Located only about 40 minutes from the bustling big city of Orlando, this little monument is a forgotten slice of American history.
The road here was called the Old Dixie Highway, and was built sometime in the 1920's. It's made out of brick! At one time it was paved over, but the pavement is gone in many areas and it's easy to see the brick surface. Along one side of the road are some rural homes, and the other side is still empty Florida forest land.
Polk county, Florida built at least three citrus monuments to attract tourists and (hopefully) convince people to move to Florida. They were all built around 1930, during the early part of the depression.
An interesting note about this one is the mis-spelling of it - it actually was engraved "citurs" center, and the mistake remains to this day. There is unfortunately some graffiti on the lower part of this monument, but you can still get an idea of how impressive it must have looked as you bumped along the red brick road in your Model T!
It's fairly easy to find with a good map. Directions: I-4 exit 58. East on Hwy 532/Osceola Polk Line Rd for a little more than four miles. Cross the railroad tracks, then *immediately* turn right (south) onto Old Tampa Highway/Old Kissimmee Rd. (This is just before you get to US 17/92.) The road runs for a little less than two miles, and the monument is on your right. Alternate directions: 17/92 south of Kissimee, turn right onto Labor Camp Rd. then turn right, go about a half-mile or mile and it's on your left.
Take a couple of hours and get away from all the theme parks to see a real piece of American history :-)
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