Florida: Pasco County

Pasco County (p0p. 464,697) is on the Gulf of Mexico, south of Hernando County. It’s the only Pasco County in the U.S.

The county was named for Samuel Pasco (1834-1917), U.S. senator from Florida.

Pasco, Washington, was not named for him.

Pasco County has been known since the 1940s for its nudist and clothing-optional resorts.

The county seat of Pasco County is Dade City (pop. 6,437).

Pasco County Courthouse (1909)

Dade City has an annual Kumquat Festival, celebrating the fruit – which looks like a very small orange – that is grown in the area.

Dade City has a statue of a Paul Bunyan-style Muffler Man.

Just outside Dade City, the town of Saint Leo (pop. 1,340) is the home of St. Leo University, a small, Roman Catholic, liberal arts school.

Racially integrated since 1889

The largest city in Pasco County is New Port Richey (pop. 14,907).

On the Pithlachascotee River

The actress Gloria Swanson (1899-1983) lived in New Port Richey in the 1920s.

The unincorporated community of Hudson has an ice-cream stand shaped like an ice-cream cone.

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