The Florida East Coast Canal and adequate highways, assisted expansion. The fame of Volusia County spread. Its beaches provided a natural speedway for more than twenty-three miles. Upon these many [world] records have been made. Its climate, the cultural advantages of its communities, brought a steady influx of winter visitors. Many who came as tourists settled permanently.
It was found that the early potato crop was a good investment. Through the work of an humble Chinese youth, Lou Gim Gong, a new impetus was given the citrus industry. The philanthropy of a northern family enabled Gong to settle at DeLand, where he began his study and experimentation of horticulture. His outstanding development of citrus culture earned [him]cognomen of “The Chinese Burbank.”
With lavish expenditure of “boom” money, beginning in 1924, and the unpopularity of the prohibition law, Mosquito Inlet assumed new life. The fabulous prices offered for imported liquors encouraged hardy individuals who wished to share in prosperity, to risk the danger of a modern Federal blockade.
Because of McCoy’s delivery of high class goods only, the “Real McCoy” originated here. His now abandoned boat-yard may still be seen at Holly Hill, near Ormond.
In spite of continued adversity for ten years, the collapse of the “boom,” and the depression, Volusia County has shown improvement of a healthy nature.
Figures by the United States and Florida Agricultural Departments show that Volusia County has 2,983 farms, covering 76,796 acres, valued at $14,226,424.00; with annual crop values of about [$2,250.00], with an average annual shipment of approximately 1,500,000 boxes of citrus fruits; with fourteen incorporated municipalities, and public school property valued at $4,000,000.
The County contains 718,720 acres, with a population of 50,500 (1935 Census), and is served by 229 miles of railway; 250 miles of fine automobile highways, and 125 miles of graded roads.