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Part A---General Information
Williston is 25 miles southwest of Gainesville, 25 miles northwest of Ocala,
100 miles southwest of Jacksonville and 100 miles north of Tampa. It is 14
miles from Orange Lake and 40 miles from the Gulf of Mexico. The elevation
is about 82 feet.
U. S. Highway 41 and Florida Highway 500 pass through Williston. Seaboard
Air Line Railroad and Atlantic Coast Line Railroad provide passenger service
at Ocala and Dunnellon, 25 miles away. Bus service is provided by National
Trailways and Greyhound Lines, with about 50 or 60 busses daily. Air line
service is available in.Gainesville or Ocala, 25 miles away.
Levy County had a population of 9,902 in 1945. The population of Williston
(From observations at Ocala, Florida)
Normal Normal Normal Normal
Temperature Rainfall Temperature Rainfall
January 55.4 2.69 July 81.2 7.95
February 57.5 2.84 August 81.2 7.55
March 62.9 2.91 September 77.1 6.42
April 68.7 2.39 October 69.4 2.97
May 74.8 4.02 November 60.6. 1.72
June 79.6 7.28 December 55.6 2.71
Annual 68.7 51.42
Williston was named for a Willis family who settled here and helped develop
6. Major Sources of Income:
Excellent farming country. Dixie Lily Milling Company employs about 100 or
more. Large hog market. Several saw mills. Limerock mines.
Part B---Recreation and Entertainment
1. Special Events:
Parent Teachers Association Halloween Carnival.
2. Athletic Events:
High school football team and basketball team. Dixie Lily Milling Company
has very good baseball team, winning the semi-final title and playing in
finals in Jacksonville last year. Baseball played twice a week during
3. Tourist Clubs:
4. Recreational Clubs:
Short distances to good fishing or hunting. Churches often have suppers and
barbecues. Women's clubs have benefit card parties. Local organizations
sponsor a Youth Center once a.week.
5. Civic Organizatiors:
Lions Club and Women's Club.
6. Fraternal Organizations:
Masonic Order, Order of Eastern Star and Knights of Phythias Lodge.
Club Fiesta, night club; very nice-and good food.
8. Recreational Facilities: .
Woman's Club House, shuffleboard courts, and tennis courts.
Quail, dove, turkey, squirrels, rabbits, bobcats, foxes, and deer are found
in abundance in this section. Just outside of city limits many birds and
small animals may be hunted. It is about 15 miles to good place to hunt
deer and large game. Hunting lodges are not available here but hotel'and
tourist homes provide adequate housing accommodations. Hunting.guides may
be obtained by local inquiry.
Fresh water bream and perch are caught in Orange Lake, Johnston Lake.and
Lake Lochloosa. Saltwater trout and all kind of salt water fish are
caught in the-Gulf of Mexico, 40 miles away. Fishing camps, fishing
guides and charter fishing boats are not available here.
Methodist, Baptist, Presbyterian and Church of God denominations have ser-
vices in Williston.
:. '*'' .. :
Rawls, 30 rooms, small, clean and nice, reasonable rates, gas' heat, European
Plan.. Serves excellent breakfast for 600.
2, Tourist Courts:
Siesta Motor Court, new", very nice, heat;:"15 or more cabins. $5 night and
up. Eating place across road.
Whitener Tourist Court, about 10 cabins, reasonable rates, about 1'mile to
Tower Cafe and Cabins, about 10 cabins, eating accommodations, reasonable
3. Guest Homes:* .
Several in town. Reasonable rates.
4. Trailer Courts:
5. Specialized Eating Places:
Top of Hill Grill
Shrimp and salads
Sandwiches and chicken
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