Centralia Historic Marker Project
The Historic Hernando Preservation Society is undertaking a project to place a historic marker at the site of the historic Logging and Sawmill town of Centralia. Your support is appreciated!
See details on this project and more at: http://
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Presentation of a research paper by James Marshall that makes a compelling argument for the identification of yet another survivor of Dade's command.
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MOUNTAIN, Frasier W., age 93, died Tuesday October 4, 2016 at HPH Hospice Care Center. He was born in Dunnellon, FL and was a lifelong Brooksville resident. He was co-owner of Frasier Mountain Appliances and a U.S. Air Force veteran of WWII. He is survived by daughter: Diane Dannemiller of Brooksville, FL; 1 granddaughter: Ashley Dannemiller. A gathering for friends will be from 5-7:00pm, Thursday, October 13, 2016 at the Saxon Manor, 103 South Saxon Avenue, Brooksville, Florida 34601.
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The Historic Hernando Preservation Soceity is pleased to welcome Bill Dayton as the November meeting guest speaker. Bill is a native of Dade City and member of a family that has practiced law in the community since the 1890's. Bill has always had a fascination with history and archaeology. He is active with the Seminole Wars Foundation in Dade City. Come hear him tell some tales of "Old Pasco County".
Thursday, November 3
Brooksville City Hall, 201 Howell Avenue
OCTOBER 8 EVENTS MOVED TO OCTOBER 15 DUE to HURRICANE MATTHEW
by: Mary J. Moses
Historic Hernando Preservation Society ventured to Tarpon Springs Saturday, September 24th. The group was there to take in the museums, shops and fabulous food Tarpon Springs had to offer. The trip, in itself, was a nod to the fifty Greek sponge divers who left Tarpon Springs in 1910 for a new life in Centralia.
Centralia beckoned people from the silver and gold booms to a new resource, red Tidewater cypress. The seemingly inexhaustible supply drew workers from Scotland, Ireland, Germany, Italy, France, Finland, Canada, and yes, Tarpon Springs. Centralia, born in 1910, was named after a lumbering and agricultural town by the same name in Wisconsin. It’s many workers, 1,500 in number, required services which Centralia gladly provided. Centralia boasted a one room school house where about two dozen pupils attended, it doubled as a church for Protestants and Catholics. There was a boarding house, the Centralia Hotel and a restaurant called the Hungry None, which served meals day and night. A drug store and a movie house called the Flicker Palace flanked its streets. Centralia was best known for George Gambles Commissary. The huge store supplied dry goods and hardware needs to the town, it stayed open from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m. daily. It carried more stock than any retail store in Tampa or Jacksonville.
Edgar Roberts who owned the Central Cypress Lumber Company, had the most efficiently run saw mill in the area. Double band saws cut rough timber into finished boards. Power for winching and sawing was provided by large steam boilers. Logs were hauled in by train, dumped into a pond, and floated to the mill. Yet, due to the lack of land management, the lumber source ran out in six short years. In 1917 Centralia had 160 acres of land stacked with lumber piles 15 feet high. The mill could turn out 100,000 board feet a day, and on many days it did, but no more.
Centralia’s final whistle blew on the last day of operation when Robert’s daughter “Queen” pulled it for the last time in 1917. The sound meant to call loggers to work now signaled Centralia’s end. Centralia officially closed on December 11, 1922 with the closing of the Post Office. Today, all that remains of this once vibrant logging town are the float pond and the ramp up which the great logs were winched, the concrete slab where the water tower stood, and the brick foundations of the sawmill and depot.
Historic Hernando Preservation Society is currently working on a project to place the nearly forgotten history of Centralia on a Historic Marker. Centralia was located 4-1/2 miles north of Weeki Wachee Springs and east of US 19 Highway, just north of Tooke Lake. The Historic Marker project should be completed in 2017. Donations for the marker can be made on the Centralia Marker Page. You can learn more about Historic Hernando Preservation Society by visiting their web page at historichernandopreservationsociety.org.
EVENT HAS BEEN CANCELLED FOR OCTOBER 6 DUE TO HURRICANE MATTHEW AND WILL BE RESCHEDULED
The Historic Hernando Preservation Society is pleased to welcome local historic preservation consultant, Jo-Anne Peck as the guest speaker at the October 6, 2016 monthly meeting.
Ms. Peck is the Chair of the Design Committee for the recently designated Brooksville Main Street program. She will talk about the Committee's plans for helping the revitalization of the historic downtown area, including goals, financial incentives, design guidelines, and how residents can get involved.
Thursday, October 6, 2016
Brooksville City Hall
201 Howell Avenue, Brooksville