Phosphate, used in munitions, led to the construction of rails and other infrastructure near the town of Inverness. The increase of traffic to the area caused people, mainly from Florida Orange, Canal and Transit Co., to seek the relocation of the county seat to Inverness from Mannfield (named temporary county seat in 1887 when the county was formed).
Floripedia: A Florida Encyclopedia. Floripedia is a collection of articles about Florida and Florida history. Most of the articles were written a long time ago. The original source is given at the end of each article. Be sure to notice the date when the article was written. Also keep in mind that the articles were written for a variety of purposes.
Special science library in Bartow, Florida, focusing on phosphate. We are the world's only library focusing on all aspects of the phosphate story. We have items in the following subject areas, and more: geology, hydrology, history, chemistry, chemical engineering, fertilizer production, Florida ecology and wildlife, radiation and public health, and reclamation of mined land.
Still today, 80% of all phosphate used in the and 25% used in the world's supply is mined from deposits found in other locations in Florida The towns have since become vibrant communities adjacent to the natural beauty of the Withlacoochee State Forest, Withlacoochee River and Withlacoochee State Trail .
Phosphate and Tarpon made Boca Grande Florida famous. This discovery transformed the south end of Gasparilla Island into a major deep water port because Boca Grande Pass is one of the deepest natural inlets in Florida. Barges loaded with phosphate came down .
In 1881, the discovery of phosphate rock in the Peace River near Ft. Meade initiated the mining of the Valley Deposit, a vast supply of phosphate, the key ingredient in agricultural fertilizers. Phosphate mining significantly disrupted the area's natural drainage patterns by eliminating original wetlands and impounding water in retention areas.
These contributions were recognized when, in 1998, Florida established the first of its Heritage Trails. The Black Heritage Trail, lists two sites in Citrus County and both are in Floral City. One is the Pleasant Hill Baptist Church established during the phosphate era and .
Phosphate mining and the growing of citrus and cotton sparked a boom that before 1900 made Fort White the second largest city in Columbia County with a population of nearly 2,000. The boom collapsed when severe freezes in the winter of destroyed the local citrus industry.
Jul 05, 2018· This was a really neat exploration I did in Citrus County where some of the old phosphate mining took place back in the 1800's. Phosphate was and still is a big industry throughout Florida and is used for many purposes. This particular mine was located near the .
Manatee County's history with phosphate dates back to the 1960s, when a then largely rural county, eager for growth, wooed Borden Chemical to become its first major port tenant. "The plant was plagued with problems from day one," says Rob Brown, senior administrator of the county environmental management department created to keep tabs on the facility.
Phosphate Mining in Florida. As seen in the photo to the right, a gypstack in Fort Meade, FL, photographed by Harvey Henkelman, Phosphogypsum a hazardous waste byproduct created when phosphate ore is processed into fertilizer is stored in MOUNTAINLIKE structures called gypstacks that can reach 200 feet or more.
According to the EPA, 32 million tons of new gypsum waste is created each year by the phosphate industry in Central Florida alone. (Central Florida is the heart of the US phosphate industry).
The History: Phosphate mining began in Florida in 1879 in Miocene sediments near Hawthorne, just east of Gainesville. Commercial exploration began in the early 1880s when companies began to mine phosphatic pebbles from the Peace River near Fort Meade, in Polk County.