Ocklawaha, Florida

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Ocklawaha, Florida
unincorporated community
Ocklawaha Post Office
Ocklawaha 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.


A post office was established at Ocklawaha in 1884.[1] The post office closed in 1992.[2] The community took its name from the nearby Ocklawaha River.[3]

In 1935, Ocklawaha was the scene of a shootout between federal agents and Ma Barker and her gang. The agents fired nearly 3500 bullets into the house as 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.[4]


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).[5] The Ocklawaha River runs northward to the west, following the boundary of the Ocala National Forest.[6]


  1. ^ "Marion County". Jim Forte Postal History. Retrieved 30 May 2015. 
  2. ^ Frisaro, Freida Ratliff (Feb 21, 1988). "Indian heritage runs deep throughout Central Florida". Ocala Star-Banner. p. 63. Retrieved 6 June 2015. 
  3. ^ Pyle, Nancy (May 14, 1987). "County's history reflected in its names". Ocala Star-Banner. pp. 8A. Retrieved 30 May 2015. 
  4. ^ "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.  External link in |website= (help)
  5. ^ "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990". United States Census Bureau. 2011-02-12. Retrieved 2011-04-23. 
  6. ^ OpenStreetMap contributors. Relation: Ocklawaha River (2193535) (Map). OpenStreetMap. Retrieved 20 May 2015. 

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