Post 53's Original Post Home Located on Lake Monroe


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Post 53's Original Post Home Located on Lake Monroe

Alternative Title

American Legion Hall Cannon


Sanford (Fla.)
American Legion


The American Legion Hall Cannon, located at the 300 Seminole Boulevard in Sanford, Florida around 1939. The log cabin was originally used as the American Legion Campbell-Lossing Post 53, which received the property from the City of Sanford during the Armistice Day celebrations on November 11, 1924. Mayor Forrest Lake dedicated the structure to the "future generations who would be better off because of the work of the American Legion." The cabin was constructed through private donations from local citizens and businesses, such as the Hill Lumber Company. A cannon from World War I was placed in front of the building on January 17, 1936, but the cannon was dismantled for scrap metal during World War II. The Sanford Veterans of Foreign Wars of the United States acquired the building in 1973 and the American Legion moved to 3506 South Orlando Drive and later to 2874 South Sanford Avenue. Due to deterioration and poor conditions, inspector Gary Winn recommended demolition, which City Manager Bill Simmons approved.

The American Legion is a social veterans' organization for former and current members of the United States Armed Forces. The organization was chartered by the United States Congress on September 16, 1919, following World War I. The American Legion has been active in influencing political and social change, such as the founding of the U.S. Veterans Bureau, which was the forerunner of the Veterans Administration and later the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA); efforts to pass a constitutional amendment prohibiting the physical desecration of the American flag; the creation of the American Legion Baseball program; the passing of the Servicemen's Readjustment Act, commonly known as the GI Bill of Rights; contributing to the launch of the National Association for Mental Health; sponsorship of an independent study on the effects of the exposure of Agent Orange, a herbicidal weapon, on veterans of the Vietnam War; as well as many other activities and achievements.


Sodeblom, R. E.


Photocopy of original 6.5 x 3.75 inch black and white photograph by R. E. Sodeblom: Private Collection of Luticia "Tish" Lee.

Date Created

ca. 1939


Lee, Luticia "Tish"

Is Format Of

Digital reproduction of photocopied 6.5 x 3.75 inch black and white photograph by R. E. Sodeblom.

Is Part Of

Creative Sanford, Inc., Sanford Welcome Center, Sanford Florida.
Celery Soup: Florida’s Folk Life Play Collection, Sanford Collection, Seminole County Collection, RICHES of Central Florida.




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6.5 x 3.75 inch black and white photograph




Still Image


American Legion Campbell-Lossing Post 53, Sanford, Florida

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History Teacher
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Originally created by R. E. Sodeblom.

Rights Holder

Copyright to this resource is held by R. E. Sodeblom and is provided here by RICHES of Central Florida for educational purposes only.

Contributing Project

Dr. Scot French's "Tools in Digital History Seminar," Fall 2013


Snow, Paul
Orleman, Andrew

Digital Collection

Source Repository

Private Collection of Luticia "Tish" Gormley Lee

External Reference

"American Legion Campbell-Lossing Post 53." American Legion Campbell-Lossing Post 53.
"History." The American Legion.
American Legion. The American Legion. Indianapolis, Ind: American Legion, 1981.

Still Image Item Type Metadata

Original Format

1 black and white photograph

Physical Dimensions

6.5 x 3.75 inches


Sodeblom, R. E., “Post 53's Original Post Home Located on Lake Monroe,” RICHES, accessed May 21, 2024,