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The Heart of the Lake Region


This cross section chart of FIcrida, through Lake County, indicates eleva-
tion of the lake region in which Leesburg is situated.


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Leesburg, Florida


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EESBURG, through its
Chamber of Commerce,
presents herewith its de-
scriptive booklet for the season of
1926 and 1927.

It is the purpose to let the camera
tell the story rather than recite the
city's beauties and advantages in
words.

Leesburg, as a city of uninterrupted
and substantial development, has
stood the test of a half a century
and its real growth is just begin-
ning.

A request mailed to the Chamber
of Commerce will bring to you the
most accurate information obtain-
able on points not treated of in these
pages.










High Lights on Leesburg

Population: 6,000.
Trading Population: 30,000.
Area:: 7% Square Miles.
Location: Midway between the Atlantic Ocean and, the
Gulf of Mexico; 138 miles south of Jacksonville; 94 miles
north of Tampa.
Railroads: Seaboard Air Line and Atlantic Coast Line.
Miles of paved streets: 18%.
Elevation above sea level: 96 feet.
Temperature: Mean for 1925, 72.1.
Highest temperature, August 20, 97.
Lowest temperature, December 28, 35.
Total average precipitation, 46 inches.
Assessed Property Valuation: $5,208,820.
Net bonded Indebtedness: $416,004.29.
Municipal Improvements under construction: $868,900.
Telephones: 571.
Bank Deposits: $3,982,861.
Postal Receipts: $28,539.
Citrus Fruit Annual Shipment: 450,000 boxes.
Watermelons, Annual Shipment: 1,800 carloads.
Electric Light Rate: 10 cents per K. W.
Electric Power and Cooking Rate: 5 cents per K. W.
Domestic Water Rate: 25 cents per 100 cubic feet.















Jeesburg, Lake County, Florida

Leesburg, Lake County, is in the hill and lake region of central
Florida. It is 56 miles from the Gulf of Mexico and 82 miles from the
Atlantic Ocean. It is 138 miles south of Jacksonville by rail and 94
miles north of Tampa. It is easily accessible from any point in Florida
by automobile, rail or bus.
Leesburg is the commercial capital of a region composed of the larger
parts of Lake and Sumter Counties. Before the railroads were built
into central Florida, Leesburg was the freight distributing point for
all this section of the state, freight being brought from Jacksonville
through the St. Johns and Oklawaha rivers direct to this city. During
all these years it has maintained its commercial and banking supremacy
of this section.
Leesburg is not a boom or new city. It was incorporated as a town
51 years ago.
Its growth has followed the agricultural development of the region in
which it is located. Attractions of climate, scenery, altitude, pure water,
location on 70 square miles of lake water and other considerations
have hastened its uninterrupted growth but, primarily, its growth has
been "from the ground up."
More and more in recent years, with the perfecting of the road sys-
tem in central Florida, home seekers have chosen this hill and lake
region for winter and permanent homes. The hills, many of them near
Leesburg being more than 300 feet high, with the 1400 lakes in Lake
County, appeal strongly to those who seek the pleasure of water sports
and scenery without the disadvantages of residence on salt water.
In the matter of accessibility Leesburg is the focus of the automobile
highway system of the State. Lake county is now well provided with
roads but in addition to existing highways approximately $6,000,000 is
being put into new roads and bridges and with completion of these Lake
County will be the best paved county in the state of Florida, and one
of the best paved in the United States. Leesburg is on the Dixie High-
way and on the Indian River City-Crystal River cross-state highway.
Leesburg is on and between Lakes Harris and Griffin the third and
fourth largest lakes in Florida, the former with an area of 32.90 square
miles and the latter 34.67 square miles by government survey within
the high water line. Lake Griffin lies to the north of the city and is
the head waters of the Oklawaha River, which flows to the north and
east into the St. Johns and the Atlantic Ocean. Lake Harris lies to the
south of the city and is so precisely located on the backbone of Flor-
ida's water shed that when the lake is high its waters drain into the
Gulf of Mexico while from its lower level it drains into the Atlantic
Ocean. The canal across the City of Leesburg that is to connect Lakes
Harris and Griffin will be only five-eights of a mile long. The right
of way for this canal has been bought.







Realizing the value' not only to Lake county but to Florida at large,
of an inland waterway from Jacksonville to Miami, Leesburg and other
Lake county cities obtained from the legislature in May, 1925, an act
authorizing the creation of a navigation district, with the power to
issue bonds, with view to cutting navigable connections between the
large lakes of Lake county-Lakes Griffin, Harris, Yale, Eustis, Dora
and Apopka. This lead was followed by the creation of similar naviga-
tions districts in Orange and Osceola counties. The objective of this
plan is to make possible navigation by freight and pleasure craft from
Jacksonville to Miami, through the St. John's river, Oklawaha river,
Lakes Griffin, Eustis, Harris, Dora, Apopka, Tohopekaliga, Kissimmee,
the Kisslmmee river, Lake Okeechobee and the Miami canal. Between
several of these lakes there are natural connections which need only
cleaning out. Those not familiar with the geography of Florida and
the unique beauties of its central lake region can form no adequate
concept of the attractions of this route, either as to its commercial
advantages or its picturesque charm. This route will be approximately
500 miles in length with Leesburg in a commanding position. Arrange-
ments for a preliminary survey on which to base a bond election have
been made.
Leesburg is also on the route approved by the government engineers for
a deep water intracoastal waterway from Jacksonville to the Gulf of
Mexico across central Florida. This project has reached only the
preliminary survey stage; but when this canal is dug it will cut
through the city of Leesburg.
The agricultural background of Leesburg is formed chiefly by the
extensive citrus groves, watermelon acreage and truck lands.
Lake County was a "natural" citrus region, that is, the orange grew
wild in the woods; and it was from this wild stock that the thousands
of acres of orange, grapefruit and tangerine groves were developed.
Leesburg citrus fruit is of high quality and commands top prices in
the northern markets. A substantial contributing factor to the success
of citrus culture in the Leesburg region is the hundreds of lakes which
kill the frost and reduce the hazard from that source to the minimum.
About 450,000 boxes is the annual export for the section.
Leesburg is the early watermelon capital of the United States.
Buyers who flock to Leesburg in May ship from 1,700 to 2,000 carloads
of melons to the northern markets annually.
Next to the citrus fruit and melons, cabbage, tomatoes and cucum-
bers rank in importance as commercial crops.
Commercial fern culture is a large source of revenue. The asparagus
plumosus, fern, whose delicate, feathery fronds are to be found in nearly
every floral piece put out by northern florists, is the chief variety raised.
They are grown under artificial semi-shade and some of the ferneries
are several acres in extent. The annual shipments range from 20,000
to 25,000 boxes.
Leesburg's climate is equable. The widest variation in mean monthly
temperatures is only 25 degrees. July and August as a rule, are the
rainy season and during these months showers in the early afternoon
may be expected almost daily. These showers cool the air and render
pleasant the warmer summer months. The Leesburg region, on account
of its hilly character, never has been visited by a damaging wind storm
and, according to meteorological experts, is immune from disturbances
of a cyclonic nature.
















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1. The main business street of Leesburg. 2. The public schools of Leesburg
are equipped to provide the most advanced form of education.







Municipal Improvements
It may fairly be questioned if any city in Florida, comparable to
Leesburg in size, has gone ahead faster in the matter of substantial
civic betterments during the last few years than has this city. Follow-
ing a consistent and definite program the City Commission, during
1925, laid the financial foundation for public work which has been
under way during the current year and which will reach into 1927.
Leesburg had 8 miles of paved streets and sidewalks; under the
present program 10 miles are being added, giving 18% miles of the
highest type of paved streets in a city 2% by 3 miles in size.
Within a few months will be completed on the Lake Harris side of
the city a bay and yacht basin beginning only three blocks from Main
Street and opening into the main body of the lake. A 600-horse power
suction dredge has been at work on this project a year and its com-
pletion is close at hand. Bordering this bay will be a public park
affording swimming, boating and other recreational facilities.
On October 9, Leesburg dedicated formally a new city hall, built at
a cost of approximately $100,000. To the north of the City Hall is
being created another municipal park, designed especially for the
convenience and entertainment of visitors. There will be a terraced
stadium, band shell, lagoon and other features consistent with the
general purpose of the park.
The current program of municipal improvement, besides the above,
includes the purchase of the right-of-way for a canal to connect Lakes
Harris and Griffin; extension of sewer system;' condemnation of un-
sightly buildings that were fire menaces; the dredging and beautifying
of several small lakes in the city limits; extension of the white way
and additional illumination; and numerous minor betterments.
Operating under charter provision, the City Planning Commission,
consisting of five members, has the duty of initiating and recommending
to the City Commission general municipal improvements. The recom-
mendations of this Commission go far in promoting and regulating the
orderly, systematic growth of the city.


Industrial
Four miles south of Leesburg are kaolin deposits of vast extent.
Two large plants operate in the mining and washing of this white
clay for shipment to the north. Most of the product at present is con-
sumed in the manufacture of automobile tires. The analysis of Lees-
burg kaolin gives what is known as an "ideal potters' clay"; but the
development of the deposits in the manufacture of china table ware
and similar products has not yet been begun. The deposits, the extent
of which are unknown, are close to the surface and in places are 40
feet thick.
Leesburg sand is used throughout the state on account of its recog-
nized high quality. It is dredged from the bottom of Lake Harris. It
is white, sharp and possesses other valuable qualities that cause it to
be specified for uses calling for superior sand.
Red brick clay is found in great quantities, large kilns being operated
just west of the city.
The gathering of Spanish moss for upholstery purposes form a
considerable industry, especially among the colored population.
There are three plants for the making of concrete products.
Crates for fruits and vegetables are manufactured in a local plant.
The largest seasonal pay-roll is carried by the packing houses.















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1. Masonic Temple to left and First National Bank to the right. 2. The
Mote Block. 3. The Leesburg State Bank, completed in 1926. 4. The
Woman's Club Building.








Leesburg School System
Leesburg is particularly proud of its public school system.Unusual in-
terest has been taken recently by the new board of trustees to see that
Leesburg has one of the best and most up-to-date systems of educa-
tion that can be found anywhere in the United States.
The teaching staff consist of a supervising principal, a senior high
school principal, a junior high school principal, a supervisor of Physical
Education, one supervisor of Public School Music, one of band and wind
instruments, a supervisor of orchestra and piano, and thirty teachers.
The attendance is approximately 800 and increasing rapidly each
year, so that a building program for a new senior-junior high school will
be inaugurated this year. The approximate increase in pupils each year
is about 100.
The elementary building consisting of the first six grades and the
high school building consisting of the last six grades are located on the
same grounds. There is a playground of over four acres on which are
several tennis and basket ball courts. Plans are underway now for the
erection of a cement court 100 feet by 100 feet to be used for basket
ball, tennis, and play court for the smaller children on rainy days. This
will be roofed over but not enclosed.
The elementary school building has 18 rooms that are in use con-
stantly. In the high school building there are 22 rooms and a large
assembly hall which will seat 180 pupils. The large auditorium will
seat over 800 and contains five smaller rooms, one of which is the piano
studio.
At the beginning of 1926-27 school year there were enrolled 182 in
the junior high school and 140 in the senior high school. 37 are mem-
bers of the graduating class of 1927. The 6-3-3 plan of schools was
inaugurated for the first time in 1926, and by the second semester
of the school year a model plan of junior-senior high schools will be in
operation.
For the first time in the history of the schools, there is a definite
system of physical education under the direction of a legally certified
director and coach. It is aimed to place special emphasis upon the
properly directed physical development of the pupil as well as the men-
tal development. Honors will be awarded on the basis of three factors.
Honors in athletics; honors in literary and social activities and honors
in academic standing. These three mark the development of a well
"rounded out', education. For graduation a student must have 18
units of work. 16 majors and two minors. These minors may be in
physical education, music, art, or social activities. The majors are the
regularly required high school branches as outlined by the state de-
partment.
The Leesburg High School is accredited with the Southern Associa-
tion of Secondary Schools and Colleges. All of the high school faculty
are college graduates, and some have their master degrees. It is the
aim of the system to place special emphasis upon the training and suc-
cessful experience of the teaching corps in the grades and high school,
and to have each teacher a specialist in her particular line of work.
Each year some definite plan of education is worked out. This year
in conjunction with the National Bureau of Educational Research a
testing program will be given to determine the ranking of the Lees-
burg pupils when compared to pupils of other systems throughout the
United States.





































































Located in the heart of the lake region of the state, Leesburg offers un-
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Big black bass are the rule rather than the exception. These fish were
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By Way of Recreation
The lakes in the Leesburg section afford exceptional fishing. Black
bass are caught in such numbers and of such size that the non-resident
angler finds himself more than repaid for his visit to Leesburg. The
official record as to size is a bass weighing 181/ pounds, 33 inches long
and measuring 28 inches around the body at the dorsal fin. Bass
ranging from 10 to 15 pounds in weight are caught so frequently that
they attract scant attention here. There is about as much artificial
as live bait used as the bass strike either without discrimination.
Where the lily pads are particularly thick live bait is generally used.
There is no closed season and the bass strike the year round, many
large catches being made in the middle of the warm summer days. The
spawning season for bass in the Leesburg lakes is March and April.
The minimum legal sizes of fish that may be taken are as follows:
Bass-11 inches from the end of nose to fork of tail.
Speckled perch-7 inches.
Catfish-10 inches.
Bream-4 inches.
Under the law only ten bass can be taken on one rod in one day.
Following is the schedule of fishing license fees:
Residents-No license required.
Non-Residents-County license $2.25.
Non-Residents-State license $5.25.
Within two hours drive by automobile from Leesburg deer, bear,
wildcat, coon, 'possum and wild turkey abound; while almost at the
city limits quail, ducks, geese, snipe, coot, gallinules and rice birds are
to be found in such numbers as to make the shooting excellent. The
opening season for most game and birds is from November 20 to Feb-
ruary 15.
Non-resident hunters are required to pay a license fee of $25.25.
In the municipal park in which stands the City Hall, the City Com-
mission has provided tennis and roque and horseshoe courts, and chess
and checker tables for the entertainment of visitors. Similar recrea-
tional features are to be installed in the lake front park under con-
struction.
Along recreational lines, besides its fishing and shooting, Leesburg
offers golf, tennis, baseball and football in season, boating, swimming,
roque, horseshoes and chess and checkers.
The principal golf course is that of the Silver Lake Golf and Country
Club, on Silver Lake, 4 miles east of the city. This is a hilly, sporty
9-hole course on which 36 is par. It has yardage of 3,360, grass greens
in excellent condition, two lake hazards and several doglegs.
The Sunnicrest Tennis Club has a membership of 40. Its courts at
Sunnicrest are superior. The Sunnicrest Club in addition to promoting
local matches, arranges county-wide tournaments and welcomes visiting
tennis players.
Leesburg's baseball team is a member of the Lake County League.
The local baseball park is known as Cooke Field. It is well up to big
league standards as a ball park and was built primarily to accommodate
northern big league clubs as a spring training camp.
Football interest centers in the Leesburg High School eleven.
With the completion of the Lake Harris water front improvement
aquatic sports will receive marked impetus through the development of
a swimming beach and yacht basin within three blocks of the heart of
the city. From this convenient point sail or motor boats will have a
10-mile straightaway run on Lake Harris; and be able to cruise Lakes
Eustis, Dora and Beauclair and Griffin. These reaches of water offer
playground for an unlimited number of boats, from the canoe to the
biggest and speediest power boats.



























































1. Sunnicrest Tennis Club Courts. 2. and 3 Scenes on the Silver Lake
Country Club golf course. 4. Cooke park baseball field, spring training
grounds for northern league teams. 5. Leesburg High School football team.



























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1. Sorting the melons according to weight. 2. Loading the trucks that
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1. A young vineyard near Leesburg. 2. Grapes are being grown in ever
increasing quantities in Lake County. 3. A young orange grove.


























































1. Cabbage is one of the profitable crops of the Leesburg section. 2. Culti-
vating potatoes. 3. Tomatoes are shipped out of Leesburg in carload lots.











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1. Ornamental nursery. 2. Packing asparagus plumosus ferns. 3. In-
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Lake Harris at the top of the picture and Lake Griffin at
the bottom. These two lakes, together with a number of
smaller lakes, form the headquarters of the Oklawaha River,
which flows into the St. Johns, forming a complete water-
way from Jacksonville to Leesburg. This waterway is under
development as a navigable stream, and when completed
will afford both passenger and freight transportation. There
are 1400 lakes in Lake County.









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1. Boat house on Lake Harris. 2. An oak on Sunnyside drive. 3. Helena
Run, one of many picturesque waterways near Leesburg. 4. The Tourists
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The city's residential section is substantially built, the bungalow type
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Here are some types of Leesburg homes. The attractiveness of many
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Leesburg has 18% miles of asphalt paved streets, shaded and skirted with
well kept lawns and oramental shrubbery.


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1. The Lake View Hotel. 2. The newly completed City Hall erected at a
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1. The Magnolia Hotel. 2. Bathing in the lakes in and around Leesburg
is very popular. 3. The Leesburg Public schools maintain a permanent
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Paved roads and beautiful drives afford the mortorist pleasant recreation.
All roads leading to Leesburg will be completely paved within a few months.


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Age old trees provide many attractive drives and afford shade and cool-
ness. Palms of all sorts and practically all trees native to Florida are
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1. Green feed is abundant throughout the entire year. 2. Part of a local
herd of Ayrshire milk cows. 3. A prize winning Ayrshire cow owned by a
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Miscellaneous Information

Churches
The church denominations represented in Leesburg are the Methodist,
Presbyterian, Christian, Baptist, Episcopal and Christian Science. All
of these have thriving organizations. The first three have new church
edifices; and the Baptist have bought ground to build. The Christian
Scientists own a lot and are planning to build. There is a Catholic
church at Fruitland Park, four miles from Leesburg.
Fraternal Organizations
Following are Leesburg's Fraternal Organizations:
Leesburg Lodge F. & A. M. No. 58.
Leesburg Chapter No. 34, R. A. M.
Solomon Council No. 12, R. & S. M.
Leesburg Commandery No. 33, K. T.
Leesburg Shrine Club.
Leesburg Chapter No. 84, 0. E. S.
Hermion Lodge No. 27 Knights of Pythias.
Leesburg Temple No. 14, Pythian Sisters.
I. 0. 0. F. No. 58.
Rebekah Lodge No. 52.
I. 0. 0. M., Leesburg Chapter No. 1074.
Grover C. Mahoney Post No. 52, American Legion.
Ladies Auxiliary of Grover C. Mahoney Post.

Water Supply
Leesburg's water supply comes from deep wells and' its purity is
one of the city's valuable assets. It is crystal clear, tasteless, healthy
and soft enough for all domestic purposes without "breaking',. Analysis
shows it to be practically as pure as water can be.
Kiwanis Club
The Leesburg Kiwanis Club has 56 members. It is an active force
for progress and good citizenship, and is closely identified with every
movement for city betterment. The Kiwanis Club meets at luncheon
each Tuesday in the year.
Rotary Club
The Leesburg Rotary Club was organized during the summer of
1926, with 15 charter members. This membership has been substantially
increased. Luncheon meetings are held Wednesday noons.
Woman's Club
The Leesburg Woman's Club has a membership of 90 and occupies
a $20,000 building which they own in the heart of the city. They carry
on such activities as fall within the province of similar organizations.
Chamber of Commerce
The Leesburg Chamber of Commerce has 410 members. Individual
memberships are $10, and business memberships $25. The total number
of memberships is 766. To this organization is entrusted the adver-
tising of Leesburg and such work of a volunteer and unofficial
character as supplements best the work of the City Commission in the
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Building and Loan Association

The Leesburg Building and Loan Association with authorized capital
of $1,000,000, of which stock nearly $600,000, has been bought, operates
under rigid state law and supervision. Its directorate of nine includes
the presidents of the Leesburg State and First National banks. Besides
being a potent factor in home-building the association stock at par
offers a thoroughly sound investment. It has always paid dividends of
8 per cent. The security rests on carefully placed first mortgages on
improved property on the basis of 60 per cent of a conservative ap-
praised value.

Dairying

With the rapid increase of the fenced areas in Florida the dairy in-
dustry is growing in proportion and profit and opportunities from dairy
stock are multiplying. Leesburg is in such an area. Dairy products are
high throughout the state. Most of the 'butter is shipped in. Milk
averages 25 cents a quart. In a region where cattle are not subject
to the rigors of cold winters and where there is green feed the year
around, canned milk is used to an extent that surprises the visitor from
the north.

Chicken Farming
Despite every advantage of soil, climate, green feed and market
Florida produces less than one-half of the eggs and poultry it consumes.
This condition has resulted in widespread inquiry as to profit possibili-
ties in chicken farming. These inquiries may be answered generally
by the statement that poultry raisers who have gone about the business
along modern lines have succeeded. One farm near Leesburg, which
has been in profitable operation many years, ships more than 20,000
dozen eggs a year at a stiff contract price. Aside from local markets,
in which good prices for eggs always prevail, the big cities and resort
hotels afford constant market for eggs. This also holds true as to
poultry for table purposes.

Jtewspapers
The Leesburg Commercial, a weekly newspaper, has been published
continuously for more than 50 years and occupies a commanding place
among the weekly journals of Florida.
As this booklet goes to press announcement is made that publication
of a daily Commercial will be begun about December 1. The daily will
be published every morning but Monday. It will have Associated Press
service and cover thoroughly the news in the Leesburg territory. Publi-
cation of the weekly Commercial in its present form will be continued.
Real Estate Board
The Real Estate Board is organized on standard national and state
lines, and the members are legally entitled to the use of the title
"Realtors." It has a membership of about 20, and meets on Friday.
Scouts
Both the Boy Scouts and the Girl Scouts are well organized in
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1. Christian Church. 2. Methodist Church 3. Presbyterian Church



automobile Routes to Leesburg


From VALDOSTA, GA., via Lake City, Gainesville and Ocala-
194. miles
From WAYCROSS, GA., via Jacksonville, St. Augustine, East
Palatka, Astor, Altoona and Eustis-237 miles.
From WAYCROSS, GA., via Jacksonville, Baldwin, Gainesville and
Ocala-236 miles.
From JACKSONVILLE, via St. Augustine, Hastings, Daytona Beach,
DeLand, Altoona and Eustis-183 miles.
From JACKSONVILLE, via Baldwin, Gainesville and Ocala-157
miles.
From MIAMI, via West Palm Beach, Melbourne, Kissimmee, Orlando,
Clermont and Howey-304 miles.
From MIAMI, via West Palm Beach, (Conners Highway), Sebring,
Haines City, Polk City, Groveland and Howey-324 miles.
From MIAMI, via West Palm Beach, Okeechobee, (Conners High-
way), Sebring, Haines City, Orlando, Mt. Dora and Eustis-345 miles.


























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From MIAMI, via West Palm Beach, Fort Pierce, Indian River City,
Orlando-398 miles.
(NOTE-Several miles of the road between Leesburg and Eustis and
Tavares will be under construction from this date, October 1, 192'8, for
a few months. Detours will be in good conditions. Much of the south
and northbound traffic uses this route. The Groveland route has one short
detour.)
From FORT MYERS, via Punta Gorda, Wauchula, Bartow and Plant
City-228 miles.
From TAMPA, via Plant City, Dade City and Center Hill-97 miles.
From ST. PETERSBURG, via Gandy Bridge and Tampa-117 miles.
From DAYTONA BEACH, via DeLand and Altoona-72 miles.
From SARASOTA, via Bradenton, Palmetto and Tampa-154 miles.
From DELAND, via Altoona-49 miles.
From ORLANDO, via Eustis-47 miles.
From CRYSTAL RIVER, via Inverness and Wildwood-48 miles.
From LAKELAND, via Groveland-71 miles.
From SANFORD, via Mt. Dora and Eustis-46 miles.
From INDIAN RIVER CITY, via Orlando-82 miles.















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1. Seaboard Air Line Station. 2. Atlantic Coast Line Station.


Railroad Routes

ATLANTIC COAST LINE-From Jacksonville, via Gainesville and
Ocala.
From Jacksonville, via Palatka and Sanford.
From St. Petersburg, via Clearwater and Tarpon Springs.
SEABOARD AIR LINE-From Jacksonville, via Waldo, Ocala
and Wildwood.
From St. Petersburg and Tampa, via Plant City, Dade City and
Wildwood.
From Miami and Palm Beach, (via Florida East Coast Railroad and
Seaboard) via Wildwood.


Motor Bus Service

Leesburg is served directly by two bus lines connecting with all
other bus lines in the state.
From Jacksonville or Tampa one may reach Leesburg on the buses
of the Florida Blue Line, changing at Wildwood for Leesburg or con-
nect with the Orange Belt Motor Line at Ocala. The latter line runs
from Ocala to Orlando via Leesburg. At Orlando the Orange Belt
Line connects with buses for Daytona Beach and all buses traversing
the East Coast.
From the buses operating through Leesburg every point in Florida
that is on a bus line can be reached.








71otels

Leesburg's three hotels are the Magnolia, the Lake View and Stepp's.
The Magnolia is operated on both the American and European plans.
The rates are as follows:

AMERICAN PLAN. Single
Room without bath, $4.25 per day. $25.00 per week.
Room with bath. $4.75 per day. $30.00 per week.

EUROPEAN PLAN. Single.
Room without bath, $2.00 and $2.50 per day. No weekly rate.
Room with bath, $2.50 and $3.00 per day. No weekly rate.
These rates are in effect the year round. Rates for more than one
person will be furnished upon request according to the number in the
room and the accommodations wanted.
The Lake View is operated on the American plan. The rates are
$3.50 and $4.00 a day per person, according to location of room, without
private bath; and $6.00 a day per person for room with bath.

Stepp's is a European plan hotel with restaurant in connection. The
room rates are, single, $2.00 a day and $3.50 and $4.00 a day for two
depending on room. There are family rooms, accommodating three or
four persons, for from $4.00 to $6.00 a day. All rooms have connecting
bath and hot and cold water.
The above rates, for all Leesburg hotels, will hold good without in-
crease during the winter season.
There are also numerous boarding houses which offer excellent
accommodations at lesser rates.


Tourist Camp

Leesburg provides for the camping tourist, a park on the shore of
Lake Harris, equipped with water supply, sanitary facilities, pavilion,
dining equipment and such other conveniences as make this mode of
seeing Florida most pleasant. The camp belongs to and is operated by
the city. A charge of 25 cents a day is made.

Tourist Mobuses

Within three blocks of the center of the city is a group of 40 one-
room and bath bungalows, furnished and unfurnished, with automobile
parking space. Besides the good-sized room they have shower bath,
toilet and lavatory. These houses were built by public-spirited citizens
without expectation of profit and the rates are very reasonable.









Statistical


Bank Deposits


LEESBURG STATE BANK


Year
1911
1916
1921
1922
1923
1924
1925
192,6


Amount
.................. $ 167,810
. ................. 241,532
t ................. 596,001
.................. 603,213
.................. 1,116,905
. . . . . . . . ... 1,078,412
. . . . . . . . ... 1,438,350
.................. 1,826,102


The following statistics of Lees-
bursg will interest prospective in-
vestors.
ASSESSED VALUATION
Year Amount
1920 ................. $1,023,408
1921 .................. 2,442,272
1922 .................. 2,516,505
1923 .................. 3,080,521
1924 .................. 3,368,875
1925 .................. 5,208,820
The assessed valuation of Lees-
burg property for the year 1926,
while not definitely determined at
the time this book was published,
will be approximately $6,000,000.

CITY TAX RATE

Year Amount
1920 ............... ... 35 m ills
1921 ............... ... 26 m ills
1922 ................... 18 m ills
1923 ................. ..19 m ills
1924 ................... 18 m ills
1925 ................... 17 m ills
The ratio of net bonded indebted-
ness to assessed valuation, on the
basis of the figures of January 1,
1927, will approximate 7%%. On
the basis of 1925 figures, this ratio
is 8%.


FIRST NATIONAL BANK


Year
1911
1916
1921
1922
1923
1924
1925
1926


Amount
.................. $ 108,280
.................. 146,145
.................. 452,627
............. ..... 458,269
.................. 1,043,989
.................. 874,791
.................. 999,702
.................. 2,156,759


TEMPERATURES
The annual mean temperature
in Leesburg, for 31 years, has been
approximately 72 degrees. The
mean temperatures, by months,
during the year 1925, omitting
fractions, were as follows:
January, 1925 ............... 64
February .................... 63
M arch ....................... 66
A pril ........................ 71
M ay ......................... 74
June ................... . . 80
July .................... . ... 81
A ugust .................. ... 82
September ................ ... 83
October ...................... 75
November .................... 65
December .................... 58
The monthly mean temperatures
during 1926, up to September 1st,
were as follows:
January ..................... 58
February .................... 60
M arch ................... ... 62
A pril ........................ 69
M ay ......................... 74
June .................... . ... 80
July ......................... 82
August ...................... 83


BUILDING PERMITS


Year


Amount


1923 ................. $158,430.00
1924 ................. 189,505.00
1925 ................. 598,400.00
1926 (to October 1st) .. 486,767.00





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