Project 365/211 – Waldo

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Say it with a long drawn out southern accent “Waalllldoe.”

A passing town infamously known as the number one speed trap in Florida.

Known so well, that even the American Automobile Association (AAA) has it noted in their travel guides for drivers to beware.

Established in the early 1820’s when the first permanent English speaking settlers made the area their home. In 1837, Fort Harlee was built on the Santa Fe River during the Second Seminole Indian War.

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Waldo became an important railway junction for the Florida Transit Railway in the mid 1800’s. First the railway continued through to Gainesville, completed in 1859, then the route to Tampa was built to Ocala by 1881.

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Today, Waldo has strong agricultural and rural Florida roots. With even Frog legs being served for lunch.

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The three block downtown area is filled with closed Antique stores. Β A sign of the past.

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16 thoughts on “Project 365/211 – Waldo

  1. Very cool. Had never been there while living in FL. So sad to see towns closed down, but neat for photographers to visit. I thought North Port was the big speed trap area! Maybe in that part of the state. πŸ™‚

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