Group Title: Inventory of industrial advantages
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Title: Inventory of industrial advantages
Physical Description: 6 v. : ; 39 cm.
Language: English
Creator: Florida State Advertising Commission
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Place of Publication: Tallahassee Fla
Publication Date: 1948-1949?]
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Dixie County

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Table of Contents


Part A---Natural Resources

Local Raw Materials

Part B---General Economy

Retail Market
Manufacturing Industries
New Industries
General Remarks on Economy

Part C---Government


Part D---Community Facilities


Available Data
Transportation Facilities
Sewage and Waste Disposal
Water Supply
Communications Facilities
Educational Facilities
Health Facilities
Recreational Facilities
Police Protection
Fire Protection
City Streets
Banking Facilities
Construction and Service Facilities
Retail Facilities
Wholesale Facilities
Housing Conditions
Hotels and Restaurants
Laundries and Dry Cleaners
Civic Organizations

Prepared By:

Cross City, Florida



Tallahassee, Florida

Part A---Natural Resources
1. Geography

Location: Cross City, the county seat of Dixie County, on the West Coast
of Florida, is 98 miles southeast of Tallahassee and 147 miles northwest of

Chief topographical features: Flat. Maximum elevation, 52 feet above sea

2. Climate

(From U. S. Weather Bureau observations at Perry, Florida, over a 25-year
Annual Jauary ril July October

Temperature averages 68.7 55.8 67.5 81.0 70.4
Rainfall averages 58.24 3.72 2.48 9.73 3.14

Growing season: Usual date of last killing frost in spring, February 24;
usual date of first killing frost in fall, November 26; average length of
growing season, 275 days.

3. Local Raw Materials

Timber: Yellow pine, slash pine, cypress and various hardwoods are available
three to 35 miles from town. Shamrock Properties, Inc., cuts slash pine;
B. H. Hatcher cuts hardwoods, and Clapp Lumber Company cuts pine lumber.

Minerals: Lime rock is available eight miles from town.

Agricultural products: Approximately 200 acres of bright leaf tobacco are
grown in this section. Corn and peanuts are other important crops,

Other: Salt water fish valued at $150,000 per year are brought to Cross City
for resale and shipment. Cattle (15,000 head) and hogs (20,000 head) are
increasing in importance.
Part B---General Economy

1. Population
Est. 1949 I= 1940 22 1923

County total 4,926 4,926 7,018 5,852 6,419
City total 1,819 1,819 1,869 1,097 1,071
Negroes in county 1,460 1,460 3,045 2,157 2,995
Negroes in city 335 335 -- 126

Predominant nationality: Native-born white.

2. Labor

Unions: No national unions have been established here. Construction workers
are not unionized.

Female employment: Approximately 5% of the total employment is female. No
women are employed in manufacturing industries.

Approximate hourly wages: Unskilled white male, 604; unskilled Negro male,
600; unskilled white female, 500; unskilled Negro female, 500; skilled white
male, $1; skilled Negro male, 75#; skilled white female, 600; skilled Negro
female, none employed.

General: A moderate quantity of both male and female labor, predominantly
unskilled, is available.


3. Retail Market

General: Cross City is the retail trade center for Dixie County.

1948 Effective Buying Income per family in county, $3,378.*
1948 Estimated total retail sales in county, $3,647,000.*
1948 Estimated retail food store sales in county, $735,000.*
1948 Estimated retail general merchandise store sales in county, $259,000.*
1948 Estimated retail drug store sales in county withheld to avoid disclosure,

*Copyright 1949, SALES MANAGEMENT Survey of Buying Power. Further repro-
duction not licensed.

4. Manufacturing Industries

General: Total number of manufacturing establishments, 6; total number
employed at all manufacturing plants, 244.

Principal manufacturing plants: Florida Pine Products, coke, turpentine and
rosin; Crapps Lumber Company, pine lumber; Dixie Moss Company, Spanish moss;
Shamrock Properties, Inc., pine poles and pulpwood.

5. New Industries

General: One new industry, employing 37 persons, was established during

6. General Remarks on Economy

Cross City is the county seat of Dixie County and the trade center for a 50
mile radius. This section is converting from lumber production to agricul-
ture, predominantly raising livestock.
Part C---Government

1. Administration

Type: Mayor-Council.

Officials: Mayor, L. L. Williams; City Attorney, Col. Blackwell.

Zoning: City has a zoning ordinance.

2. Finances

Current city tax rate: Operations, 7 mills; debt service, 0.

Average city tax rate for last five years Operations, 11 mills; debt
service, 0.

City basis of assessment: 100% of actual value.

Total assessed value of real property in city: $148,540.

City license tax on manufacturing plants: None.

City utility tax: 10% on first $50, none over.

Other major city taxes: None.

Current county tax rate, Operations, 28.3 mills; debt service, 0.

Special district taxes: Road No. 1, 3 mills.

Bonded debt: City, $49,000; county, 0. (Note: City bonds are for water-
works improvements and are self-liquidating.)

Other long-term obligations: City, 0; county, 0.

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Part D---Community Facilities

1. Available Data

Maps: City street, trunk water main and power distribution system maps are

2. Transportation Facilities

Railroad; Cross City is served by an Atlantic Coast Line main line with two
passenger and four freight trains daily. Pick-up and delivery for less than
carload freight is available.

Express: Railway Express Agency, Inc., provides rail express service. Dir-
ect air express service is not available. Free pick-up and delivery for
express is not available.

Highway: U. S. Highway 19 passes through Cross City.

Local bus service: None.

Intercity bus service: Greyhound Lines has 18 buses daily and Tamiami Trail
Tours has 8 buses daily through Cross City.

Intercity trucking facilities: Great Southern Trucking Company provides ser-
vice to all Southeastern states. Tallahassee, Jacksonville, Tampa, Pensacola
and Atlanta are among the principal cities that can be reached by an over-
night truck haul.

Air: Alachua County Airport, 52 miles away in Gainesville, is the nearest
airport that has scheduled commercial air transportation. The Gainesville
airport has 10,000 square foot of hangar spaco nnd three 5,000 feet runways.
Charter cross country flights are available. An airport at Cross City was
used by the Army, but it is no longer in operation.

3. Power

Florida Power Corporation owns and operates the generating and distributing
systems. Copies of rate schedules can be obtained at the company's offices
in High Springs or Saint Petersburg.

4. Fuel

Coal: Coal is not used in this section.

Gas: Neither artificial nor natural gas is available.

Bottled gas: Trenton Hardware and Furniture Company distributes Pyrofax.
Delivered cost is approximately 230 per gallon.

Other: Wood is available for approximately $8 a cord and kerosene for 11.90
per gallon.

5. Sewage and Waste Disposal

Sewage: City has open type storm sewers and no sanitary sewers.

Industrial waste disposal: No local industries have large quantities of
liquid waste. Wood waste from local plants is burned.

Garbage: Garbage is collected twice weekly.

6. Water Supply

Source; 2 wells. Present source is considered adequate for expansion.

Treatments Aerated and chlorinated.

Consumption: 40,000 gallons per day,


6. Water Supplv (Cont.)

Pumping capacity: 72,000 gallons per day.

Rate: $1.65 minimum for 2,000 gallons.

7. Communications Facilities

Telephone service: Southern Bell Telephone and Telegraph Company operates
a dial exchange.

Telegraph service: Western Union has office hours of 9 a.m. to noon and
1 to 5 p.m. on week days and 1 to 3 p.m. on Sundays and holidays.

8. Educational Facilities
Elementary Hih


Number of schools 1 1
Present enrollment 600 100
Present capacity 600 100


Number of schools 1 1
Present enrollment 100 25
Present capacity 100 25

Vocational training for white students: Woodworking and mechanics.

Vocational training for Negro students: None,

Libraries: None.

9. Health Facilities

City health department: None.

County health department: Staff of one doctor and two nurses. Operates a
general clinic in Cross City.

Hospitals: None. The nearest hospital is in Gainesville.

10. Recreational Facilities

Public parks: Cross City Public Park has basketball, tennis and shuffle.
board facilities.

Athletic fields: High School gymnasium, basketball court; High School
athletic field, lighted football field.

11. Police Protection

City: Force consists of one policeman, who uses a private car. Patrolman
is not uniformed. Regular beats are not maintained at night. City jail is
not approved for quartering Federal prisoners.

County: Police protection outside the city is provided by the Sheriff's
office. County jail is not approved for quartering Federal prisoners.

12. Fire Protection

City: Force consists of eight volunteer firemen. City has 2 engines and
one station.

Insurance rating: SEAU, Class 3; NBFU, Class 9.

County: No fire protection is available outside the city,


(3. City Streets
Mileage: Total, 10 miles; paved, 2 miles; limestone, 2 miles.

Genel: Slag and oil is the principal type of surfacing. About 1% of the
street are curbed and about 2% have sidewalks. Approximately 80% of the
streets should be rebuilt or extensively repaired during the next five years.

14. Banking ancelities

general: Dixie County State Bank, total resources, $806,000.

15. Construction and Service Facilittes
Type and number: General contractors, 2; architects, 0; land'surveyors, 1i
general machine shops, 1; machine repair facilities, 1; foundries, 0;
automotive repair facilities, 4; consulting engineers, 0.

161 Re)ail Facilities
Type and numbers Dry goods stores, 3; department stores, 2; grocery stores,
154 drug stores, 2.

Parking: City has no parking meters and no parking lots.

Vacant stores# There were no vacant stores in the business district at the
time of this survey.

Deficiencies: A farm implement store is needed.

17. Wholesale Facilities
General: Cross City is not considered a wholesale distribution center. No
special markets are operated for the wholesale distribution of agricultural
products. Commercial freezing facilities are available for handling fish

18. Housing Conditions

general: No houses are available at present. An organization has been
formed to construct additional housing facilities.

19. Hotels and Restaurants
Hotels: Number, 2; rooms, 50.

Restaurants: Number, 4; seating capacity, 200.

20. NewsDapers

Weekly: Dixie County Advocate, circulation, 1,000.

21. Laundries and Dry Cleaners

Commercial laundries: Number, 1.

Commercial dry cleaners: Number, 2.

22. Civic Organizations

Organization and name of president: Rotary, H, A. Langston; Chamber of
Commerce, W. R. Pratt; Woman's Club, Mrs. L. L. Williams; Lions, John Loval.

23, Churches
Denomination: Baptist, Methodist, Church of Christ, Church of God, Church
of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints,


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