SAINT CATHERINE, FLORIDA
Sumter County ,
Part A---General Information '
Saint Catherine is in Central Florida, 28 miles southwest of Leesburg, 50
miles northwest of Orlando, and 64 miles northeast of Tampa. It is near the
Withlacoochee River and Lake Panasoffkee. The elevation is about 66 feet.
U. S. Highway 301 passes through Saint Catherine. The Atlantic Coast Line
Railroad and the Seaboard Air Line Railroad and the Seaboard Air Line Rail-
road provide rail service. Bus service is provided by Greyhound Lines. Air
service is not available.
Sumter County had a population of 10,417 in 1945. Saint Catherine is an
unincorporated tonv and its population figures were not reported.
(From observations at Bushnell, Florida.)
Normal Normal Normal Normal
Temperature Rainfall Temperature Rainfall
January 58.4 2.01 July 80.2 9.84
February 61.1 1.82 August 81.0 6.60
March 66.5 2.76 September 79.0 5.80
April 70.7 3.35 October 71.7 2.79
May 75.0 2.95 November 64.5 1.51
June 80.0 10.13 December 59.6 1.88
Annual 70.9 51.44
The town was established about 1884 when two railroads reached here. The
original name was Massacre, commemorating Major Francis L. Dade and his
company of 109 men who were attacked near here by a band of Seminoles under
Chiefs Micanope and Jumper. All of the soldiers but one were killed. Dade
Memorial Park, four miles north of here also commemorates the massacre.
The name was changed to Saint Catherine about 1900.
6. Major Sources of Income:
Truck farming, cattle raising, naval stores, and timber industries provide
the main sources of income.
Part B---Recreation and Entertainment
1. Special Events:
2. Athletic Events:
3. Tourist Clubs:
4. Recreational Clubs:
SAINT CATHERINE, FLORIDA
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6. Fraternal Organizations:
7. Organized Entertainment:
8. Recreational Facilities:
Quail, squirrels, turkeys, foxes, and deer are found in
are unposted hunting grounds in the immediate vicinity.
hunting guides are not available.
this section. There
Hunting lodges and
Fresh water bass, bream, catfish, and perch are caught in the Withlacoochee
River, Bolder Lake, Silver Lake, and Colbert Sink. Fishing camps, fishing
guides, and charter fishing boats are not available.
There is a Methodist Church in Saint Catherine.
There are no hotels, tourist courts, guest homes, trailer parks, or special-
ized eating places in Saint Catherine.
Further information on Saint Catherine can be obtained from:
CHAMBER OF COMMERCE