City of Crystal River History
Over 100 years ago, William Turner made his home, named Cedar Grove, just north of Crystal River. The site, which was situated mid-way between Crystal River and the Withlacoochee River, is now known as Red Level.
In the early 1900's Crystal River was the site of a thriving Cedar Harvesting industry including a mill that manufactured pencil slats for the Dixon Pencil Company.
This area has always been a popular destination for fishing enthusiasts, including many celebrities. During the pre- World War II era, Dazzy Vance, a famous baseball player who was actually from this area, brought his colleagues here to enjoy the sport of fishing. One of his friends and colleagues was Babe Ruth. Present day population has increased to over 3500 residents and has continued to be a popular tourist destination and good location to settle and enjoy our community with "Small Town Charm."
City of Crystal River
123 NW HWY 19, Crystal River, FL 34428
Ph: (352) 795-4216