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A glimpse of Main Street, a piece of the Dixie Highway, which divides in the
center of Leesburg, one route running east and the other south.
Leesburg at a Glance
Leesburg, Florida, a city of 5,000,
the commercial center of trading
population in Lake and Sumter coun-
ties of 25,000, is so stragetically lo-
cated that its present rapid growth
cannot but continue until it takes its
place well toward the top, if not
at the very top, of the interior cities
of the state.
It is at the exact center of Flor-
ida's highway system, with direct
water connection with Jacksonville
and the ocean, with two railroads
and complete bus connections.
In the heart of the hill-lake re-
gion, touching 70 square miles of
superb lake waters, surrounded by
some of the highest hills in the state,
with splendid scenery, healthful and
delightful all-year climate, the
purest, clearest water, this city adds
to its solid business advantages and
natural resources those charms of
natural environment that appeal to
those seeking permanent homes in
Leesburg is in a region of 1400
lakes. It is in the heart of one of
the finest orange, grapefruit and
tangerine sections of Florida. It is
the biggest early watermelon cen-
ter in the U. S. Its truck crops,
tomatoes, cabbages, cucumbers and
others are prolific. Its markets are
well organized. Enormous deposits
of kolin of almost ideal analysis
and other resources insure extensive
And above all Leesburg is an un-
commonly livable town, devoted to
its schools, churches and civic and
social activities to a degree that in-
sures its complete desirableness as
a place of permanent residence.
The residential sections of Leesburg are, for the most part, heavily shaded
with oaks and palms and adorned with flowering shrubs.
POINT OF LOCATION
Leesburg is 50 miles from the gulf
of Mexico and 70 miles from, the
ocean in a strait line. The largest
city of Lake County, Leesburg is
155 miles south of Jacksonville by
automobile and 104 miles north of
Tampa. It is 56 miles from the gulf
of Mexico and 82 miles from the
Atlantic ocean by the shortest auto-
mobile routes. It is in the heart of
the famous Florida lake region.
SIZE OF CITY
Up to June 1st, 1924, the corpor-
ate limits of Leesburg comprised less
than two square miles. Looking to
the future, however, and to prevent
objectionable developments in the
area surrounding the city, the city
authorities obtained permission of
the legislature to extend the corpor-
ate limits to include a rectangle three
mile east and west and two and one-
half mile north and south, or seven
and one-half square miles. The new
limits became effective November 1,
New Building of the Leesburg State
Bank; cost $150,000.
An air view of Leesburg looking northeasterly. The largest body of water
shown is Lake Griffin, from which flows the Oklawaha river.
CLIMATE extreme south nor the variableness
Leesburg's climate ,t ..i.l- the of the extreme north. Leesburg is
general equability of peninsular 95.45 feet above the level of the Gulf
Florida without the montony of the of Mexico; and the nearby hills range
up to 365 feet. Its location, about
midway between the Atlantic ocean
and the Gulf of Mexico at the nar-
rowest point of the body of the
peninsula, gives it always the bene-
fit of the breezes from both ocean
Although Florida lies between
parallels 25 and 31, the statement
that "in Florida it is always cool in
-' the shade," is not a mere conceit of
y '"' . Florida propagandist. And, curious-
ly enough, one always :m1 -, a breeze
in the shade. Water set in the shade
in summer cools to the drinking
point. Refreshing day breezes and
cool nights make life in Leesburg
pleasant in summer and the long,
hot, humid spells of more northerly
Lake County's new highways are be- latitudes are entirely unknown. Heat
'ng built with concrete shoulders prostrations are unheard of
Leesburg's lakes are not toy lakes. Over either one of them an unobstruct-
ed water view of more than 10 miles may be had.
July and August, generally speak
ing, are the "rainy months,"-that
is, more rain on the average falls
in these months than in any other
two in the year. During the "rainy
season" there is a cooling shower
nearly every day, usually in the
Rainfall-1924 ...-.....58.61 inches
Rainfall ..............------ 4.88 inches
Average July .......... 14.49 inches
Least Monthly Aver-
age Rainfall Nov. .....36 inches
No. of days on which
R ain fell .................. ........... 135
Prevailing wind direction N. E.
The above figures for 1924 are
about the average for 30 years.
The annual mean temperature of
Leesburg for 33 years is 71.2. The
following table gives the mean an-
nual temperature of what are con-
sidered the most ideal winter climes
in the world:
Pan, France ............--... --..........----56
A tunneled walk through the palms
in a private Leesburg garden
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These residences are those of citizens
whose fortunes were the outgrowth
Pisa, Italy ------------ .. 59
Nice, France ......---- ....--60
Mentone, France ............---60
Rome, italy ................... 60
Ferns planted in the trunk of this
palm grow as if in the ground.
who have long been in Leesburg and
of the city's substantial resources.
Cairo Egypt .--........- ---..........70
Malaga, Spain ............ ----..............65
Algiers, Morocco --.---..--.------ .........66
Los Angeles, Cal. .......... .........62
Naples, Italy ......................... 61
Jacksonville, Florida ..........68.6
Tampa, Florida ...............-- ........72
Miami, Florida .--................75
LEESBTRG ................................ 71.
The appended government figure
of average temperatures by months
for 33 years tell the story of Lees
January ...................---------- .............58.'
February ............... ........ .........59.1
M arch ....... .... ..... ..................... 65.
A pril ............... ............................. .... 6 .1
M ay ................... ............................. 75.
June ..................................... .....79.1
July ......-- .......................81.!
August ..... ................... .......... 81.
September -- ----....................... 72.'
October ............................. .......... 72.!
December ..--...................------ 59.
The features of the city's residence architecture is its conformity to fhb
setting in each particular case and its adaptability to climatic conditions.
THE WATERS OF LEESBRUG
Consider, first, the 70 square miles
of water in its two lakes, Griffin and
Harris, the fourth and fifth largest
in Florida, that come into the corpor-
ate limits of L'eesburg, Griffin on the
north and Harris on the south. In
the limpidity of their waters, the
picturesque beauty of their islands
and the typically Florida verdure
that marks their shore lines, these ,
lakes are all that one could picture
Florida lakes to be. But unlike
many lakes, beautiful themselves.
Lakes Griffin and Harris are not
set in dreary wastes.
Nature fashioned a great irreg:
lar bowl among the high hills and
into this bowl she turned myriad
springs of crystal water, making
Lake Harris. Its waves lap at the
foot of slopes that climb to high's
of hundreds of feet, slopes that are
orange-clad and dotted with truck
farms, ferneries and substantial
homes. Its sh >res are bordered
with mnoss-festooned oaks and cy-
pre. with palms nd palmetto and
ferns and every growing thing that.
In this garden flourishes a wide
variety of subtropical plants,
The capacity of Leesburg High School, shown above, is being increased by
a large additional building in course of construction.
you can think of when you think of
Lake Griffin's level is a few feet
lower than Lake Harris although
A typical small lake such as dot the
Leesburg region in every direction.
their waters lack only five-eighths of
a mile of touching. Griffin is as
large as Harris. It is the headwaters
of the Ocklawaha river which runs
northward and then eastward into
the St. Johns river at Welaka. This
is the Ocklawaha whose weird beau-
ties have inspired poets and that
put on their mettle those who try to
But these are not all. From the
high ground in the suburbs of Lees-
burg there stretch vistas of forty
more square miles of water, in Lakes
Eustis, Dora and Yale; and as the
vision reaches for these and num-
berless smaller lakes, it passes over
a panorama of hills against which
are mosaicked orange groves by the
thousands of acres.
Good automobile roads now have
brought the Atlantic Ocean within
two and a half hours of Leesburg
and the waters of the Gulf of Mexi-
Three new churches-Upper left, Chr
low, Presbyterian. The Bap
co within an hour and a half. One
may have his home or winter quar-
ters in Leesburg on the fresh water
lakes in the hills and picnic any day
on the Atlantic or the Gulf.
In Lake County, in which is Lees-
burg, there are 1,400 lakes, big and
little, more than 1000 recognized by
the U. S. government by name, fed
by springs. Aside from the pleasure
they afford, they serve the enor-
mously valuable practical purpose of
drawing the frost from the air and
reducing the frost hazard to citrus
fruits far below that of sections
much farther south. Their waters
and shores are free from malaria,
that often lurks amidst the surface
beauties of aquatic areas.
By its situation as the Hub of
Florida, Leesburg, as does no other
city, bring you into touch with every
conceivable phase of the waters of
Such are the adjoining and the ad-
istian; upper right, Methodist; be-
tists are planning to build.
jacent waters of Leesburg. Do
they not square precisely with your
conception of what Florida ought to
be as 1o its waters ?
These fine sand-clay roads are being
replaced with paved highways.
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Thousands of acres of these young orange groves tell of the vastly increased
production of citrus fruit in the near future in this region.
WATER SUPPLY INDUSTRIES
Leesburg's water supply comes While deriving the major part of
:rom wells about 80 feet deep. The its prosperity from its soil resources,
rater is as pure as water can be. industry also makes a substantial
contribution. Located in this city is
.' the $600,000, plant of the Grass Fibre
Pulp Corporation, for the manufac-
ture of paper out of saw grass. The
Leesburg plant was designed as the
parent plant of a chain of similar
mills in this state to utilize the in-
exhaustible natural supply of saw
grass. This grass is harvested with
specially constructed machinery and
converted into several kinds of paper
products. The supply of raw mater-
S.ial is not diminished by cutting, as
S ,' the grass quickly grows again to
S. harvesting size. The plant is tem-
.' porarily closed pending the re-ad-
-' "justment of its finances but will re-
S- open in the near future.
,^ z,' ..South of Leesburg are enormous
'Inside" of a young grapefruit tree deposits of kaolin, a white clay
showing its great productivity, found in deposits of from 25 to 40
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Prolific orange grove created by budding on the natural sour orange as it
grew wild. These trees are probably more than 100 years old.
feet thick and close to the surface.
Kaolin is used principally for the
manufacture of china table ware;
but all of the output of the two large
mines operating at Leesburg are con-
sumed in the manufacture of auto-
mobile tires. The analysis of Lees-
burg kaolin shows it to meet the re-
quirements, almost precisely, of what
is rated by manufacturers as the
ideal potter's clay. Development of
the kaolin resources of this region
have scarcely been begun.
The ginning of Spanish moss for
upholstery purposes is another in-
dustry yet in its infancy.
A good quality of brick is manu-
factured a few miles from Leesburg.
The Leesburg Sand Company,
which obtains its supply from the
bottom of Lake Harris, ships its
product throughout the state. It is
superior in sharpness and other de-
There is a large mill for the man-
ufacture of crates for fruits and
The luscious papaya, commonly called
the pawpaw, as it grows in Florida.
Like most other Florida cities, Leesburg has its Woman's Club. This
building, recently erected in the heart of the city, cost $20,000.
Orange, grapefruit and tangerine
P; culture produces the biggest single
item of revenue in the Leesburg dis-
trict; and the groves not only furn-
S ;ish the biggest single item of reveni.e
but nothings adds so much to the
naturally beautiful hills surrounding
Leesburg as the orange grov,-s.
'..- '" These orange-clad hills, with the
S. beautiful lakes to which they slope,
make one of the most alluring pie-
tures imaginable. Indeed, few other
S .3 parts of the world furnish so charm-
S ing a combination of hills and lakes
and green and golden groves.
2Lake County is one of the few
natural orange counties in the state.
In the wild woods the sour or native
Such views may be had anywhere orange is to be found. The Lees-
along the miles of lake shore burg district produces a quality fruit
Masonic Temple. On the top floor is the meeting place of the Masonid
fraternity. The building also contains a modern motion picture theater.
that brings peak prices. The 1400
lakes in the county reduce the frost .
hazard to a point below that of lo-
calities much farther south. The
citrus fruit shipments are about
three-quarters oranges and one-
quarter grapefruit; and the orange
classification includes the tanger-
ine. Last season approximately
433,000 boxes of citrus were shipped
from the Leesburg district.
There are orange trees near Lees-
burg that are at least 100 years old
and still bearing prolifically. In spite
of the fact that Lake County was ay o6
one of the original citrus counties,
it is estimated that not more than
one-half of the available citron -"i
acreage in the Leesburg section is
full bearing. The citrus producing Where road meets lake at Yalaha-
season is from November to May. one of the beauty spots of Florida.
Entire trainload of watermelons in the producing section, of which Lees-
burg is the center and from which 2000 carloads are shipped annually.
The second largest money crop in
the Leesburg section is the water-
melon. This is the biggest early
This might well be a symbol of Lees-
burg, the Mecca of the melon buyer.
melon center in the United States.
Last season the crop totalled about
2000 carloads in the shipping area
of which Leesburg is the center.
Solid trainloads are shipped fre-
quently during the height of the sea-
son, to New York and other northern
markets. Shipping begins the latter
part of Many and continues about
one month. The average price per
car was about $475.00 and it cost
about $150.00 an acre to raise and
load them. The largest watermelon
patch near Leesburg last season
consisted of 1400 acres.
Cabbage, cucumbers and tomatoes
are the three leading commercial
trucking crops in the Leesburg area,
although every variety of vegetable
thrives. Naturally the greatest
acreage is devoted to those vege-
tables for which there are the best
organized markets. Leesburg grow-
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Glimpse of a 1400 acre watermelon patch. Melons are usually planted
in virgin soil, which is leased and temporarily fenced by the growers.
ers have centered to a considerable
extent upon the crops above named
on account of their ready market-
ability and steady money value.
OTHER FARM PRODUCTS
While the crops already named
dominate in the Leesburg district,
this does not mean that general
farming and other crops are neglect-
ed. Corn production is considerable.
During the last two years a big ad-
vance was made in acreage planted
to grapes; and unquestionably this
fruit will soon be ranked as a major
crop in this district. In central
Florida a grape growers' association
has been formed, large acreage
planted and there is every reason to
believe that this hill region will soon
vie with California in the commer-
cial production of the grape.
Nearly every farmer has a few
banana plants for home purposes;
and recently interests from Holland
have started a large commercial
plantation near Leesburg.
All you need is a spot of moist soil
to raise your own bananas.
Grape culture in Lake County has
profitable and the area planted to
Among the important crops is the
cultivated fern. The chief variety
raised is the Asparagus Plumosus, a
Its golden fruit bears the boughs of
this orange tree to the ground.
been demonstrated to be ( .ce(digt'
vineyards is being rapidly extended. '
fern which forms a long string-li
stem from which branch the lace
fronds that so enhance the beauty o
floral pieces and decorations. Fern,
for the market are grown under arti.
ficial semi-shade, consisting of slat
areas supported about 7 feet abovq
the ground. These ferns are shipped
in boxes to the northern flower mark
kets and are a source of substantial
income to Leesburg. It is estimated
that less than 20,000 boxes are
shipped annually. Several of these.
ferneries cover many acres. I
Every condition of soil, climate,
water, food crops and markets in
the Leesburg area is adapted to suc-
cessful poultry raising. From one
plant, near the city, more than
20,000 dozen of white leghorn eggs
are shipped annually. Poultry
raisers, who take the business ser-
iously and adhere to modern meth-
One of the largest Asparagus Plumosus ferneries is in the hills overlooking
Lake Harris; the picture shows the semi-shade slat covering.
ods, succeed; those who cling to the
old hit-or-miss methods, fail in
Florida as they fail everywhere else.
With all its natural advantages
for poultry raising, it is estimated
that Florida produces only one egg
to two that it eats.
Perhaps no agricultural industry
in Florida gives promise of greater
profit than dairying. It must be re-'
membered that in Florida, with its
vast undeveloped, unfenced areas,
the cattle business has been conduct-
ed on the basis of the great west of
30 years ago. In a climate where
cattle never need to suffer the rigors
of winter, modern dairying and the
systematic improvement of the breed
of stock, is just beginning. For all
dairy products there is constant and
strong demands at good prices.
Practically all butter consumed is
shipped into the state from the north.
Following the Federal embargo on
A bit of the subtropical drive along
the shore of Lake Harris.
The tomato is an important crop that has contributed its full share to the
prosperity of the truck grower in the Leesburg section.
the importation of bulbs from certain
European counties, bulb culture is
being started here. One grower has
planted 40 acres of white narcissus.
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Doesn't this meet your preconceived
idea of typical Florida verdure?
While yet.in its infancy, bulb culture
around Leesburg yields promise of
adding another to the list of highly
No matter what the productiveness
of the soil, farming cannot be profit-
able without adequate markets. In
this respect Leesburg is particularly
favored. For all except some of the
minor crops there are either co-oper-
ative associations or individual buy-
ers ready to handle the product.
There are four large citrus fruit
packing houses in the city and sev-
eral near by. The Florida Citrus
Exchange and other marketing or-
ganizations are represented. A large
part of the citrus fruit is bought on
the tree. In the season, Leesburg is
the Mecca of the watermelon buy-
ers from all the northern markets.
From this city as a base they oper-
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Almost as far as the eye reaches one may look out over fields of vegetables.
These happen to be cucumbers, one of Leesburg's staple crops. j
ate over a large area. The Leesburg
Truckers' Association, an organ-
ization of growers, has been in
operation since 1913; and has distri-
buted hundreds of thousands of dol-
lars to it members, principally on
cabbage, cucumbers and tomatoes.
This Association handles about 75%
of the local truck crops. Competi-
tion in buying, for all crops, is suf
ficiently keen to insure highest mar-
Leesburg is at the head of trans-
portation between that city and
Jacksonville and the ocean, through
Lake Griffin, the Oklawaha river and
the St. John's river. With the first
settlement of Leesburg it became the
commercial distributing point for
central Florida by virtue of its posi-
tion at the head of this waterway.
With the coming of the railroads and
their faster service, the Oklawaha
river was neglected and partly filled
with floating bonnets, with the re-
sult that navigation except for small
craft became impossible. Under a
The growth of oaks and palms makes
this road look like a tunnel.
Dairying is only in its infancy in the Leesburg region but because of big
demand and favorable conditions it gives promise of great development.
one year contract entered into by the
United States government August
1st, 1924, the Oklawaha was dredg-
ed and at certain points straightened
and a lock established at Moss
Bluff, 16 miles north of Leesburg.
Spanish Moss is a great factor in re-
ducing the moisture in the air.
Thus was restored to Leesburg the
natural waterway which had estab-
lished it as a commercial center in
the pioneer days. This water route,
by its low rate possibilities, places
Leesburg in a position of supreme
commercial importance in the central
part of the state.
With a keen realization of the in-
calculable importance, not only to
Lake County but to Florida at large,
of an inland waterway from Jack-
sonville to Miami, Leesburg and
other Lake County cities obtained
from the legislature in May, 1924,
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-
tion districts in Orange and Osceola
counties. The objective of this plan
Who of us, at some time, has not dreamed of running a profitable poultry
farm? Here is a glimpse of one that makes real money.
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 Kissimmee river, Lake Okeecho-
bee and the Miami canal. Between
several of these lakes there are
natural connections which need
only cleaning out; and the carry-
ing out of the project involves
neither serious financial or en-
gineering problems. 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 com-
cercial advantages or to its infinite
superiority in picturesque charm
over any interior waterway in the
world. This route will be approxi-
ineIly 500 miles in length with
Ixeciburg in a commanding position.
Another inland waterway project
of even greater commercial import-
ance finds Leesburg in a key posi-
tion. This is the proposed intra-
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LPlant of the Grass Fibre Pulp & Paper Corporation, at Leesburg, built for
the manufacture of paper out of the inexhaustible supply of saw grass.
,coastal waterway for ocean-going
craft from Jacksonville, through the
St. John's river, Oklawaha river,
Lake IGriffin, the Leesburg canal
These stills run despite the 18th
amendment-they make turpentine.
and from thence through a part of
Lake Harris into Lake Dunham
and the Withlacoochee river to Port
Inglis on the Gulf of Mexico. This
route was surveyed first in 1912
and resurveyed ten years later by
the United States Board of Army
Engineers. It was agreed upon in
both surveys as the choice of five
proposed routes from ocean to gulf;
and was so thoroughly established
as beyond question the most feasibe
and economical route for this water-
way that when Congress acts in this
matter there will be no discussion as
to the choice of routes.- The effort
to obtain this cross-state canal was
the subject of a Memorial to Con-
gress by the State Senate at its last
session. Governor Martin is a
strong advocate of the project and
the most vigorous forces are being
put in motion to obtain Congression-
One of the kaolin (potter's clay) plants, 5 miles from Leesburg. The prod-
uct of these mines all goes into the manufacture of automobile tires.
Lake Harris and Griffin, with
their 70 square miles, their connect-
ing streams, and innumerable small-
er lakes, offer unexcelled fishing.
Nowhere else can you find better
sport with the same measure of con-
vience, comfort and cost. On the
Leesburg angling program the black
bass is the headliner and is found in
surprising numbers and size. W. T.
Hedden, of Dowagiac, Michigan, a
noted manufacturer of fishing tackle
who spends several months of each
year in this region, says: "The Flor-
ida bass is fully as gamey as his
northern kin." The official record
for this region is a bass 33 inches
long, 28 inches around the body at
the dorsal fin and weighing 18%/
pounds. Every season scores of
bass are take here from 12 to 15
Unfortunately the restrictions on
fishing in Florida are meager. There
is no closed season-as there should
be. The spawning season for bass,
around Leesburg, is March and
Apr.l. About as many bass are
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New hydro-electric plant at Moss
Bluff sends "juice" to Leesburg.
It is in "runs" like these connecting Lake County lakes& that bass are found
of such size as to make northerners doubt our fish stories.
taken on artificial as on live bait.
And you can enjoy this wonderful
sport-not is dismal or remote parts
where the biggest game fish are
Just a study in reflection-a "shot"
of Lake Harris on a calm day.
usually found-but in the fairest
part of Florida, on the backbone of
the state, where the hills are covered
with orange groves and where you
find every convenience for indulging
your love of angling.
Fishing license, $2. Minimum legal
size of fish that can be taken: bass,
11 inches; speckled perch, 7 inches;
catfish, 10 inches; bream, 4 inches.
Legal number of black bass that can
be taken in one day on one rod, 10.
If you come here to fish you need
not leave your gun at home. Near
Leesburg wild turkey, quail, ducks,
geese, snipe, coot, gallinules, doves,
rail and ricebirds are to be had, as in
few other places in Florida. Within
a few miles is the home of the deer,
bear, wildcat, coon and 'possum
Less than two hours by automobile
is the "National Forest," the famous
Federal game preserve. The open
This catch of bass, made on three rods in three hours in Lake Griffin, is often
exceeded both as to size and number of fish.
season for most game and birds is.
from November 20th to February
15th. Non-resident hunters are re-
quired to pay a license of $25.00.
PROGRESS IN BUILDING
Leesburg's progress in new con-
struction of all kinds is best told by
the issuance of building permits.
From October 1st these figures are
October 1, 1923--Octo-
ber 1, 1924 .....-..........----.....--..$172,033.
October 1, 1924--Octo-
ber 1, 1925 ...................... ------------355,988.
The most expensive building con-
structed during the past year was
the Leesburg State Bank building,
the permit for which was $100,000,
but which will cost when completed
The normal difference between the
cost of buildings as fixed in build-
ing permits and the actual cost
when completed, means that new
construction work in Leesburg dur-
ing the year amounted in round num-
ber to $500,000.00. The largest part
of this work was done in the closing
Another view over Lake Harris on a
day when the waves are running.
Bugg Spring-a Florida water freak, the bottom of which in places has never
been found.. It is fed by a subterranean stream of unknown origin.
months of the year from June 1st
to October 1st; and by the latter
date the building momentum in Lees-
Catfish Spring-women tourists like
to try their hand at fishing.
burg was just starting to get into
On June 29th, 1925, Leesburg ap-
proved a bond issue of $265,000, for
the following purposes: Develop-
ment of the shore of Lake Harris,
$140,000; right-of-way for trans-
city canal, $25,000; city hall, $60,-
000; and improvement of park site,
$40,000. When completed the Lake
Harris development will be one of
the most beautiful in Florida. Sur-
rounding the bay will be the highest
class residential district with a
frontage on Lake Harris. This de-
velopment is being carried out joint-
ly by the city and owners of private
property. The cost of the city's
part of it will be considerably more
than compensated for by the sale
of lands which accrue to it. The
canal will be five-eighths of a mile
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Helena Run-this characteristic and picturesque waterway, abounding in fish,
connects Lakes Harris and Dunham just outside of Leesburg.
long, connecting lakes Harris and
Leesburg has two commercial
banks, the Leesburg State Bank and
the First National Bank. The de-
posits of the former when this book
went to press in September 1925
were $1,476,780.87 and its capital,
surplus and undivided profits were
$118,550.48; the deposits of the
First National Bank on the same
date were $1,025,539.07; and its
capital and undivided profits were
The general advance of business
in Leesburg, as indicated by bank
figures, are shown in the following
table: Capital, Sur-
plus & Undi-
Year Deposits vided Porfit
1915 $526,318.29 .......---$75,806.13
1920 1,205,253.78__-- 89,988.47
1925 2,502,319.94- ......209,180.99
Leesburg's total real estate valu-
ation for assessment purposes is
$4,000,000.00. Its bonded indebted-
ness is $627,000.00, including the
"A wonderful bird is the pelican"-
this one happens to be a pet.
This delightful vista of palms and orange trees is on Treasure Island, cover-
ing 125 acres off the east shore of Lake Griffin, just north of Leesburg.
$265,000.00 of bonds recently voted
for the development of Lake Harris,
the right-of-way for a canal from
Lake Harris to Lake Griffin, a new
city hall and municipal park. The
Just Onother touch showing some
beautiful gardening effects.
city tax rate is 18 mills.
The water, lighting and ice plant
is owned and operated by the city.
BUILDING & LOAN ASSOCIA-
The Leesburg Building & Loan
Association is a strong organiza-
tion playing an important part in the
building of the city. Its directorate
includes the presidents of two banks
and six other conservative business
men and one woman. This Associa-
tion, besides being a vital factor in
home-building offers a thoroughly
sound 8% investment to those hav-
ing surplus funds. This security
rests on carefully placed first mort-
gages on improved property, on a
basis of 65% of the appraisal value
of the land plus the insurable value
of the improvements.
For detailed information address
the Leesburg Building & Loan Asso-
Doesn't this bungalow just about meet your idea of what a Florida home
ought to be? In addition to its other charms it faces Lake Harris.
Particular care has been bestowed
by Leesburg on its public schools
system, which is administered by a
board of three elective trustees. The
The experienced angler can almost
smell bass in spots like these.
teaching staff consists of the princi-
pal, and twenty-seven teachers.
The attendance is approximately
700 in all branches. The building is
handsome and occupies large grounds
in the best residential part of the
city. The playground occupies four
acres. An additional building has
just been erected. Both grammar
and high schools are on the same lo-
cation. The next step in the building
program will be the erection df a
senior high school. At present there
are sixteen class rooms in the high
school and fifteen in the grammar
school. It has an auditorium that
seats more than 800 and study hall
for 180 pupils.
As soon as the present building
program is completed the "6-3-3"
system will be put into force-six
grades in the grammar school; three
in the" junior high school and three
in the senior high school. There will
be 200 pupils in the junior and sen-
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Pavilion for the use of tourists in the municipal camp. The charge is 25
cents a day, which is less than the cost of convenienecs provided.
ior high school; and there were 33
in the graduating class of June 1925.
The Leesburg High School is ac-
credited with the Southern Associa-
When the camera man said "go" these
boys took to water like ducks.
tion of Colleges; and is on the Flor-
ida accredited list. In order to be
on the Southern Association's ac.-
credited list at least three-quarters
of the faculty must hold college de-
grees and there must be nine months
of school. Leesburg's faculty is 100%
college material. Lake County is-
sues eighth grade certificates which
entitles pupils to entry to any high
school in the state. Holders of
eighth grade certificates are accept-
ed in the second grade of the L'ees-
burg junior high school.
Leesburg High School accepts
credits on corresponding basis from
any high school in any state, whicnl
is a member of a high school asso-
ciation of that state or region.
Leesburg, in its schools, pay ade-
quate attention to athletics; "and has
the platoon system of supervised
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Girl Scouts, in this summer lake shore camp, are instructed in handling
themselves in water, life-saving and other things of real life-long value.
One of the several slogans that
describe truthfully different phases
of Leesburg is "The Hub of Flor-
ida." The city is at the actual focus
of Florida's splendid and rapidly ex-
tending automobile highway system.
It is the exact truth to say that if
you wish to locate in the Florida
city from which you can most com-
fortably and quickly reach by auto-
mobile every other point in the state,
you will be compelled to locate in
Leesburg. Improved highways from
the north, south, east and west cen-
ter in this city. Besides the main
arteries of travel there radiate from
Leesburg fifteen superb scenic
In addition to the present high-
ways more than $5,000,000 of addi-
tional road and bridge work has been
contracted for in Lake County, cov-
ering 220 additional miles of hard
pavement and 30 miles of sand-
clay roads. With these roads com-
pleted Lake County will have the
best road system of any county in
Florida and probably in the United
A serious discussion of certain tatics
in the war of the states.
Two of the many packing houses required to handle the prdducts of the orange,
grapefruit and tangerine groves around Leesburg.
HOTELS rates avera e about $400 a da for
Two of Leesburg's three hotels
are on the American plan and one on
the European. The former are the
Mangolia and Lake View, whose
These tourists did not even change
their clothes to go fishing.
room with bath and three meals.
Room rates at Stepp's hotel average
about $2.00 a day; and a day and
night restaurant is connected with
Other hotels are to be built in
Leesburg but they may not be ready
for the winter of 1925-26.
Within ten minutes drive of Lees-
burg are two nine-hole golf courses;
the one at Fruitland Park being
known as the Leesburg Municipal
Course; and the Silver Lake Course,
owned by the Silver Lake Golf and
Country Club. Par is 37 on the
former and 36 on the latter. Most
of the playing is on the Silver Lake
Course, which has grass greens and
is in fine condition and which has
yardage of 3,360. This is a hilly,
sporty course, with two lake hazards
and several doglegs.
With good roads now, 220 more miles of these rock base, asphalt highways
with concrete shoulders are being made in Lake County.
CHURCHES Leesburg Shrine Club.
The church demoninations repre- Leesburg Chapter No. 84, 0. E. S.
sented in Leesburg are the Method- Hermion Lodge No. 27 Knights of
ist, Presbyterian, Christian, Baptist, Pythias.
Episcopal and Christian Science.
All of these have thriving organiza-
tions. The first three have just
completed new church edifices; and
the Baptist have bought ground to
build. The Christian Scientists own
a lot and are planning to build. CIA
There is Catholic church at Fruit-
land Park, four miles from Leesburg.
FRATERNAL ORGANIZATIONS .
Following are Leesburg's fraternal
Leesburg Lodge F. & A. M. No. .
Leesburg Chapter N. 34, A. A. M.
Solomon Council No. 12, R. & S.
M -. .
Leesburg Commandery No. 33, K.
Banana growing for home use is
expanding into market growing.
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Here is a view of one of the older, big-bearing orange groves that have beeAn
the backbone of Lake County's prosperity and solid growth.
Leesburg Temple No. 14, Pythian
I. 0. 0. F. No. 58.
Rebekah Lodge No. 52.
The Leesburg Woman's Club has
a membership of 90 and occupies a
$20,000, building in the heart of the
city, which they own. They carry
on such activities as fall within the
province of similar organizations.
The Leesburg Kiwanis Club has
sixty members. It is an active force
for progress and good citizenship
and is closely identified with every
movement for city betterment.
CHAMBER OF COMMERCE
In the fall of 1924 the Chamber of
Commerce revised its form of organ-
ization and conducted a campaign
during which 350 firms and indi-
viduals became members. The busi-
ness membership fee is $25.00; the
fee for individuals $10.00. In addi-
tion to income from memberships
the Chamber of Commerce receives
an allotment from the city. Unoffi-
cial activities incidental tQ the city's
progress and welfare center in this
REAL ESTATE BOARD
The Real Estate Board is organ-
ized on standard national and state
lines, and the members are legally
entitled to the use of the title "Real-
tors." It has a membership of about
FORM OF GOVERNMENT
The city operates under the "Com-
mission-Manager Plan." The Com-
mission consists of five citizens,
elected at large, and holding office
for three years. The Commission
It is on fruitage such as this that growers base their predictions that Florida
will soon step into the front rank of grape-growing states.
elects annually one of its members
Mayor; and also elects a'City Mana-
There are 8% miles of fine asphalt
streets and a similar mileage of ce-
ment sidewalks; and an equal addi-
tional mileage is planned.
The sewer system is of the most
CITY PLANNING COMMISSION
Operating under charter provision,
the City Planning Commission, con-
sisting of five members, has the duty
of initiating and recommending to
the City Commission general muni-
cipal improvements. The recommen-
dations of this Commission go far in
promoting and regulating the order-
ly and systematic growth of the city.
The Leesburg Commercial, rat-
ed as the best weekly paper in
Florida, has been in continuous ex-
existence for fifty years. It is
published in a plant which does such
a high type of job work that it is
known throughout a large region for
superiority in the printing art.
The local ball field, maintained at
professional standard, is known as
Cooke Field. The Philadelphia Na-
tional Team, trained in Leesburg in
1924; and the Reading, Penn., Club
of the International League, in 1925.
Leesburg provides for the camping
tourist, a park on the short of Lake
Harris, equipped with water supply,
sanitary facilities, pavilion, dining
equipment and such other conven-
iences as make this mode of seeing
Florida most pleasant. The camp
belongs to and is operated by the
city. A charge of 25c a day is made.
This airplane picture of Leesburg shows the business center of the city. The
view shown is looking toward the west.
Nowhere in Florida is there bet-
ter opportunity for investment in
city or country property than in and
around Leesburg. This statement is
not loosely made. Certain sections
may offer a better field to the prop-
erty buyer who is willing to sacrifice
absolutely security to exorbitant spe-
culative profits. No locality in the
state offers a larger profit coupled
with the same degree of security.
Intelligent buying of Leesburg prop-
erty is not speculation-it is profit-
able investment. The reasons for
this are many. No inland city is so
advantageously located. As the
focus of the state highway system its
future as a traffic center is assured
for all time. This means enormous
transient trade. At the head of the
navigation system between Leesburg
and the ocean, the city's position
as a distribution center for central
Florida is also assured. In the heart
of an extremely rich and rapidly de-
veloping citrus and truck area, it
must prosper as cities always pros-
per which are backed up in this way.
In the midst of the most important
group of Florida's beautiful lakes,
it will always attract the well-to-do
who seek homes in this environment.
Leesburg was not on the routes of
the first paved highways in the state,
which naturally attracted the earlier
tourists; and consequently its ad-
vantages did not become as well
known until its highways were com-
pleted. In just the same proportion
as the highways in the lake region
were behind those of the east coast,
for instance, the development of this
section was delayed; and in just that
proportion are property prices today
moderate as compared with some of
those sections that had the first
There is no artificial inflation in
present values in Leesburg and
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City Hall to be erected at the south entrance to the new municipal park. The
southern and northern facades will be identical, as shown above.
vicinity. Prices are moving rapidly
upward and must continue to do so
until they reach a point commensur-
ate with the city's solid and perman-
ent advantages. The large profits
that have been made in real estate
in the last year were made, not by
brass band methods, but because the
buying .movement started at a
point at which prices were absurdly
low for the genuine values. This
condition to a great extent still pre-
vails. It is the unanimous opinion
of conservative observers that the
real upward movement has scarcely
begun in Leesburg.
The range of prices of grove, truck
and farm lands is wide, depending on
location, quality of soil, proximity to
Leesburg, improvements and other
considerations. There are raw lands,
which can be bought for $50 an
acre; and highly improved orange
groves which cannot be bought for
less than $1000. to $2000. an acre
Between these limits it is possible for
almost everyone to find what he
wants. Detailed information along
this line will be gladly furnished by
the Chamber of Commerce or the
INCOME AND INHERITANCE
The constitutional amendment pro-
hibiting forever in Florida the im-
position of state Income or Inheri-
tance Taxes has been widely
advertised and has had much to do
with the enormous influx of home-
seekers and investors, who in addi-
tion to finding here unmatched
opportunity, find also relief from the
burden of a multiplicity of onerous
TOURIST AUTO LICENSE
By act of the last legislature, it is
unnecessary for tourists from other
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Both the Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts of Leesburg have their choice of a large
number of delightful camp sites.
states to obtain tmeporary license
tags in Florida. Tourists may oper-
ate their cars in the state with only
their home state tags for as long as
their home state recognizes Florida
licenses. In other words, there is full
reciprocity between Florida and
every sther state.
Leesburg's colored population is
somewhat smaller in proportion to
total population than the average
Florida city; and is no greater than
is necessary for the domestic and
other service required. The City
Planning Commission is working out
the problem of establishing a con-
veniently located, modern quarters,
with all city improvements, ade-
quate to meet the rapid expansion of
the city and the increased demand
for colored help. Leesburg's colored
citizens are exceptionally high-class,
orderly and industrious.
Leesburg is on the Jacksonville- St.
Petersburg line of the Atlantic Coast
Line Railroad, 160 miles south of
Jacksonville and 124 miles north of
St. Petersburg. Leesburg is also on
the route of the proposed Atlantic
Coast Line's short route from Jack-
sonville to Tampa.
The Seaboard Air Line serves
Leesburg with its line from Wild-
wood to Orlando and Lake Charm,
connection being made at Wildwood,
which is 11 miles west of L'eesburg.
At Wildwood connection is made not
only with the Seaboard's main line
trains from Jacksonville and Tampa
but with trains over its new line from
Wildwood to Palm Beach. Leesburg,
by the Seaboard, is 138 miles south
of Jacksonville, 94 miles north of
Tampa; and 208 miles from Palm
Beach. There is direct Pullman
service between Leesburg and all the
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Modern Building of the First National Bank of Leesburg.
cities named above, with the excep-
tion of Palm Beach, sleeper for
which city is obtainable at Wildwood.
HOW TO REACH LEESBURG
From Vasdosta, Ga., via Lake
City, Gainesville, Ocala to LEES-
From Waycross, Ga., via Jackson-
ville, St. Augustine, Hastings, East
Palatka, Astor, Altoona to LEES-
From Waycross, Ga., via Jackson-
ville, Baldwin, Starke, Gainesville to
From Jacksonville. via St. Augus-
tine, Hastings, Daytona, DeLand,
Altoona to LEESBURG-173 miles.
From Titusville, via Orlando,
Mount Dora, Tavares to LEES-
From Miami, via West Palm
Beach, Fort Pierce, Melbourne, Kis.
simmee, Orlando to LEESBURG-
From Miami, via West Palm
Beach, Okeechobee, Lake Annie,
Sebring, Haines City, Auburndale,
Groveland to LEESBURG 330
From Miami, via West Palm
Beach, Kissimmee, Orlando to
From Fort Myers, via Olga, Camp
Carlson, Arcadia, Wauchula, Bar-
tow, Winter Haven, Auburndale,
Groveland to LEESBURG-212
From Sarasota, via Bradenton,
Mango, Plant City Auburndale to
From St. Petersburg, via Tampa,
Cooke Field-Northern league ball teams have found Leesburg one of the
most advantageous places in which to pitch their spring training camps.
Plant City, Auburndale, Groveland
to LEESBURG-122 miles.
From St. Petersburg, via Tampa,
Plant City, Dade City, Bushnell,
Wildwood to LEESBURG 116 miles.
Every point in the state, which is
on an auto road, may be reached
from some point on the above routes.
Atlantic Coast Line-From Jack-
sonville, via Gainesville, Ocala to
From Jacksonville, via Palatka,
Sanford to LEESBURG.
From St. Petersburg, via Clear-
water, Tarpon Springs to LEES-
From Tampa, via Lakeland, Kis-
simmee, Sanford to LEESBURG.
From Miami and Palm Beach, (via
Florida East Coast Railroad and
Seaboard) via Wildwood to LEES-
Seaboard Air Line-From Jack-
scnville, via Gainesville, Ocala, Wild-
wood to LEESBURG.
From St. Petersburg and Tampa,
via Plant City, Dade City, Wildwood
BY MOTOR BUS
From Jacksonville, via Daytona,
DeLand, Sanford, Orlando to LEES-
From Miami and Palm Beach, via
Daytona, Orlando to 'LEESBURG.
St. Petersburg, via Gandy Bridge,
Tampa, Orlando to LEESBURG.
Leesburg is served by the Orange
Belt Auto Line, which runs buses
three times daily between Leesburg
and Orlando; and twice daily be-
tween Leesburg and Ocala These
buses connect at Orlando with buses
to Sanford, DeLand, Daytona; and
at Daytona for points on the east
LeeSburg's Hotels-The Magnolia (upper left); Stepp's European (upper
right); The Lake View (at bottom).
The Florida Blue Line operates de
luxe buses from Jacksonville to
Tampa, via Ocala and Wildwood,
and are planning to run through
Leesburg as soon as 6.6 miles of
road are finished on State Highway
FLORIDA IN SUMMER
If the causes for the unparalleled
real estate development in Florida
could be condensed into one sen-
tence, it would be:
"Former misconceptions of Flor-
ida have been cleared away."
Probably the most prevalent of
these earlier incorrect notions about
Florida was that if its climate in
winter corresponded to June in the
north, it must be correspondingly
hotter in the summer months. There-
fore, according to this notion, Flor-
ida was not to be thought of as a
place of even tolerable comfort in
Climatic conditions in Florida are
not to be judged by ordinary stand-
ards. Ten degrees nearer the equa-
tor than Italy, it still has an Italian
climate. Peninsular Florida a pro-
jection of 50 miles, is surrounded by
bands of ocean currents of varying
temperatures which set up constant-
ly strong air currents-air currents
that equalize the temperature both
summer and winter. There is never
a dead clam in Florida, always a
While the Gulf Stream putting
into shore at Jupiter Inlet and
striking seaward again below Miami,
gives warm winter bathing and
tempers somewhat the winter chills,
the chief effect of the Gulf
Stream on Florida's climate is to
cool it in summer by carrying north-
ward the heat from this area.
This white sand, cypress-dotted beach at Yalaha, just south of Leesburg, is
a favorite picnic and bathing spot for the people of this city.
Evaporation on the surface of the
warm tropical waters of the Carri-
bean and the Gulf takes place with
enormous rapidity and the inflow of
cold water produces a sharp cooling
Again, not only does the Gulf
Stream carry heat from Florida but
a counter cold current from the,
polar regions flows southward to
temper the summer heat of Florida.
Another reason for Florida's
pleasant summers is the fact that
the rainy season, coming in summer
instead of winter, does not consist
of steady rains but of afternoon
showers that come up in the heat of
the day with purifying thunder and
lightning and cooling and refreshing
influence. Long humid spells are
unknown in Florida. The summer
rainy season leaves 'Florida with
agreeable excess of sunshiny days
in winter. There are other metreo-
logical factors which enter Florida's
agreeable summer climate, of which
space prevents mention; but above
are the principal ones. These fac-
tors that regulate Florida's sum-
mers are becoming rapidly known
outside of the state and, whereas
the idea that Florida in summer of-
fered all the heat and drawbacks of
the tropics was generally prevalent,
the world is learning the contrary-
that for summer residence Florida
offers climatic advantages equalled
in few other places.
Those in the north who appreciate
the excellence of Florida's winter
climate but who have been only
winter and not all-year residents be-
cause of their fear of Florida"s
summers, will find it profitable to
look into the desirability of Florida
throughout the year in the matter of
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