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Levy County

Year Founded: 1956


Captain John Inglis, whose family came from Glasgow, Scotland, skippered a ship from Spain to the mouth of the Withlacoochee River during the 1800s and traded with the few inhabitants of this area. A community known as Port Inglis sprang up at the river’s mouth, then the intersection of the “highways” of the Withlacoochee and the Gulf. Some time later, a new community, named simply Inglis, grew up around a chemical plant eight miles upriver from the port. Its original name was “Blind Horse.” Later, as roads developed and the inland population grew, ship trading declined and with it “Port Inglis.” But, Inglis continued to grow.

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