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1837- Fort Mellon established

 

1875- City of Mellonville incorporated

 

1877- City of Sanford is incorporated on September 29.

 

1880- Former President U.S. Grant attends the groundbreaking ceremony for the South Florida Railroad in Sanford.

 

1883- The city of Mellonville is annexed into Sanford.

 

1887- The east side of Sanford burns to the ground during "The Big Fire."

 

1891- The African American city of Goldsboro is incorporated.

 

1894-95- "The Great Freeze" wipes out the citrus industry in Sanford and farmers begin to grow celery.

 

1908- The Sanford Herald newspaper is established.

 

1911- Goldsboro is annexed into Sanford.

 

1913- Seminole County is created on April 25th with Sanford as the county seat.

 

1928- Mayor Forrest Lake arrested for embezzlement. City faces financial ruin.

 

1932- Zora Neale Hurston writes her first novel Jonah's Gourd Vine in Georgetown.

 

1935- Seminole Boulevard is completed.

 

1947- The New York Giants move baseball farm team operations to Sanford.

 

1960- Hurricane Donna hits Sanford.

 

1968- Sanford Naval Air Station closes.

 

1969- I-4 opens at Sanford.

 

1970- Sanford becomes southern terminus of the Auto Train.

 

1976- Sanford's downtown commerical district is placed on the National Register of Historic Places.

 

1989- Sanford's downtown residential district is placed on the National Register of Historic Places.

 

1995- Sanford's airport (former Naval Air Station) becomes Orlando-Sanford International Airport. Seminole Towne Center shopping mall opens.

 

1998- Tornado hits Sanford, kills 12.

 

2002- Sanford celebrates 125 years.

 

2004- $3.5 Million RiverWalk opens.

 

2005- Downtown Streetscape Completion