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Bradford County

Year Founded: 1952


In 1838, a settlement called Ward City was established in this area. It was named after the Ward family, descendants of whom are buried in the Brooker Baptist Church cemetery. In 1892, Thomas R. Collins, a native of nearby Columbia County, bought a piece of property about a mile southwest of the present site of Brooker. His petition for a post office was granted in August of 1894 and he was made postmaster. He named the post office after the old Brooker Bridge across the Santa Fe River. The bridge had been named after Ed Brooker, a farmer in that area, Mr. Hulett Anderson was the first mayor of the Town of Brooker.

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