August appears to be Michigan month here at the blog. Tom has a great series going on from his travels to the state while on vacation. I was in the Kalamazoo area for work earlier this month. I was fortunate to meet up with Brian Rawson-Ketchum and Sam Scholtens for dinner and a little bit of roadgeeking. It was along M-40 just south of Lawton. On a road that borders Cedar Lake. I came across this set of signs.
Vineland is a small ghost town located in southwest Orange County, Florida near the junction of Florida State Road 535 and Interstate 4. Vineland is somewhat unique due to it largely being squeezed out of existence by Lake Buena Vista which is the company town where Disney World is located. Vineland was founded in the late 1800s as Englewood. The town name of Englewood changed to Orange Center in 1911 before finally assuming the name Vineland in 1924. Much like the rest of Orange County the community of Vineland was centered around Citrus Grove. In the case of Vineland said orange groves were centered around Ruby Lake. The end of Vineland came as the Disney Corporation began purchasing parcels of citrus grove land to build Lake Buena Vista. Vineland fell into a sharp decline in the 1960s but the community managed to continue to exist to modern times. Much of the street grid of Vineland still exists east of FL 535 but most of the original structures are either gone or falle