Hercules Powder Company Camp #39

Hercules Powder Company Camp #39 (HM1R1S)

Location: Zephyrhills, FL 33542 Pasco County
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N 28° 15.034', W 82° 11.193'

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The Hercules Powder Company Camp No. 39 was established on this site in September 1946. It was an eighty acre tract with sixty to seventy company built pre-fabricated homes rented to employees for four dollars per room per month; some employees lived off site. Once the largest employer in Zephyrhills, with 150 people at any time, there was a commissary and a baseball team.

Farmers and ranchers within a thirty-five mile radius contracted with Hercules to remove pine stumps, which were then shipped by rail to Brunswick, Georgia. There they were processed into naval stores, mainly rosin, turpentine, and pine oil, as well as byproducts used in paper, paints, varnishes, adhesives, asphalt emulsions, gun powder, and dynamite.

Hercules Incorporated is based in Wilmington, Delaware and operated in the Zephyrhills area for nearly forty years. This county park and nearby Zephyrhills High School and Woodland Elementary School were built on the Hercules Powder Company Camp No. 39 site.
HM NumberHM1R1S
Year Placed2008
Placed ByPasco County Board of County Commissioners and Pasco County Historical Preservation Committee and Hercules Incorporated
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Date Added Monday, March 14th, 2016 at 1:03pm PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)17R E 383601 N 3125529
Decimal Degrees28.25056667, -82.18655000
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 28° 15.034', W 82° 11.193'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds28° 15' 2.04" N, 82° 11' 11.58" W
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Area Code(s)813
Which side of the road?Marker is on the right when traveling East
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 38110 Co Rd 54, Zephyrhills FL 33542, US
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