Weeki Wachee in Hernando County, Florida — The American South (South Atlantic)
Town of Centralia
This site was once the location of one of Florida's largest lumber mills. As demand for insect and rot resistant cypress increased, the J.C. Turner Lumber Company began the logging of over 15,000 acres of Red Tidewater Cypress, cedar and pine in coastal Hernando County. The Turner Company financed the construction of the mill in 1910. It was known locally as the Tidewater Cypress Mill. Eighteen miles of narrow-gauge tram lines were laid through the swamp to connect the mill and logging areas to the Tampa Northern Railroad. Laborers used steam-powered skidders to transport cut logs onto railroad cars. The logs were then dumped in a pond near the sawmills. The large double-banded saws, powered by electricity generated from four steam boilers, could cut 100,000 board feet each day. The finished wood was stacked in a 160-acre drying yard for up to four years. The dried wood was sent to the planing mill to become roof shingles, lath, and construction lumber. The finished lumber was sold locally, or transported sixteen miles by rail to Brooksville, where it continued to the port of Tampa and was loaded onto ships headed to the company's wholesale distribution yard on the Hudson River in New York. (Continued on other side)
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Located a few miles north of Weeki Wachee,
Erected 2017 by Historic Hernando Preservation Society, Mr. William Rosst, Archaeologist and Engineer, and the Florida Department of State. (Marker Number F-939.)
Location. 28° 36.688′ N, 82° 33.124′ W. Marker is in Weeki Wachee, Florida, in Hernando County. Marker is on Commercial Way (U.S. 19) 0.1 miles north of Centralia Road (County Road 476), on the right when traveling north. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Spring Hill FL 34607, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 12 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Saint Stanislaus Chapel (approx. 6.4 miles away); Bayport in the Civil War/The Battle of Bayport (approx. 8 miles away); Bayport's Early Historic Period/Post Civil War Era (approx. 8 miles away); The Bayport Area Before Human Occupation/Bayport's First People (approx. 8 miles away); Bayport (approx. 8 miles away); St. Anthony the Abbot Church (approx. 11.1 miles away); Chinsegut Hill (approx. 11.7 miles away); Chocochatti (approx. 12 miles away).
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Credits. This page was last revised on November 29, 2017. This page originally submitted on November 22, 2017, by Tim Fillmon of Webster, Florida. This page has been viewed 37 times since then. Photos: 1, 2, 3. submitted on November 22, 2017, by Tim Fillmon of Webster, Florida. • Andrew Ruppenstein was the editor who published this page.