Cross City has a history ranging from a thriving forestry industry led by the Putnam Lumber company, once the largest sawmill in Florida. They built the Putnam Lodge in 1927-28 in their "company town", Shamrock, then a bit northwest of Cross City. The Putnam Lodge still stands as a local landmark, now on the northwestern edge of the city and has been said to be in the process of being restored as a special events/conference facility.
Cross City is also known for its turpentine industry in the 30s and 40s as documentated in Zora Heale Hurston in her book "Seraph on the Suwannee". Unfortunately this piece of Cross City's history is steeped in the terrable working conditions of the industry.
An earlier history indicates an encampment by the explorer DeSoto at today's Cross City, which they called Uriutina, a "town of pleasant view and with much food.
This became the town of "Cross Roads" because it was the place where the Old Spanish Trail from Pensacola to St. Augustine crossed the Old Salt Road from Madisonville to Horseshoe Beach. Somewhere along the line the name Cross Roads was changed to Cross City.
Today Cross City is still the cross roads it was named for, the main road being US19/98/Alt27, the major north/south road on the west coast of Florida. It's a community of thriving businesses, good restaurants, an airport attracting private business travel from all over the country and the County Seat of Dixie County.
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