Levy County History
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Levy County History
Established on March 10, 1845 is Florida’s 26th county; its formation resulting from a portion of Alachua County. Boasting a population of 39,832 (2015) is Levy County, Florida.
The county’s namesake is David Levy Yulee (June 12, 1810-October 10, 1886). Yulee, a politician, was also a railroad entrepreneur. The establishment of the Florida railroad system is accounted to Yulee as one of his greatest achievements. He had dreamed of a cross peninsula railroad in the state. Under the Florida Internal Improvement Act of 1855, responsible for making possible the acquisition of vital land grants for Florida’s railroads, Yulee was a recipient of such grants. Not only that, he was the first southerner to receive them. He saw his dream become reality in March of 1861 when the first locomotive traveled the 155.5 mile rail line. Developmental growth, including that of prosperity, was Levy County’s expectations. However, in 1932, 46 years after Yulee’s passing, came the discontinuation of the line and left behind were little if any memories for later generations to see and share in.
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In addition to the county’s history, Levy County’s largest city is Williston. Just minutes East and North from Interstate 75 (Florida Horse Farm Auction) with its location on U.S 41 and U.S. 27, it is a city possessing a police station staffed with 13 and a fire department having 22 volunteer firefighters. The city offers an abundance of outdoor recreation including horseback riding.
Equally important is the county seat of Levy County-Bronson. Bronson’s population is 1,385. Mayor Bruce Greenlee, Vice Mayor Beatrice Roberts, and council members Katie Parks, Jason Hunt and Aaron Edmondson serve the town known as the “Heart of Levy County”. Contact may be made by means of the Town Hall location at 650 Oak Street, P.O. Box 266, Bronson, Florida 32621, by phone at 352-486-2354, fax at 352-486-6262, or email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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