Jan 10, Auburndale Florida: Old Florida Citrus and Trucking Center
Auburndale Florida is a city of 14,000 people between Lakeland and Haines City on a major east-west federal highway, US-92.
It is less than 50 miles southwest of Orlando.
Like most small Florida cities, you have to get off the main highway and find the heart of the original town that was there in the old days and still exists.
If you are traveling on I-4 from Tampa or Orlando, the most scenic way to come into town is on Country Road 559.
Early 1900s Auburndale, Florida
Auburndale is only about 4 miles south of the Interstate, and you will travel through some rolling grove and lake country that gives you a taste of how things used to be back in the day when citrus was king.
Citrus Was King in Auburndale Downtown Auburndale, Florida
If you come into town on US-92, the main scenery includes warehouses, old citrus packing plants, more warehouses and the big box stores and fast food places typical of most of Florida.
It may be a quiet little town once you get off the main road, but it is also a thriving economic center.
An example of one business that defines the town is Comcar