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Dixie County Courthouse, Cross City, Florida circa 1940

The Putnam Lumber Co.


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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

                     Populated Communities of Present day Dixie County
Clara (also part of Taylor County) Old Town 
Cross City (County Seat) Shamrock
Shired Island
Horseshoe Beach
Hines Yellow Jacket

Dixie is a county that throws back to former times.  It is a nice quite area of the state to live and visit.
Bird watching is enjoyed by many who enjoy seeing birds such as the Swallow-Tailed Kite which visits the Lower Suwannee Wildlife Refuge area between May and September.  Several other interesting birds are common such as the Red-Tailed Hawk, the Red Shouldered Hawk , Ospreys, the American Kestrel and American Bald Eagles who enjoy the banks of the waterways.  Forest birds include Chicadees, Flycatchers, Purple Martins, Titmice, Vireos, and over a half dozen varieties
of Woodpeckers.  As other areas are becoming aware, Sandhill Cranes also can be seen here.  

Other nature hobbiests enjoy the springs of Dixie which are not as well known White Springs in neighboring Madison County. Fishing is a popular pastime along the
Suwannee Riverand its tributaries.

Anyone having information regarding these cities, and wish to share this information, please contact either
dixiegirl54@bellsouth.net    or  flagengalsc@gmail.com 

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