Deleon Springs, Florida

by Mike Miller
(Naples, Florida)

Bob White Citrus Deleon Springs

Bob White Citrus Deleon Springs

Deleon Springs is a small town north of Deland on U.S.-17. It is the home of an old spa that was famous many years ago, and is now the site of Deleon Springs State park.

The large pond in the park is one of this part of Florida's favorite swimming spots.

This part of Florida was the center of the citrus industry at one time. Some bad freezes in the early 1980's and Brazilian competition put an end to most of the commercial groves.

DeLeon Springs is also home to many horse farms and horse training facilities

The photo is of the old abandoned Bob White citrus packing plant in the area. I took the shot in November 2009. I've heard rumors that most of the old plant has burned down since then.

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Jun 11, 2012
bob white
by: Anonymous

Its still there. Been through a fire or two and I believe its up for sale now.

Dec 27, 2010
by: Rick

I use to work there in the mid 70's. I no longer live in the area but when I visit I try and swing by and look to see if it still standing.

Note from Florida Backroads Travel. A reader told us last month that a fire destroyed much of what was remaining of this old plant. I haven't checked it out yet.

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