Union Cypress Sawmill

Union Cypress Sawmill (HM1CJG)

Location: Melbourne, FL 32901 Brevard County
Country: United States of America

N 28° 3.998', W 80° 36.234'

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1912-1932

The Union Cypress Co. was Melbourne's first big industry, bringing employment, growth and development to the region. Their big cypress/pine sawmill was a three-story, all-steel structure about 50 by 150 feet. Five, 150-horsepower boilers provided power. Its power plant supplied Melbourne's first electricity. The company's railway to Deer Park provided the first direct route across the St. Johns River for 80 miles south of Enterprise. Some 40,000 feet of lumber and 45,000 shingles could be produced daily from the cypress/pine holdings of George W. Hopkins, which had a market value over $2 million in 1911. Lumber not used locally was shipped out via the Florida East Coast Railway. The company-owned town of Hopkins had some 69 buildings within its industrial, residential and commercial areas. The big mill burned in August, 1919, and was replaced by a smaller pine mill. Construction of a new cypress mill began in late 1924, but halted after Hopkins died in January, 1925. Foshee Manufacturing Co. leased the now-idle mill and railway in March, 1928, but even with plenty of timber left, had to close in late 1932 due to a declining lumber market in the Great Depression. Less than a handful of original buildings exist today.
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HM NumberHM1CJG
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Marker NumberF-618
Year Placed2008
Placed ByThe Brevard County Historical Commission, The Brevard County Tourist Development Council, and the Florida Department of State
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Date Added Thursday, October 16th, 2014 at 1:16pm PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)17R E 538921 N 3104647
Decimal Degrees28.06663333, -80.60390000
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 28° 3.998', W 80° 36.234'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds28° 3' 59.88" N, 80° 36' 14.04" W
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Area Code(s)321
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 1020 Mill St, Melbourne FL 32901, US
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