Historic Markers Across Florida

Historic Fort King Trail

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Location: 8th avenue & 18th St., YborCity, Tampa, FL
County: Hillsborough
Coordinates: N 27° 57.664    W 082° 26.372
  27.96106666    -82.43953333
Style: Free Standing **
Waymark: WM6ZW8


The Old Military Road connecting Ft. Brooke (Tampa) and Ft. King (Ocala) ran through this vicinity. On Dec. 23, 1835, Maj. Francis L. Dade set out over the Trail with a detachment of 109 soldiers to reinforce the small garrison at Ft. King.

On the morning of Dec. 28,1835, Chief Alligator, leading the Seminoles and Maroons, ambushed the Dade Expedition near Bushnell. Only three survived the Dade Massacre, planned by fiery Osceola, marked the beginning of the Second Seminole War.

Erected by Castellano & Pizzo Food Importers 1961


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