Levy County

Levy County history

Levy County Courthouse in Bronson, Fla.

Levy County, Florida's 27th county, was formed March 10, 1845.

It was named in honor of David Levy Yulee, who is also the namesake of the town of Yulee in Nassau County.

Yulee, the founder of the Florida Railroad Company, was nicknamed "Father of Florida Railroads."

Yulee's company set out to build the first railroad in Florida connectingthe Atlantic Ocean to the Gulf of Mexico. The first train successfully arrived in Cedar Key, on the Gulf coast, from Jacksonville on March 1, 1861.

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