Newberry in Alachua County, Florida — The American South (South Atlantic)
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.
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.
Erected 1973 by Alachua County Historical Commission In Cooperation
Location. 29° 38.779′ N, 82° 36.716′ W. Marker is in Newberry, Florida, in Alachua County. Marker is at the intersection of West Newberry Road (Florida Route 26) and Northwest 254th Street, on the right when traveling west on West Newberry Road. Click for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 25440 W Newberry Rd, Newberry FL 32669, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 11 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Newberry Community Veterans Memorial (here, next to this marker); City of Newberry Historic District (within shouting distance of this marker); William Bartram Trail (approx. 1.3 miles away); David Levy Yulee and Cotton Wood Plantation (approx. 9.6 miles away); Archer (approx. 9.6 miles away); Archer Veterans (approx. 9.9 miles away); Thomas Gilbert Pearson (approx. 9.9 miles away); Fort Clarke (approx. 10.4 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Newberry.
Also see . . . City of Newberry History. ... Henry Plant extended his Savannah, Florida and Western Railroad Line from High Springs to Archer in 1893, and Newberry was established the following year as a railroad stop and trading center.... (Submitted on April 18, 2013, by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina.)
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