3. Shortly before the county was created, its land was free for the taking. Under the Florida Armed Occupation Act of 1842, settlers who could clear five acres of land or less that wasn’t within two miles of a military installation, as well as protect it with arms, could dwell there for free for five years.
8. Marion County boasts one of Florida’s first tourist attractions: Silver Springs drew crowds as early as before the Civil War. Several movies have been filmed at Silver Springs, including many of the Tarzan movies of the 30s and 40s, and The Creature From the Black Lagoon.
9. Ocala is also known as “Brick City,” and the name came about almost by accident. On Thanksgiving Day in 1883, a fire destroyed four blocks of the heart of the city, including the courthouse, several businesses, and five hotels—the inhabitants wisely rebuilt with brick and the name “Brick City” stuck.
10. Several famous racehorses have either trained or been bred in Marion County including Needles, the first Florida-bred to win the Kentucky Derby; Affirmed, who won the Triple Crown in 1978; and American Pharoah, who won the Triple Crown in 2015.
As you can see, Marion County has a had a significant influence in many industries over the course of time— from being an early titan of agriculture, having one of Florida’s earliest tourist attractions, being a popular filming location during the 1930’s-1960’s, and of course our beloved equine industry. To this day, our county continues to flourish with new growth while continuing to preserve our land and our heritage.
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