Lost Attractions of Silver Springs

Lost Attractions of Silver Springs

by Tim Hollis


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For more than 50 years, there was no more iconic Florida tourist attraction than Silver Springs.

Its sheer popularity meant that the surrounding area--indeed, the entirety of Marion County--serviced the entertainment, gas, food, and lodging needs of millions of tourists annually. Visitors flocked to places like Ross Allen's Reptile Institute, Tommy Bartlett's Deer Ranch, and natural attractions like Rainbow Springs and Ocala Caverns. Sadly, as Florida tourism moved into the theme park era, scores of smaller attractions and their related businesses were abandoned. Author Tim Hollis revisits these once-thriving tourist spots and what happened when those tourists stopped coming.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781467139564
Publisher: Arcadia Publishing SC
Publication date: 07/30/2018
Series: Lost
Pages: 144
Sales rank: 1,202,403
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.31(d)

About the Author

Author Tim Hollis has written thirty books on pop culture history, a number of them concerning southeastern tourism. He has collected the best images from his personal archives, as well as those across Florida, to showcase the various attractions featured in this volume.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgements 9

Introduction 11

Chapter 1 Silver Springs' Lost World 15

Chapter 2 Ross Allen's Reptile Institute 41

Chapter 3 Tommy Bartlett's Deer Ranch 55

Chapter 4 The Prince of Peace Memorial 65

Chapter 5 The Early American Museum 73

Chapter 6 Six Gun Territory 83

Chapter 7 Meanwhile, in the Rest of the County 103

Chapter 8 And to All a Good Night 119

Bibliography 137

About the Author 139

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