Loughman, Florida: Forgotten Citrus Center Monument #2

One of several widely-scattered, slowly crumbling monoliths proclaiming that Polk County is the Citrus Center of something.
Address:
Labor Camp Rd, Loughman, FL
Directions:
I-4 exit 58. East on Hwy 532/Osceola Polk Line Rd for a little more than four miles. Cross the railroad tracks, then immediately turn right (south) onto Old Tampa Highway/Old Kissimmee Rd. (This is just before you get to US 17/92.) The road runs for a little less than two miles; Alternate directions: 17/92 south of Kiss. turn right onto Labor Camp Rd. then turn right and will see on left (few 100 ft).
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Citurs Center?

Forgotten Citrus Center Monument #2

It's actually in Osceola County, less than 1 mile from the Polk County line. The recent vote (1-12-17) to move it to a more prominent location was turned down. It could use a lot of maintenance, graffiti removal, etc. Not a place I'd want to be in after dark, as evidenced by the signage on the trees by the monument. It was built in 1930, so it's been around for 87 years!

[Paula, 02/08/2017]

Citrus Center.

Forgotten Citrus Center Monument #2

Still there and still spelled wrong. Just driving down the Old Tampa Highway is worth the trip. If you are trying to find it using Google Earth look for Church Rd (that's Labor Camp Rd), and turn right on Old Tampa Hwy and it's there on your left.

[Gene Murrell, 01/01/2015]

Citrus Monument.

Forgotten Citrus Center Monument #2

I like how "Citrus" is misspelled on only one face of the monument. The brick road is fun too. Overall a cool thing to see, although the neighborhood makes it not exactly a destination to hang out in (not dangerous, but it's a residential trailer park and felt weird to gawk too much).

[Charlie, 12/21/2013]

Citrus Monument loitering is one of the many social challenges at Florida's trailer parks.

Citrus Center Monument.

Forgotten Citrus Center Monument #2

On the Polk and Oceola County line a street off 532 co. coming in from 532 co is Old Tampa rd., coming in from Ronald Reagan is old Kissimmee Rd. It sets on an old red brick road that was at one time covered with hardtop. The Amtrack railroad runs behind the area and 17/92 highway on the other side of neighborhood.

There is a park near there in Loughman.

[Sue, 05/03/2009]
Forgotten Citrus Center Monument #2

County Commissioners erected concrete markers at the boundaries of Polk County, Florida way back during the "boom" years of the state, around 1920, alongside the main roads leading in and out of the county.

One such famous road was the Old Dixie Highway which ran from the northern states south to Florida and on down through the state. Originally a very narrow red brick road in places there still exists a very short "lost" stretch of this famous highway in Central Florida.

Along that road is one of the Polk County Monuments or "Markers". It stands approximately 12 feet high and is inscribed: "POLK COUNTY, FLORIDA, CITURS CENTER." Yes, it is misspelled. Also along this stretch was the old winter grounds for a couple of circus troupes. Those grounds are vacant now, but the road is still red brick, still narrow, and winds through lush, dense oak trees with Spanish moss draping from their branches. It really is a lovely journey that gives the feel of being back in the grand old days of Florida tourism.

I expect the road will be closed soon as the County and State are not maintaining it these days. So get out and visit it while its there to be enjoyed.

[Ernie Harben, 04/13/2007]

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