AR 49 APOPKA, FLORIDA
Part A--General Information
Apopka is in Central Florida, 12 miles north of Orlando, and near Lake Apopka.
The elevation ranges from 100 to 150 feet.
U. S, Highway 441 and Florida Highway 436 pass through Apopka, The Seaboard
Air Line Railroad has a mixed passenger and freight train through Apopka, The
Atlantic Coast Line Railroad provides only freight service. Greyhound Lines
provides bus transportation. Also, Orlando Transit Company has six buses
daily between Orlando and Apopka, Air transportation is available from.
Orlando Municipal Airport, served by Eastern Air Lines and National Airlines,
Orange County had a population of 86,782 in 1945. The population of Apopka
was 1,252 in 1945. The Apopka Chamber of Corm-erce estimated a .population of
3,153 for the town in March, 1949.
(Based on U. S. Weather Bureau observations at Orlando.)
Normal Normal Normal Normal
Temperature Rainfall Temperature Rainfall
January 60.7 2.45 July 81.9 0.15
February 62.3 2.31 August 82,0 6.86
March 67.1 3.07 September 79.8 6,70
April 71.1 2.55 October 74.0 4,61
May 76.4 4.48 November 66.3 1.67
June 80.2 7.15 December 61.2 2.35
Annual 71.9 52.35
Apopka is an Indian word meaning "land of. the big potato". It was settled in
1856 and until 1887 was called "The Lodge", for a Masonic lodge building
erected by slaves shortly before the Civil War. The Masonic lodge building is
still used for meetings.
6, 1Iajor Sources of Income
Apopka is known as "the Fern City" and is the center of a large fern and
citrus producing area. It is the school center for the northwestern portion
of Orange County. It serves as the residential and business section for
Plymouth, four miles away, where Plymouth Citrus Grovers Association and
VacuumL Foods Corporation have large plants. Zollwood iuck farxs, a ramie mill,
and a crate mill also contribute to the economy of Apopka.
Part B--Recreation'and Entertainment
1. Special Events
$50,000 Fish Rodeo at Orange Lodge on Lake Apopka runs continuously.
2. Athletic Events
None except local high schools.
3. Tourist Clubs
4. Recreational Clubs APOPA, FLORIDA
5. Civic Organizations
American Legion and Auxiliary
Lions Club .
6. Fraternal Organizations
Knights of Pythias
United Daughters of the Confederacy
7. Recreational Facilities
A gymnasium and children's playground equipment are available at the school.
grounds. William Edwards Field has a concrete grandstand, locker rooms, ''
showers, a ball diamond and a football field, A municipal bathing beach
is maintained at Dream Lake. Boating and fishing are available on Lake
There is very little posted ground in the vicinity of Apopka. Wild turkeys,.
quail, some pheasant, bears, deer and rabbits are among the bikds'and game
found in this area. Ho hunting lodges or guides are available.
Lake Apopka is a popular spot for sports fishing. Big-mouth black bass,
perch and bream are th6 principal species of fresh water fish caught in the
Fishing camps are: Oringe Lodge, $3 to $8 per day; Johnston's Eishing Camp,
rate about $5; Sunshine MIanor, restaurant, snack shops, row boats and power
boats with guides; FiSherman's Paradise.
Baptist, Church of Christ, Church of God, Episcopal, Lutheran, Methodist,
1. Hotels .
Palms Hotel, 30 rooms, $3 $4 per day, American Plan.
2. Tourist Courts
Apopka Motor Court--16 units, $3.50 double. One-half mile to nearest eating.
Bancroft Ihotor Courts--16 units, $3.50 double. One-half mile to nearest
3. Guest Homes
4. Trailer Courts
5. Eating Places
Fern City Grill
Further information on Apopka can be obtained from:
CHAIIER OF COI.1ERCE
(Prepared larch 1949)