Long before Orlando, Florida became a theme park destination, the Orlando area grew a lot of oranges. To the south, past the theme parks, they still do.
We can thank a number of individuals for introducing and developing the citrus industry in Florida, including a man by the name of Phillip Phillips. (No, not the same Phillip Phillips who won American Idol).
Dr. Phillip Phillips, who died in 1959, was a medical doctor, a philanthropist, and a businessman, and, most of all, a man who became rich off of citrus. Phillips first came to Florida in 1894. His first venture failed when a freeze wiped out his crops. But, he didn't give up.
He owned thousands of acres of orange groves. He developed several innovative ways of processing and packing orange juice, including developing the "flash pasteurization" process that took the metallic taste out of canned orange juice.
I remember a brand of canned orange juice called "Donald Duck"....oops, I just made a Disney reference again.
|Orange Juice processing plant|
Today, Dr. Phillips has a number of buildings in Orlando (an art center, a high school, and more) named after him. It turns out I was staying in a suburb of Orlando, population of around 11,000 . Dr. Phillips had purchased this land in 1905 and turned into orange groves. My pictures were really being taken in Dr. Phillips.
Considering that we got snow squalls yesterday where I live in upstate New York (and many people got much worse), you'll forgive me for Pining away for Florida.