Putnam Lodge

Putnam Lodge (HM1H3U)

Location: Cross City, FL 32628 Dixie County
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Country: United States of America
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N 29° 38.438', W 83° 8.511'

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Putnam Lodge, built in 1927-28 by the Putnam Lumber Company, is part of a bygone era in Florida's forestry history. Here, beside the old Dixie Highway, Putnam Lodge, part of the "company town" of Shamrock, accommodated tourists, transients and company executives and clients. The lobby and the dining room of the 36-room lodge were decorated exclusively with the still preserved, artfully stenciled "pecky cypress," a now virtually extinct lumber product. In its day, the Putnam Lumber Company, founded by William O'Brien, a timber magnate of Irish descent, and associates including E. B. Putnam, employed hundreds at its two state-of-the-art sawmills in Shamrock. The mills annually produced and shipped worldwide millions of feet of "deep swamp tidewater cypress" and "dense Florida longleaf yellow pine" lumber, products that are now rare because the old growth trees are gone. Shamrock provided its residents and employees with comfortable homes, a commissary, a store comparable to "any city department store," two schools, two hotels, the Shamrock Dairy Farm, and an ice plant producing 18 tons of ice daily. The lodge is representative of a time of local timber supremacy and economic prosperity.
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HM NumberHM1H3U
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Year Placed2011
Placed ByFlorida Division of the Society of American Foresters, Friends of Putnam Lodge and the Florida Department of State
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Sunday, October 19th, 2014 at 1:28pm PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)17R E 292658 N 3280882
Decimal Degrees29.64063333, -83.14185000
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 29° 38.438', W 83° 8.511'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds29° 38' 26.28" N, 83° 8' 30.66" W
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Area Code(s)352
Which side of the road?Marker is on the right when traveling North
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 14423 Hoerning Ave, Cross City FL 32628, US
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