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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