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Bushnell City

Bushnell City Hall is located at 117 East Joe P. Strickland, Jr. Avenue, Bushnell, FL 33513; phone: 352-793-2591.

Thomas R. Pierce House, ca. 1895, 202 West Noble Avenue, Bushnell, FL, National Register

Photo: Thomas R. Pierce House, ca. 1895, 202 West Noble Avenue, Bushnell, FL. Listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1996. Photographed by User:Ebyabe (own work), 2008, [cc-by-3.0 (creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0)], via Wikimedia Commons, accessed December, 2013.

The name Bushnell came into being with the establishment of a post office in 1885. The city was incorporated in 1911 and named for John W. Bushnell who surveyed the railroad right-of-way through this part of the county. The railroad resulted in making Bushnell a shipping point for winter vegetables, citrus fruits, dairy and poultry products. Sumterville was the original county seat of Sumter County. When the courthouse burned down in 1909, the town decided not to rebuild it. An election to pick a new county seat pitted Wildwood against Bushnell, resulting in Bushnell being chosen by a mere 9 votes.

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