Historic Markers Across Florida


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Location: on E Silver Springs Blvd at NE Osceola Ave, Ocala, FL
County: Marion
Coordinates: N 29° 11.216    W 082° 08.083
  29.18693333    -82.13471666
Style: Free Standing **
Waymark: WM4G8E


In 1539 Spanish explorers under Hernando de Soto discovered in this vicinity a populous native country called Ocali. From this Timucuan name is derived Ocala, a designation distinctive among the oldest place-names of Florida. Marion County, named for General Francis Marion, was created in 1844. Ocala in 1846 was founded as the County seat.

Marion County Historical Commission - 1965


City: Ocala, FL