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Newberry

Alachua County

Year Founded: 1908

History

Phosphate deposits were discovered at the city’s present site about 1890. The first post office was established and the town that sprang up afterwards was originally called Newton. It was re-named for Newberry, South Carolina in March 1894 and incorporated as such in 1909. It prospered as a railway and mining center, serving as the southern terminus for the Jacksonville and Southern Railway. The city had a tung oil industry in the 1930s.

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