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Santa Fe Dredging
Lake Santa Fe, in eastern Alachua County, is the largest of a series of lakes that were connected by dredging canals in the 1880s. This was done so boats could travel between Melrose (the center of a thriving citrus and tourist industry) and Waldo (the railroad terminal). Water and railroad were the major means of transportation for passengers and freight across Florida at that time. Prosperity had followed Reconstruction, and business supported the work that is being done in this 1883 engraving. The dredging boat is working to open up the area between Lake Santa Fe and Lake Alto.
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