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Sumter County

Year Founded: 1911


First settled in the 1870s, Bushnell derived its name on October 28, 1885 after the establishment of the post office. The city was named after J.W. Bushnell, a young engineer with the Florida Railway and Navigation Company, who first brought the railroad to the community. In 1913, the existing county courthouse was built, making Bushnell the county seat.

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