Dixie County Courthouse, Cross City, Florida circa 1940
The Putnam Lumber Co.
Old Dixie Churches
|Dixie County was formed in 1921 from Lafayette County. The
County Seat is Cross City. The County fronts on the Gulf of Mexico but it
does not have the beautiful beaches of neighboring counties to attract tourists.
It is one of the state's least densely populated areas and averages only 15
people per square mile. Population in 1990 was 10,585. By 2000 it had risen to 13,827. The region is a favorite
with deer, turkey and wild pig hunters tourists. Dixie's largest private
employers are timber companies. The major road into the county is US 19 and air
service is available 60 miles to the east at Gainesville Regional Airport. The
county's history includes a battle at Old Town on US 19, where Chief Billy
Bowlegs met up with Andrew Jackson during Indian uprisings. Prior to the Civil
War, Old Town was the site of a factory where Spanish moss was turned into
clean, economical stuffing for mattresses and furniture.
Dixie County shares a great deal of its heritage with it's mother county, Lafayette. Even though a majority of the records have been transcribed from the Lafayette County originals, Lafayette County still maintains vast genealogical and historical information pertaining to Dixie County. So those of you having Dixie County ties that stem to the 19th Century, will probably have to look to Lafayette County for your missing information.
photo: Florida Memory Collection RCO4008
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