162 West Plant StreetConstructed in 1926, this building housed Pounds Motor Company for 82 years. Here, Hoyle Pounds operated the largest tractor dealership in the southeast U.S. As early as 1918, Pounds encouraged citrus owners to replace mules used to plow groves with motorized tractors. The Tavares & Gulf Railroad tracks ran behind the business; tractors and other farm equipment were delivered on railroad flat cars for assembly in the second-floor machine shop. Pounds was also an inventor, frequently adapting farm equipment for better used in the citrus industry. He held several patents for his inventions; his most famous, the rubber tractor tire, replaced metal wheels, which badly damaged paved roads. Pounds was inducted in to the Florida Agriculture Hall of Fame in 1980 and the Citrus Hall of Fame in 1996. Family members continued the Plant Street business until 2008 despite three freezes in the 1980s that crippled the citrus industry.
|Placed By||Winter Garden Heritage Foundation|
|Marker Condition||No reports yet|
|Date Added||Sunday, March 15th, 2015 at 9:01pm PDT -07:00|
|UTM (WGS84 Datum)||17R E 442529 N 3159959|
|Decimal Degrees||28.56523333, -81.58760000|
|Degrees and Decimal Minutes||N 28° 33.914', W 81° 35.256'|
|Degrees, Minutes and Seconds||28° 33' 54.84" N, 81° 35' 15.36" W|
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|Which side of the road?||Marker is on the right when traveling East|
|Closest Postal Address||At or near 162 W Plant St, Winter Garden FL 34787, US|
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