A Guide to Historic Gainesville
Your guide to the people, places and events that made Gainesville the thriving city and educational center it is today. Gainesville, Florida, was established in the early 1850s in an area of Alachua County known for cotton farming, cattle and citrus. It soon became known for education, with many fine private schools. The arrival of the railroads made it a crossroads town that grew to be the state's fourth-largest city. The arrival in 1906 of what became the University of Florida gave Gainesville the major state-supported institution of higher education, and thereafter the city and the university were inextricably entwined. The city has grown to be a comfortable place to live, and the university is now one of the largest in the nation, with an international reputation for academics and sports.Local historian and UF Law School graduate Steve Rajtar leads you through the decades with words and pictures. An A-to-Z street guide is included to help you explore the historic homes, churches and other sites of historic Gainesville on your own.
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Page 175 - ... Florida, 1828-1868. FLA. HIST. soc. QUAR., VII (Jan.-Apr.) 179-213, 291-329. [1076 These plantations were located a short distance from Tallahassee. Deals with a phase of the social and economic history of Florida and gives a picture of plantation life in that state in the period before the civil war. Buchholz, FW History of Alachua county, Florida, narrative and biographical. St. Augustine, Fla.: The Record co., printers. 430 p. illus. (maps), plates/ports.