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Posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member Markerman62
N 27° 51.395 W 081° 22.520
17R E 463047 N 3081372
Quick Description: Located at the Sumica Trail Head on FL 60
Location: Florida, United States
Date Posted: 12/24/2017 8:27:06 PM
Waymark Code: WMXC4E
Published By: Groundspeak Regular Member the federation
Views: 1

Long Description:
During the early 1900s, this area’s long leaf and slash pine forests were home to several small turpentine and timber communities. One such town was Sumica, located approximately two miles south of this location. The name “Sumica” is an acronym for the French company, the Société Universelle des Mines, Industrie, Commerce et Agriculture, which built the town’s sawmill and turpentine plant. A post office was established at Sumica on March 19, 1917, and the town later grew to include approximately 50 houses, a commissary, church, and school. The Seaboard Airline Railway completed a branch line, the Kissimmee River Railway, in December 1917, to connect Sumica with the turpentine communities of Walinwa on Lake Weohyakapka and Nalaca in Highlands County. By 1922, the sawmill at Sumica had extended 4 miles of logging rails into surrounding woodlands, and was producing 35,000 feet of lumber per day. Following depletion of the region’s timber, the town’s post office closed in June 1927 and Sumica was abandoned. Today, all that remains of Sumica are foundations that mark the location of the town’s former sawmill and residences.
Marker Number: F-763

Date: 2013

County: Polk

Marker Type: Roadside

Sponsored or placed by: The Polk County Historical Commission and the Florida Department of State

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