Ocklawaha, Florida

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Ocklawaha, Florida
unincorporated community
Ocklawha Post office.
Ocklawha Post office.
Country  United States
State  Florida
County  Marion
ZIP code 32179, 32183

Ocklawaha (also spelled Oklawaha) is an unincorporated community in Marion County, Florida, United States. The community is part of the Ocala Metropolitan Statistical Area.

Two zip codes are associated to the community: 32179, and 32183.

History[edit]

A post office was first established at Ocklawaha in 1884.[1] The community took its name from the nearby Ocklawaha River.[2]

In 1935 Ocklawaha was the scene of a shootout between federal agents and Ma Barker and her gang. The feds fired nearly 3500 bullets into the house and the fight ended in the death of all gang members present. Each year, the Ocklawaha Chamber of Commerce puts on a reenactment of the event.[3]

Geography[edit]

Ocklawaha is located at 29°02′33″N 81°55′46″W / 29.0425°N 81.9294°W / 29.0425; -81.9294Coordinates: 29°02′33″N 81°55′46″W / 29.0425°N 81.9294°W / 29.0425; -81.9294 (29.0425, -81.9294).[4] The Ocklawaha River runs northward to the west, following the boundary of the Okawa National Forest.[5]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Marion County". Jim Forte Postal History. Retrieved 30 May 2015. 
  2. ^ Pyle, Nancy (May 14, 1987). "County's history reflected in its names". Ocala Star-Banner. pp. 8A. Retrieved 30 May 2015. 
  3. ^ "Ma and Fred Barker killed during 1935 shootout with FBI in Ocklawaha". http://www.ocala.com/article/20030101/OCALACOMHISTORY/101010079. Ocala Star Banner. Retrieved 13 January 2015. 
  4. ^ "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990". United States Census Bureau. 2011-02-12. Retrieved 2011-04-23. 
  5. ^ OpenStreetMap contributors. Relation: Ocklawaha River (2193535) (Map). OpenStreetMap. Retrieved 20 May 2015. 

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