Melbourne in Brevard County, Florida — The American South (South Atlantic)
Union Cypress Sawmill
Inscription. The Union Cypress Co. was Melbourne’s first big industry, bringing employment, growth and development to the region. Their big cypress/pine sawmill was a three-story, all-steel structure about 50 by 150 feet. Five, 150-horsepower boilers provided power. Its power plant supplied Melbourne’s first electricity. The company’s railway to Deer Park provided the first direct route across the St. Johns River for 80 miles south of Enterprise. Some 40,000 feet of lumber and 45,000 shingles could be produced daily from the cypress/pine holdings of George W. Hopkins, which had a market value over $2 million in 1911. Lumber not used locally was shipped out via the Florida East Coast Railway. The company-owned town of Hopkins had some 69 buildings within its industrial, residential and commercial areas. The big mill burned in August, 1919, and was replaced by a smaller pine mill. Construction of a new cypress mill began in late 1924, but halted after Hopkins died in January, 1925. Foshee Manufacturing Co. leased the now-idle mill and railway in March, 1928, but even with plenty of timber left, had to close in late 1932 due to a declining lumber market in the Great Depression. Less than a handful of original buildings exist today.
By Jamie Cox, January 3, 2014
1. Union Cypress Sawmill Marker
Erected 2008 by The Brevard County Historical Commission, The Brevard County
Tourist Development Council, and the Florida Department of State. (Marker Number F-618.)
By Jamie Cox, January 3, 2014
2. Union Cypress Sawmill Marker and Baptist Church
Location. 28° 3.998′ N, 80° 36.234′ W. Marker is in Melbourne, Florida, in Brevard County. Marker is on Mill Street east of Lipscomb Street, on the left when traveling east. Click for map. Marker is beside the Macedonia Baptist Church. Marker is at or near this postal address: 2729 Lipscomb St, Melbourne FL 32901, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Billy Wallace House (approx. 0.4 miles away); Crenshaw Hotel (approx. 0.7 miles away); Orange Spot Inn (approx. 0.7 miles away); Florida East Coast Railroad (approx. 0.8 miles away); Campbell Park (approx. 0.8 miles away); Myles Building (approx. 0.8 miles away); First Post Office Site (approx. 0.9 miles away); History of the 1900 Building (approx. 0.9 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Melbourne.
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Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Jamie Cox of Melbourne, Florida. This page has been viewed 425 times since then and 30 times this year. Photos: 1. submitted on , by Jamie Cox of Melbourne, Florida. 2. submitted on , by Jamie Cox of Melbourne, Florida. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.