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.
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
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
About the Author 139