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Part A---General Information
Sanford is in Central Florida, 20 miles north of Orlando, 40 miles southwest
of Daytona Beach and 80 miles northeast of Lakeland. It is on the Saint
Johns River and Lake Monroe and near Wekiva River, Lake Harney and Lake Jessup.
Seminole County has 196 named lakes. The elevation-is 10 to 20 feet.
Local bus service: Local bus service is not available within the city.
Highway: U. S. Highway 17-92 and Florida Highways 46 and 415 enter Sanford,
Rail: Atlantic Coast Line Railroad provides rail service.
Intercity bus service: Bus service is provided by Greyhound Lines.
Air: The nearest charter flight operator is Florida Airways, in Orlando.
Passenger boat lines: Passenger boat service is not available in Sanford.
1948 Estimate 1945 Census 1940 Census
Total county 28,000 24,560 22,304
Total city 14,500 12,497 10,217
S(Based on U. S. Weather Bureau records for a 20 year period.)
Normal Normal Normal Normal
Temperature Rainfall Temperature Rainfall
*:January 61.6 2.35 July 81.'9 7.63
February 63.1 2.31 August 82.1 7.10
March 66.3 2.74 September 80.2 5.99
,April 70.7 2.21 October 74.6 4,66
May 76.1 4.00 November 66.7 1.77
June 80.1 7.48 December 61.7 2.27
Annual 72.1 50.51
During the Indian Wars Fort Mellon was at the present site of Sanford. The
town was later developed by Geheral Sanford, the U..S. Minister to Belgium
during the Civil War. A monument marks the site of the fort and Fort Mellon
Park commemorates the name of Captain Mellon, who was killed in action here
against the Indians.
6. Major Sources of Income
The principal industry in the county is agriculture and the allied industries
such as crate manufacturers, fertilizer manufacturers, precooling and.pro-
cessing plants and ice manufacturers. Thnre are thousands of acres of sub-
irrigated land, The principal crop produced is celery, but practically any
vegetable can be produced. The high lands of the county produce citrus, of
which there is over fifteen thousand acres in the county. At Casselberry,
there is an immense production of ferns and azaleas. The tourist industry is
rapidly developing in importance. The city is advertising the attractions of
this part of the state and is attracting more visitors each year. An ex-
tensive entertainment program is provided for visitors. Sanford is district
headquarters for the Atlantic Coast Line Railroad.
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Daily: The Sanford Herald, circulation, 2,500.
Weekly: The Sanford Builder, circulation, 600.
8. Radio Stations
Radio Station WTRR operates on 1400 kilocycles with power of 250 watts. It
is a member of Southeastern Network.
9. Private Sohools and Colleges
Sanford Nursery School, for children up to school age whose mothers are em-
ployed, is sponsored by the Pilot Club of Sanford. Southside Primary School
has a kindergarten.
Part B---Recreation and Entertainment
1. Special Events
The dates of the following events vary: Annual Garden Club Flower Show;
Motor Boat Racing; County Fair; Glider meets; Golf Tournaments, both pro-
fessional and amateur.
2. Athletic Events
Sanford has high school football games during the season. Sixteen baseball
teams in the New York Giants farm system have spring training in Sanford.
3. Commercial Attractions
Sanford-Orlando Kennel Club has greyhound racing nightly for 90 days each
winter. Seminole Driving Club, which has automobile and motorcycle racing.
Sanlando Springs, Sheppard Springs, Palm Springs, Wekiva Springs, Green
Springs and Blue Spring all a very short distance from here. Municipal zoo.
Frenchman's Bay sightseeing boat.
4. Tourist Clubs
Tourist Club, sponsored by the chamber of commerce, holds its meetings in the
Tourist Building. The building has all club facilities. The club has
entertainment three times weekly during season and competes in shuffleboard
contests with neighboring communities. A recreational director supervises
entertainment from the first of November to the first of April.
5. Recreational Clubs
Seminole County Club (social membership $30 yearly; playing membership $30
yearly; full membership $60 yearly) has an excellent golf course, clubhouse,
restaurant and bar. Coast Guard Auxiliary is actually a yacht club with
clubhouse on the lake front.
6. Civic Organizations
Name Dav & Time of Meeting Place of Meeting
Rotary Mon. 12:15 p.m. Tourist Center
Kiwanis Wed. 12:15 p.m. Tourist Center
Junior Chamber of Commerce Thurs. 12:15 p.m. Tourist Center
Lions Fri. 12:15 p.m. Tourist Center
Woman's Club Varies Woman's Club
Pilot Club 2nd & 4th Tues. Tourist Center
Chamber of Commerce 2nd Tues. Tourist Center
Townsend Club 2nd & 4th Friday Tourist Center
7. Civic Organizations
Name Day & Time of Meeting Place of Meeting
Elks Thursday 8:00 p.m. Elk's Lodge
Shriner's 1st Friday Masonic Temple
Masons 1st & 3rd Tuesdays Masonic Temple
Masons Chapter meetings Twice each month Masonic Temple
Masons Commandery meetings Twice each month Masonic Temple
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7. Fraternal Organizations (Cont.)
Name Day & Time of Meeting Place of Meeting
Woodmen of the World 110- S. Palmatto Ave.
Eastern Star Masonic Temple
American Legion Legion Hut
American Legion Auxiliary Legion Hut
8. Organized Entertainment
SConcerts, dances, card games, and other programs are held at the Tourist Club,
The Civic Music Association sponsors concerts from December to April.
9. Recreational Facilities
Tourist Center Building; 140.acres of parks in the city limits; Sanlando
Springs, Sheppard Springs, Palm Springs, Plekiva Springs, Green Springs and
Blue Spring are available for swimming the year round. Eighteen hole golf
course, greens fee $1.50. Eight tennis courts.
Quail, duck, turkey, dove, deer and bear are found in this section. Public
hunting grounds and hunting guides are not available in Sanford. Approximate
distance to unposted hunting grounds is about 10 miles. The Hi-Hat, on
Florida Highway 46, has cooking facilities and cottages for hunters.
Fresh water bass, perch, bream, catfish and jackfish are caught in this area.
Bruce's Camp on Lake Monroe, Geneva Bridge Camp on Lake Jessup, Saint Johns
River Camp on Saint Johns River, Delahanty's Camp on Saint Johns River, and
Jim and Betty's Camp on Lake Monroe have boats but no cabins, Hiley's Fish
Camp on Lake Jessup has boats and four cabins. Bill Jamieson, 1017 South
SFrench Avenue, Sanford, is a fishing guide. His fee is $5 per day.
S 12. Churches
Congregational, Presbyterian, Episcopal, Baptist, Methodist, Catholic and
Christian Science denominations have services in Sanford.
Name of Rooms Double Single Plan
Mayfair Inn 300 $ 12 $8 American
Valdez Hotel 60 $3.50 $2.50 European
Montezuma Hotel 42 $4 $1.75 European
Florida Hotel 40 $2.50 $1.50 European
Minimum rate is given.
2. Tourist Courts
Armitage Courts, 2500 Park Avenue (U. S. Highway 17): 6 overnight cabins;
rates, $5 double, 06 for three persons. Three housekeeping units.
Marcenelle Motor Court, U. S. Highway 17; 6 overnight cabins; rates $4 double,
$5 for three. Three housekeeping units.
Colonial Tourist Court, Lake Front Boulevard; 8 units; $5 double.
3. Trailer Courts
Sanford Trailer Park, corner French and 4th Street.
4. Other Accommodations
Information on guest homes, apartments and houses can be obtained at the
Chamber of Commerce and at the Junior Chamber of Commerce Information Booth,
corner of the Lake Front Boulevard and North Park Avenue (U. S. Highway 17).
5. Specialized Eating Places
South Park Avenue
Valdez Hotel Building
2403 Sanford Avenue
U. S. 17-5 miles north
Shrimp, frog legs, steak
Further information on Sanford can be obtained from:
SEMINOIE COUNTY CHAMBER OF COMMERCE
Chamber of Commerce Building