Orange Belt Railway line that spans from Trilby in Pasco County to Sylvan Lake in Seminole County. The other was a Seaboard Air Line Railroad line that spans from Coleman to Auburndale in Polk County.
Current Status: Mabel began in the late 1800s, receiving a Post Office in 1894. The town was named after the daughter of Postmaster J.P. Phelps. This was a small community of 40-50 people, with a sawmill that made bean hampers (wooden fruit baskets) and other wood products. There was also a packing house called “Maybell”. The sawmill and packing house closed as the residents slowly migrated to nearby Linden. The Post Office closed in 1918 and Mabel has remained a quiet spot on the map ever since.
Remarks: Aside from local farms, the main attraction of Mabel is the northern terminus of the General James A. Van Fleet State Trail, which runs along the former railroad line between Coleman and Auburndale.

Magnolia

County: Wakulla
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Latitude / Longitude: 30°13′15″N 84°10′30″W / 30.22083°N 84.17500°W / 30.22083 -84.17500
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Comments: Magnolia, Florida was a thriving river port town in southern Wakulla County, Florida, established in the 1820s and is classified as an “extinct city” by the State Library and Archives of Florida. All that remains of the city is the run down cemetery – the last known burial was in 1859. The cemetery is on land now owned by the St. Joe Paper Company. The town was located near the small city of St. Marks, Florida.
Remains: In June 1827, only 6 years after Spain ceded Florida to the United States, four brothers from Maine- John, George, Nathanial and Weld Hamlin- founded the town of Magnolia on the St. Marks river just north of the existing town of St. Marks. The Ladd family also married into the Hamlin family and helped settle the new town of Magnolia. Their primary purpose was to establish a profitable shipping port for the export of cotton that would be delivered to the port from points north, primarily from the rail terminus in Tallahassee about 20 miles north. The Hamlins had relatives in Maine who owned and operated a large textile mill.
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Remarks: There was another town named Magnolia that existed around the time of the American Civil War in Clay County, Florida on the west bank of the St. Johns River. Period maps place this town just north of present-day Green Cove Springs. (Some maps (Atlas To Accompany The Official records of the Union and confederate Armies) name the location as “Magnolia Hotel & Steam Mill,” but it appears in dispatches as Magnolia.)

Manasota

County: Sarasota
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Comments: Manasota is an unincorporated community in Sarasota County, Florida, United States, located on the mainland south of Venice. The Manasota Bridge (County Road 774) crosses Lemon Bay (Gulf Intracoastal Waterway), connecting Manasota to Manasota Beach and Manasota Key. It is home to a United States Postal Service processing and distribution center for Manatee and Sarasota counties.
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Manhattan

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Comments: Manhattan was a planned community in Manatee County, Florida, United States, though today it is an unincorporated community.
Remains: Manhattan was named after Manhattan, a borough of New York City. The town was created by investors in 1926. At the time there was an explosion in Real Estate in Florida known as the Florida Land Boom. The site of the town had almost no structures other than buildings to promote sales and a general store. It was abandoned by the time The Great Depression started.
Current Status: Today, there are no remains of the former town site. The site was on the North Shore of Lake Manatee.
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Mannfield

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Comments: Mannfield (sometimes incorrectly called Mansfield or Mannsfield) is a ghost town near Lecanto, Florida, in the Withlacoochee State Forest.
Remains: Mannfield was settled by early pioneer, Austin Mann, an active citrus farmer and cattle rancher. Mann formed a company to dig and operate canals on the east side of the county. He was also active in politics and as the area’s State Senator Mann guided through legislature the bill that created Citrus as a county in 1887. He selected Mannfield as the first county seat. The village of Mannfield (geographically located in the center of the newly created county) was selected to be the acting Citrus seat for two years, after which a vote of the county electors was to decide the permanent site. Two factions soon developed, the supporters of Mannfield and those wishing to transfer the county seat to Inverness. It appears that Mannfield was intended as a temporary county seat only. The county commissioners originally met at a local church, while court functions were conducted in the Moffatt and Gaffney residences, the latter of which rented for the sum of $19 per month. Various inconclusive elections were held, until on May 4, 1891 Inverness won by a close vote. The controversy continued, and at times erupted into physical violence, since the Mannfield faction refused to accept the election results. Finally, this faction obtained a court injunction to block the transfer of the courthouse to Inverness to affect the transfer before the injunction could be served the Inverness faction moved the county government in the middle of the night in May 1891, transferring all county records, court furniture and fixtures in wagons brought for that purpose. The County Clerk, Captain W. C. Zimmerman, refused to move, and so was lifted up in his chair and placed in a wagon. Upon his arrival in Inverness, Zimmerman was unloaded and told to declare Inverness the new county seat.
Current Status: During the Great Depression, the Federal Government acquired the Mannfield and surrounding area to form the Withlacoochee State Forest from private landowners between 1936 and 1939 under the provisions of the U.S. Land Resettlement Administration. Mannfield lies on the outskirts of the forest, less than a mile from CR 491. Traces still remain, including foundations, cemetery and oaks which were said to line the main street. A pond nearby also bears the town’s name. Mannfield lies within the Lecanto Sandhills, an environmentally sensitive region.
Remarks: Mannfield was settled in 1884. In 1887 Hernando County was divided into three counties, Pasco, Citrus and the present-day Hernando County. Mannfield became the county seat of Citrus. It once had a hotel, church, school, 3 general stores, a sawmill and a newspaper. In 1893 the railroad came through the county and bypassed Mannfield in favor of Inverness. Soon after the old Mannfield courthouse was put on logs and rolled 5 miles through the pines to the settlement of Landrum and used as a private residence.

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Moffit

County: Hardee
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Latitude / Longitude: 27° 27′ 17.14″ N, 81° 47′ 48.29″ W
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Comments: Moffitt is a ghost town in Hardee County, Florida, United States.
Remains: Moffitt gets its name from its founder John Moffitt. Moffit was founded when the former Florida Southern Railway was built. The town of Moffit had a post office from 1900–1916. Moffitt’s residents mostly worked in the lumber mill or through farming and cattle. When the trees ran out the lumber mill closed and the town’s people moved elsewhere. Later the tracks and railroad went away and the town today is a rural area.
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Comments: Muscogee, is a ghost town located twenty miles northwest of Pensacola, Florida, in Escambia County, along the Perdido River, United States. Named after the Muscogee Lumber Company, formed by Georgia lumber men, the European-American town was founded in 1857 by a group of lumbermen to harvest timber from the surrounding pine forests. They and the following company clearcut the timber, and once the forests were gone, lumbering ended in this area.
Remains: In 1889 Southern States Land and Lumber Company bought the founding company. They had pines brought to the mills from Florida and Alabama by river, oxcart and rail. The company had five locomotives and seventy cars; it built approximately 50 miles of logging railroad and spur track. Its tugboat worked on the Perdido River, maneuvering logbooms. At the peak of production, the logging camps and associated four lumber mills employed over 1,000 men from the area. The town had a Southern States commissary and other stores, and schools to serve the children of the families.
Current Status: In 1925 Southern States began to liquidate its holdings. It abandoned the mills, and in 1928 sold the town and surrounding 2300 acres to B.C. Davis, a land owner and turpentine operator from DeFuniak Springs. At the time, the town had a population of 300 to 400. Gradually the residents moved away to other places where there was work and a future.
Remarks: In one year, the company exported 60 million feet of lumber: 13 million feet to the eastern United States, and the remainder to markets nations of Central and South America, the West Indies, Europe and Africa. Businessmen stayed at the hotel or boarding houses in town, which was served by the Louisville and Nashville Railroad and the Pensacola, Alabama, and Tennessee Railroad.

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Comments: Montbrook Army Air Field, was a World War II United States Army Air Forces airfield, located 2.4 miles (3.9 km) south-southwest of Williston, Florida.
Remains: During World War II, the airfield was opened as a US Army Air Forces installation on 1 January 1942. Montbrook was a sub-base of the Army Air Force School of Applied Tactics Alachua Army Air Field. The airfield was very small with only a few personnel assigned. It was under the operational control of the AAFSAT 415th Bombardment Group Medium Bombardment training unit at Alachua AAF.
Current Status: 99th Bombardment Squadron, 5 February-14 November 1943 (B-25 Mitchell), (B-26 Marauder) 465th Bombardment Squadron, 19 November 1943 – 2 March 1944 (DB-7, A-20 Havoc) On 20 May 1944, the airfield was put on standby status and placed under the control of the 4318th Army Air Force Base Unit (Base Maintenance). It appears to have been closed by the end of 1944 with jurisdiction of the airfield being transferred to Air Technical Service Command (ATSC), whose mission was the transfer of any useful military equipment to other bases around the country. Under ATSC, buildings and equipment were sold and any useful military equipment was transferred to other bases around the country. The base was declared as surplus and was turned over to the War Assets Administration (WAA) for disposal and return to civil use.
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Muscogee

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Latitude / Longitude: 30° 36′ 0″ N, 87° 24′ 0″ W
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