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Today in Levy County History for Nov. 24

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Leprosarium proposed for the Cedar Keys

 By TONI COLLINS

Levy historian

North Key, the westernmost island of the collection of islands known as “the  Cedar Keys,” was reserved for government use in 1840 at the urging of General Zachary Taylor. 

 Several years later, several citizens of Madison County urged the government to establish a Commercial Depot on the key for the purpose of shipping out products coming off the Suwannee River.  Their appeals were ignored. 


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