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Newberry, Florida
Posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member Marine Biologist
N 29° 38.775 W 082° 36.765
17R E 343894 N 3280674
Quick Description: This historical marker for Newberry, Florida, is located in front of the Newberry City Hall.
Location: Florida, United States
Date Posted: 7/3/2011 8:13:43 AM
Waymark Code: WMBY0V
Published By: Groundspeak Charter Member paintfiction
Views: 13

Long Description:
The marker reads:

SIDE 1:

Only after about 1870 did phosphates become an important world industry. In Alachua County, phosphates were discovered late in the 1870's, but as in other regions of Florida, the major developments in phosphate mining and processing began about 1889. The western part of Alachua County contained the major local deposits of rock phosphates Mines began to spring up after 1890, and by 1893, the Savannah, Florida, and Western Railway, already active in the area, extended its tracks southward from High Springs through the phosphate producing territory.

SIDE 2:

As a result of the mining activity and the appearance of the railroad, a new settlement appeared. A post office was established on March 19, 1894, under the name of Newtown; on August 1, the name was changed to Newberry. Most probably the new name was intended to honor Newberry, South Carolina, as many people had moved to North Florida from that town in the nineteenth century. The town of Newberry was incorporated in 1895. Phosphates continued to be the area's most important industry until the events of World War I reduced the market for the mineral. The region was later noted for its watermelon production and for other agricultural crops.
Marker Number: F-210

Date: 1973

County: Alachua

Marker Type: Roadside

Sponsored or placed by: Alachua County Historical Commission In Cooperation With Department of State

Website: [Web Link]

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