Explosions Rock City: Flames Visible 6 Miles Away

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Title

Explosions Rock City: Flames Visible 6 Miles Away

Alternative Title

Explosions Rock City

Subject

Sanford (Fla.)
Buildings--Florida
Farmers' markets--Florida
Fire

Description

Newspaper article in the The Sanford Herald on the fire that burned down the Sanford State Farmers' Market in 1957. Hundreds of gallons of water were used to put the fire out and damages were estimated at $2.5 million.

The Sanford State Farmers' Market, at 1300 South French Avenue, was founded in 1934 in order to provide a central location in which farmers would sell their produce directly to consumers. The idea for the Sanford State Farmers' Market was devised by Fred Dorner and Gus Schmach, both members of the Seminole Agricultural Club. Sanford Chamber of Commerce president Harry Papworth also contributed to the development of the market. The Federal Emergency Relief Administration (FERA) authorized construction plans on June 11, 1934. On June 20, 1934, the City of Sanford donated a portion of the Alex V. French properties to the State Marketing Board, which selected the northwest corner of French Avenue and Thirteenth Street. The board approved the installation of telegraph and telephone equipment, as well as a three-pump filling station. The Sanford State Farmer's Market opened on December 18, 1934. By 1939, the Farmers' Market was bringing a total volume of business of $627,065.81. In 1941, business volume reached over $700,000. On April 4, 1957, a fire destroyed the building and caused damages estimated at $2.5 million. Reconstruction began almost immediately and the Farmers' Market was expected to re-open by the fall of 1957. In 1991, plans were created to restore, preserve, and convert the citrus packing house into a museum.

Source

Microfilm reproduction of original newspaper article: "Explosions Rock City; Flames Visible 6 Miles Away." The Sanford Herald, April 4, 1957: State Farmers' Market Collection, Museum of Seminole County History, Sanford, Florida.

Publisher

Date Created

ca. 1957-04-04

Date Copyrighted

1957-04-04

Date Issued

1957-04-04

Has Format

Original newspaper article: "Explosions Rock City; Flames Visible 6 Miles Away." The Sanford Herald, April 4, 1957.

Is Format Of

Digital reproduction of microfilm copy of newspaper article, The Sanford Herald, April 4, 1957.

Is Part Of

The Sanford Herald, April 4, 1957, pages 1 and 10.
State Farmers' Market Collection, Museum of Seminole County History, Sanford, Florida.
Sanford State Farmers' Market Collection, Sanford Collection, Seminole County Collection, RICHES of Central Florida.

Format

image/jpg

Extent

3 MB

Medium

1 newspaper article

Language

eng

Type

Text

Coverage

Sanford State Farmers' Market, Sanford, Florida

Spatial Coverage

28.800733, -81.273112

Temporal Coverage

1957-04-04/1957-04-04

Accrual Method

Donation

Mediator

History Teacher
Economics Teacher

Provenance

Originally published by The Sanford Herald.

Rights Holder

Copyright to this resource is held by The Sanford Herald and is provided here by RICHES of Central Florida for educational purposes only.

Contributing Project

Curator

Cepero, Laura

Digital Collection

External Reference

Florida. Florida State Farmers Markets:...Annual Report. Jacksonville, Fla: Board, 1945-, 1945.
Lewis, L. H. Florida State Farmers' Markets. Tallahassee, Fla: State of Florida Dept. of Agriculture, 1955. http://ufdc.ufl.edu/UF00015016.
Sheffield, Glenn. "Sanford State Farmers' Market." The Historical Marker Database. http://www.hmdb.org/Marker.asp?Marker=52232.

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