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of Newnansville, 1845
The Alachua County seat at Newnansville looked like this about 1845 when the survey was made of the township in which it was located. The village was sketched in by the surveyor; it bears little resemblance to the official plat of the town. Newnansville was Alachua County's seat until 1856. At that time, David Levy Yulee was building a railroad between Fernandina and Cedar Key, and Newnansville was being bypassed. Citizens felt that growth and prosperity were dependent on transportation, so they decided to create a new county seat that would be on the train's route. They had a barbecue, so the story goes, at Boulware Springs and voted to name the new town "Gainesville."
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