Saturday, March 15, 2008

Citrus From the Past...

Seminole Wekiva Trail

Along the Seminole Wekiva Trail, somewhere in Sanford, Florida, I came across this little historical marker...

Citrus Packing House

The sign said...

Citrus Packing House:
The Umatilla Fruit Company was located here besides the Sanford and Lake Eustis Railroad Tracks and served the citrus industry that flourished in the Paola/Sylvan Lake area.

The Seminole Wekiva Trail was built on top of abandoned railroad tracks. You occasionally get little glimpses of the past from signs like these, a random railroad tie on the side of the trail, or even old railroad trestles.

Right across from this sign on the opposite side of the trail, this gift for patrons of the trail was set up with free oranges, tangerines, and kumquats. Could this fruit be from some leftover trees from when the citrus industry in the area was centered around this spot?

Citrus Packing House
Citrus Packing House

The fruit was in front of this old tin-roofed house. Could this be an old building leftover from the citrus packing house as well?

Citrus Packing House

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

How cool! My great grandfather owned the Umatilla Fruit Company and I didn't even know this monument existed. I'll have to try to find it. Thanks for posting.