Cross CIty in Dixie County, Florida — The American South (South Atlantic)
Putnam Lodge, built in 1927-28 by the Putnam Lumber Company, is part of a bygone era in Florida's forestry history. Here, beside the old Dixie Highway, Putnam Lodge, part of the "company town" of Shamrock, accommodated tourists, transients and company executives and clients. The lobby and the dining room of the 36-room lodge were decorated exclusively with the still preserved, artfully stenciled "pecky cypress," a now virtually extinct lumber product. In its day, the Putnam Lumber Company, founded by William O'Brien, a timber magnate of Irish descent, and associates including E. B. Putnam, employed hundreds at its two state-of-the-art sawmills in Shamrock. The mills annually produced and shipped worldwide millions of feet of "deep swamp tidewater cypress" and "dense Florida longleaf yellow pine" lumber, products that are now rare because the old growth trees are gone. Shamrock provided its residents and employees with comfortable homes, a commissary, a store comparable to "any city department store," two schools, two hotels, the Shamrock Dairy Farm, and an ice plant producing 18 tons of ice daily. The lodge is representative of a time of local timber supremacy and economic prosperity.
Erected 2011 by Florida Division of the Society of American Foresters, Friends of Putnam Lodge and the
Location. 29° 38.438′ N, 83° 8.511′ W. Marker is in Cross CIty, Florida, in Dixie County. Marker is on U.S. 19 0.1 miles west of Northeast 223rd Avenue (County Road 351A), on the right when traveling north. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 15487 Northwest Highway 19, Cross City FL 32628, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 4 other markers are within 14 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Triumph the Church and Kingdom of God in Christ (approx. 0.8 miles away); Oldtown (approx. 9.9 miles away); Fletcher Community (approx. 11.6 miles away); The Jackson Trail (approx. 14 miles away).
More about this marker. This 2011 marker replaced identical, original 2004 marker that was apparently weathered, missing or destroyed.
Also see . . .
1. Old dining room in the Putnam Lodge in Shamrock, Florida.
The lodge was owned by the Putnam Lumber Company in Shamrock, just north of Cross City. (Submitted on October 8, 2014, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.)
2. Old Putnam Lumber Company mill in Shamrock, Florida.
Putnam Lumber & Export Company is a wholesale export distributor of quality lumber, plywood, oriented strand board (OSB) and other construction products. (Submitted on October 8, 2014, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.)
Categories. • Horticulture & Forestry • Industry & Commerce •
Credits. This page was last revised on August 1, 2017. This page originally submitted on October 8, 2014, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida. This page has been viewed 407 times since then and 15 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9. submitted on October 8, 2014, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page.