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
Publisher: s.n.
Place of Publication: Tallahassee Fla
Publication Date: 1948-1949?]
General Note: Issued separately for Florida cities in cooperation with local chambers of commerce and varied agencies.
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Dixie County

Table of Contents

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Port A---Natural Resources

Local Raw Materials

Part B---General Economy

Retail "'nr':et
Manufacturing Industries
New Industries
General Remarks on Economy

Part C---Government

1. Administration
2. Finances

Part D---Community Facilities

Available Data
Transportation Facilities
Sewage and Waste Disposal
water r Supply
Communications Facilities
Educational Facilities
Health Facilities
Recreational Facilities
Police Protection
Fire Protection
City Streets
Banking Facilities
Construction 'nd Service Facilities
Retail Facilities
Wholesale Facilities
Housing Conditions
Hotels and Rcst=urnnts
Laundries and Dry Cleaners
Civic Organizations

Prepared by:

101 Fifth Street South
S-int Petersburg 1, Florida


311 North Calhoun Street
Tallahassee, Florida

With the assistance of Chamber
of Commerce and City officials.



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Part A--Natural Resources

1. Geography:

Location: Cross City, the county seat of Dixie County, is 98 miles southeast
of Tallahassee and 147 miles northwest of Tampa.

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

2. Climate:

(From observations at Perry, Florida.)

Annual January April 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. 1947 1945 1940 192 1930

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, 600; unskilled Negro male,
600; unskilled white female, 500; unskilled Negro female, 500; skilled white
male, ~1; skilled Negro male, 750; 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.

1946 Effective Buying Income per family in county, $2,627.*
1946 Estimated total retail sales in county, 13,115,000.*
1946 Estimated retail food store sales in county, $620,000.*
1946 Estimated retail general merchandise store sales in county, $248,000.*
1946 Estimated retail drug store sales in county withheld to avoid disclosure.

Copyright 1947, 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: $102,775.

City license tax on manufacturing plants: None.

City utility tax: None.

Other major city taxes: None.

Current county tax rate: Operations, 28.1 mills; debt service, 0.

Special district taxes: None.

Bonded debt: City, 50,000; county, 0, (Note: City bonds are for water-
works improvements and are self-liquidating.)

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



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 vith two
passenger and four freight trains daily. Pick-up and delivery for less than
carload freight is available.

Express: Rail-ay 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 a'way in Gainesville, is the nearest
airport that has scheduled commercial air transportation. The Gainesville
airport has 10,000 square feet of hangar space and three 5,000 feet runways.
Charter cross country flights are available. Florida Airways operates eight
scheduled passenger flights daily from that field. 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 may 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 23 per gallon.

Other: Wood is available for 18 a cord and kerosene is available for 11,90
per gallon.

5. Sewage and Wpste Disposal:

Se-age: City has open type storm sewers and no sanitary severs.

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

Garbage: Garbage is collected twice weekly.

6. Water Supply:

Source: One well. Present source is not considered adequate for expansion.

Treatment: Aerated and chlorinated.

Consumption: 40,000 gallons per day.


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6. Water Supply: (cont.)

Pumping capacity: 72,000 gallons per day.

Rate: 41.65 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 High

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.

10. Recreational Facilities:

Public parks: Cross City Public Park, hns 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 one engine and
one station.

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

County: No fire protection is available outside the city.

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13. City Streets:

Mileage: Total, 10 miles; paved, 2 miles; limestone, 2 miles.

General: Slag and oil is the principal type of surfacing. About 1% of the
streets 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 Facilities:

General: Dixie County State Bank, total resources, 806,000,

15. Construction and Service Facilities:

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

16. Retail Facilities:

Type and number: Dry goods stores, 3; department stores, 2; grocery stores,
15; drug stores, 3.

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

Vacant stores: There were no vacant stores in the business district at the.
time -f 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. Newspapers:

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, Georgie L. Hall; Chamber of
Commerce, W. R. Pratt; Woman's Club, Mrs. 0. 0. Edwards; Lions, M. H.

23. Churches:

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

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