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The town of Mellonville was founded around Fort Mellon in 1842 by Daniel Stewart. In 1845, Florida became a U.S. state, and Mellonville became county seat of Orange County, formerly called Mosquito County with its county seat across the lake at Enterprise. Orange groves were planted, with the first fruit packing plant built in 1869. In 1870, "General" Henry Shelton Sanford bought 12,548 acres to the west of Mellonville and laid out the community of Sanford. Believing it would become a transportation hub, he called it "The Gateway City to South Florida."

Several groups of Swedes were imported as indentured servants to do the back-breaking labor of establishing a new town and clearing the sub-tropical wilderness in advance of creating a citrus empire, arriving by steamboat in 1871. Incorporated in 1877 with a population of 100, Sanford absorbed Mellonville in 1883.

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    San/ ford, a post-village of Orange co., Fla., on Lake Monroe, an expansion of St. John's River, 124 miles above Palatka, and 1 mile from Mellonville. ...Read MORE...


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    Sanford, a banking city of Orange co., Fla., on Lake Monroe, an expansion of the St. John's River, 70 miles S. of Palatka, on the Atlantic Coast...Read MORE...


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    Harvesting Celery, Sanford, Fla., "The Celery City"
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  • News 1975 - June 9 - Fire in prison hospital kills 10 prisoners & 1 guard (Sanford Fla)

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    June 9, 1975



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  • 1895 - Sanford
    San/ ford, a post-village of Orange co., Fla., on Lake Monroe, an expansion of St. John's River, 124 miles above Palatka, and 1 mile from Mellonville. ... Read MORE...

  • 1906
    Sanford, a banking city of Orange co., Fla., on Lake Monroe, an expansion of the St. John's River, 70 miles S. of Palatka, on the Atlantic Coast... Read MORE...

  • News  1975 - June 9 - Fire in prison hospital kills 10 prisoners & 1 guard (Sanford Fla)

    historyorb.com
    June 9, 1975

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