A report on Ocala, Florida

A reconstructed Fort King in 2017.
Downtown Ocala in 1883
Fort King Street in c. 1920
Silver Springs State Park
Eastbound SR 40 as it approaches US 27-301-441 in Ocala.

City in and the county seat of Marion County within the northern region of Florida, United States.

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Marion County, Florida

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Located in the central portion of the U.S. state of Florida.

Located in the central portion of the U.S. state of Florida.

Its county seat is Ocala.

Looking north towards the US 41/301 concurrency in Sarasota

U.S. Route 301 in Florida

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U.S. Route 301 (US 301) in Florida runs from the Sarasota-Bradenton-Venice, Florida Metropolitan Statistical Area northeast to the Greater Jacksonville Metropolitan Area.

U.S. Route 301 (US 301) in Florida runs from the Sarasota-Bradenton-Venice, Florida Metropolitan Statistical Area northeast to the Greater Jacksonville Metropolitan Area.

Looking north towards the US 41/301 concurrency in Sarasota
On top of the hills between Dade City and Zephyrhills
Owensboro Junction Trailhead
Withlacoochee River, forming the Hernando/Pasco County line
US 301 two miles north of Florida's Turnpike
Wildwood, looking south at the bridge over the CSX rail tracks
Stone posts that say "Welcome to Sumter County", by US 301 at the Marion-Sumter county line
First Baptist Church, at the U.S. 301/CR 318 intersection in Citra
Old Bradford County Courthouse along US 301 in Starke
A US 301 shield used in Florida prior to 1993

US 301 carries the hidden state road designations of State Road 683 from Sarasota to US 41 in Bradenton, SR 55 from Bradenton to Palmetto, SR 43 from US 41 in Palmetto to US 92 east of Tampa, SR 41 from US 92 to Zephyrhills, SR 39 from Zephyrhills to US 98 south of Dade City, State Road 35 from US 98 to Belleview (except SR 533 around downtown Dade City), SR 500 from Belleview to Ocala, SR 200 from Ocala to Callahan and SR 15 from Callahan to the Georgia border, south of Folkston, Georgia.

Forest High School (Florida)

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Forest High School is a school in Ocala, Florida, United States.

Juniper Springs in the Ocala National Forest

Ocala National Forest

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The Ocala National Forest ls the second largest nationally protected forest in the U.S. State of Florida.

The Ocala National Forest ls the second largest nationally protected forest in the U.S. State of Florida.

Juniper Springs in the Ocala National Forest
Hidden Pond in the Juniper Prairie Wilderness portion of the Ocala National Forest.
Yearling Trail sign within the forest.
The north shore of Wildcat Lake along SR 40 in Lake County. A boat ramp exists east of the picnic area shown here.
Juniper Springs Recreation Area off of SR 40
The entrance to the Florida Trail in the Juniper Prairie Wilderness.

It is located three miles (5 km) east of Ocala and 16 mi southeast of Gainesville.

The southern terminus of US 441 in Miami

U.S. Route 441 in Florida

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North–south United States Highway.

North–south United States Highway.

The southern terminus of US 441 in Miami
U.S. 441/U.S. 192 intersection in Holopaw
Golf cart bridge over US 27/US 441, in The Villages
A surviving support for a never-completed bridge that was part of the Cross Florida Barge Canal project, in the US 441 median in Santos.
US 441 in McIntosh, looking south
A US 441 shield used in Florida prior to 1993

State Road 500 from the intersection with Irlo Bronson Memorial Highway (US 192) in Holopaw to Bonnie Heath Boulevard (US 27/SR 492) in Ocala.

Eastbound SR 40 as it approaches US 27-301-441 in Ocala.

Florida State Road 40

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Eastbound SR 40 as it approaches US 27-301-441 in Ocala.
The bridge at Astor carries SR 40 across the St. Johns River, between Lake and Volusia Counties
SR 40 crosses the Halifax River on the Granada Bridge
Sign along CR 40 memorializing the filming of the 1962 Elvis Presley movie "Follow That Dream" along the road in Inglis

State Road 40 (SR 40) is a 91.832 mi east–west route across central Florida, running from U.S. Route 41 (US 41) in Rainbow Lakes Estates eastwards through Ocala over the Ocklawaha River and bridge and through the heart of the Ocala National Forest to State Road A1A in Ormond Beach.

Southern terminus in Miami

U.S. Route 27 in Florida

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North–south United States Highway.

North–south United States Highway.

Southern terminus in Miami
US 27, looking North near the Everglades.
US 27, looking south towards the I-75 interchange
The Lake Placid Tower, on US 27. Similar to the Citrus Tower further north in Clermont, which is also on US 27
US 27 in Minneola, looking south towards the Citrus Tower
Golf cart bridge over US 27/US 441
US 27 entering Fellowship from the south
The Frank Norris Bridge in Branford
US 27 in Mayo near the SR 51 intersection. On the right is the M. Pico Building
US 27 at the Aucilla River, which is the Madison/Jefferson County border
Construction of Apalachee Parkway in Tallahassee, Florida, April 1957
A US 27 shield used in Florida prior to 1993

Before US 27/US 301/US 441 enters Ocala, it veers off to the left at an intersection with County Road Old 441 (Southeast Lake Weir Avenue), a former segment of US 441 that eventually leads to Ocala Union Station.

Vanguard High School

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One of seven public high schools in Marion County, Florida.

One of seven public high schools in Marion County, Florida.

The school serves the northeast area of Ocala, Florida.

Rampage during the Second Seminole War.

Second Seminole War

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Conflict from 1835 to 1842 in Florida between the United States and groups collectively known as Seminoles, consisting of Native Americans and Black Indians.

Conflict from 1835 to 1842 in Florida between the United States and groups collectively known as Seminoles, consisting of Native Americans and Black Indians.

Rampage during the Second Seminole War.
Rampage during the Second Seminole War.
The Treaty of Moultrie Creek provided for a reservation in central Florida for the Seminoles.
This view of a Seminole village shows the log cabins they lived in prior to the disruptions of the Second Seminole War.
White settlers massacred by the Seminoles. From an 1836 book.
Illustration from an 1836 book on the murder of a woman by Seminoles
Viewing the demise of Major Dade and his Command
Gen. Eustis burned Pilaklikaha, or Abraham's Town, on his way to join Gen. Scott's campaign.
Attack of the Seminoles on the blockhouse
1836 broadside
Camp Volusia or Fort Barnwell on the Saint Johns River
US Army troops with a Seminole guide.
Osceola was seized at the orders of Gen. Jesup when he appeared for a meeting under a white flag.
Site of Battle of the Loxahatchee River plaque on wooden stump overlooking Loxahatchee River in Jonathan Dickinson State Park. The actual battle is now known to have occurred about 4 – to the SW this marker.
Detail of plaque
This lithograph, published in 1848 after the war ended, depicts the common misperception that the bloodhounds physically attacked the Seminole.
A U.S. Marine boat expedition searching for the Seminoles in the Everglades during the Second Seminole War
The remaining Seminoles in Florida were allowed to stay on an informal reservation in southwest Florida at the end of the Second Seminole War in 1842.

Fort King was built near the reservation agency, at the site of present-day Ocala, Florida.

The south end of I-75 near Miami

Interstate 75 in Florida

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Part of the Interstate Highway System and runs from the Hialeah–Miami Lakes border, a few miles northwest of Miami, to Sault Ste. Marie in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan.

Part of the Interstate Highway System and runs from the Hialeah–Miami Lakes border, a few miles northwest of Miami, to Sault Ste. Marie in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan.

The south end of I-75 near Miami
Aerial view of I-75 through Alligator Alley
I-75 southbound at exit 256 (SR 618) in Brandon
I-75 passing through south Pasco County
The Cross Florida Greenway bridge over I-75
I-75 crossing the Suwannee River, with a snippet of music from "Old Folks at Home"
The original plans called for I-75 to end in Tampa.

The freeway passes through the Tampa Bay area before turning inward toward Ocala, Gainesville, and Lake City before leaving the state and entering Georgia.