Apopka is also known as the “indoor foliage capital of the world” because of its multi million dollar foliage industry. In the city's 24.9 square miles much of the land outside of commercial and residential area is still used for agriculture.
The area was first inhabited by Seminole Indians who lived along the Apopka river banks. The word Apopka came from the Timucuan Indian language, and means big potato. The area was first settled by non natives in 1842. In the 1850's the settlement began to grow because of the agricultural opportunities available in the area. The area continued to grow rapidly in the 1860's and 1870's and was incorporated as a town in 1882. Apopka is currently one of the fastest growing areas in central Florida due to new construction on the 429, a major highway in the area.
As one of Florida's Federally designated "Wild and Scenic Rivers," Wekiwa Springs State Park in Apopka provides a glimpse of a more natural Florida. Originally an area populated by the Timucuan Indians, Wekiwa is home to an abundance of wildlife including alligators, great egrets, great blue herons, Florida black bears, white-tailed deer, river otters, fox and an incredible variety of subtropical birds.
Wekiwa Springs State Park, opened to the public in 1970 comprises approximately 7,000 acres, with the main focal point being the spring itself. The refreshing waters of the springs range in depth from just inches to around five feet. The source of the spring flows from a small 20 foot deep cavern which extends into a deep cave. Though once an adventurous place for Scuba divers, diving is now prohibited at Wekiwa Springs.
Approximately 42 million gallons of water are pumped into the main spring each day.
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