Lanier Bridge Traditional Geocache
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An ammo can in the woods near a historical sign at the entrance to
Pasco County River Park.
The first bridge crossing the Withlacoochee River at this site was
built in the 1850s by slaves belonging to James Lanier. Replaced
several times during the following century, the bridge served
lumber, turpentine and cattle operations along with several
short-lived small towns including Ashley and Titanic. Some timbers
from one of the early bridges remain in the river about 100 yards
downstream. During the Second Seminole War, Old Tiger Tail, a
prominent War Chief had his camp in swamps near the east bank of
the river. About 1900 the Campbell family operated a cypress
shingle factory on the west side of the river north of the bridge.
During prohibition, many illicit whiskey stills operated in the
area. Two revenue agents were murdered nearby after failing to heed
the local sheriff's warning: "Don't go beyond the Lanier Bridge."
Men suspected of the murder were killed in a gunfight shortly
afterward and their bodies displayed to the public in Dade
To learn the rest of the history you will need to go find the cache
and read the other side of the historical marker.
This cache was placed by a member of the Florida Geocaching
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