Historic Markers Across Florida

Moon Lake Gardens and Dude Ranch

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Location: On Moon Lake Rd. south of Terra Ceia Ave. / Belle Haven Dr., Port Richey, FL
County: Pasco
Coordinates: N 28° 17.362    W 082° 37.059
  28.28936666    -82.61765
Style: Free Standing **
Waymark: WMH5J4


Development of this former 9,000 acre sportman's paradise was begun in 1933 by Ed Haley's Moon Lake Company. It opened in 1937, complete with bridal paths, native and exotic trees, flowers and shrubs, and plenty of game and fish. The lodge, casino and cottages were constructed of local materials. In its heyday guests included novelists Rex Beach, financier Cornelius Vanderbilt Jr., and the Florida Legislature--convened for a parley. Al Capone is said to have been a guest, using assumed names. World War II led to the untimely closing of this forerunner of Florida's self-contained resorts.

The Pasco Board of County Commissioners and The Historical Preservation Committee