Monthly Archives: July 2015

Ocklawaha: Site of the 1935 Ma Barker Gang—FBI Shootout



The quiet community of Ocklawaha wraps around the north shore of Lake Weir, about twenty miles southeast of Ocala. In the summertime Lake Weir is a popular water-skiing and fishing spot. Lake cabins and docks line the shore, alongside Gator Joe’s Beach Bar and Grill—in an old 1926 stilt building. It’s a good joint for Florida cracker cuisine—frog’s legs, fish sandwiches, and gator tail. Water-skiing, fishing, and eating some good grub is about as exciting as things get around here. But eighty years ago, less than a quarter-mile down the beach from Gator Joe’s, the reign of one of history’s most infamous gangs ended in a bloody gun battle with the FBI. READ ALL ABOUT IT HERE


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