Auburndale (Images of America) by Beverly June Scott

By Beverly June Scott

Auburndale used to be carved out of the primary Florida barren region in 1884 whilst the South Florida Railroad chosen the positioning to construct a depot. Surrounded by way of transparent, sand-bottomed lakes, the location was once positioned nearly both among the sea and gulf and used to be 14 miles from Bartow, the county seat. the recent depot used to be named after Auburndale, Massachusetts, which was once the homeland of 1 of the vendors. whilst accomplished, the depot was once the one development in sight. Settlers fast learned the benefit of being as regards to the railroad, and via 1889 Auburndale had 30 houses and a inhabitants of 270. One church, seven shops, a livery strong, lodges, and a sawmill covered the sandy streets. The younger group survived fires that destroyed major highway two times, a twister that demolished their colleges, and devastating freezes that killed citrus trees.

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