According to the United States Department of the Interior
National Park Service, National Register of Historic Places,
Dunnellon “Boomtown” Historic District is a small,
primarily residential neighborhoods whose period of
significance coincides with Dunnellon’s prominence as a hard
rock phosphate mining boomtown and regional trade center,
Before the discovery of the area’s phosphate resources
in 1888, Dunnellon’s development was focused on the newly
completed Silver Springs, Ocala, and Gulf Railroad which ran
east of the present district.
Following the phosphate discovery, “boomtown” fever was
high, and in the rush to riches, little thought was directed
toward housing as most businesses were booming during this time.