Historic Markers Across Florida



Fort King Road



Marker ID: FLHM 
Location: along S.R. 50.
County: Hernando
Coordinates:   
Waymark: None
 



Text:

Shortly after Florida became a U.S. Territory, Fort Brooke was constructed at the mouth of the Hillsborough River and Fort King was established near the present site of Ocala. In 1825, work was begun by the federal government on an overland route connecting those fortifications. This "Military Road" was improved and soon was known as the "Fort King Road." It was an important transportation and communication link during the Second Seminole War (1835-42), a conflict over the removal of Indians from Florida. This route remained a vital mail and wagon road during the 19th century development of central Florida. Presently, U.S. Highway 301 crosses the course of one of the oldest major roads in Florida, the Fort King Road.

Sponsors: sponsored by Hernando County Historical Commission in cooperation with Department of State


Notes:

City: Ridge Manor, FL
More Information:
Wikipedia - Seminole Wars
Florida Center for Instructional Technology - Seminole Wars