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Near Lake Wales in Polk County, Florida — The American South (South Atlantic)
 

Sumica

 
 
Sumica Marker image. Click for full size.
By Tim Fillmon, December 23, 2017
1. Sumica Marker
Inscription. 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.
 
Erected 2013 by The Polk County Historical Commission and the Florida Department of State. (Marker Number F-763.)
 
Location.
Sumica Marker and surrounding area of parking lot. image. Click for full size.
By Tim Fillmon, December 23, 2017
2. Sumica Marker and surrounding area of parking lot.
27° 51.395′ N, 81° 22.52′ W. Marker is near Lake Wales, Florida, in Polk County. Marker can be reached from Hesperides Road (State Road 60) 1.1 miles east of Tiger Lake Road, on the right when traveling east. Touch for map. Marker is located in the parking area of the Sumica Trailhead. Marker is at or near this postal address: 12993 FL-60, Lake Wales FL 33898, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 4 other markers are within 13 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Fort Gardiner (approx. 6.8 miles away); Indian Burial Mound (approx. 12.1 miles away); Old Indian Trails (approx. 12.3 miles away); Site of Fort Clinch (approx. 12.8 miles away).
 
Also see . . .
1. Sumica Ghost Town. (Submitted on January 1, 2018, by Tim Fillmon of Webster, Florida.)
2. Sumica. Polk County Environmental Lands Program (Submitted on January 2, 2018.) 
 
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Credits. This page was last revised on January 2, 2018. This page originally submitted on January 1, 2018, by Tim Fillmon of Webster, Florida. This page has been viewed 21 times since then. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on January 1, 2018, by Tim Fillmon of Webster, Florida. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page.
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