Historic Photos of Gainesville

Historic Photos of Gainesville

by Steve Rajtar


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Historic Photos of Gainesville by Steve Rajtar

What began as a distribution center for shipping agricultural products around 150 years ago became a community noted in the twentieth century for its leadership in research and education. Historic Photos of Gainesville focuses its lens on the unfolding development of this Alachua County town, encapsulating its cultural progress over the last two centuries with nearly 200 compelling black-and-white photos. This handsome book chronicles the 1906 founding of the University of Florida and includes rare photos of its rise from modest beginnings to one of the nation’s largest universities and leading research facilities. Historic Photos of Gainesville draws from an extensive collection of rare images, revealing how a once quaint southern town became a modern-day city rich with history and educational opportunity. Archiving the growth of this vibrant community, Historic Photos of Gainesville is a must-have for area residents and historians alike.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781596524330
Publisher: Turner Publishing Company
Publication date: 05/28/2008
Series: Historic Photos Series
Pages: 204
Product dimensions: 10.20(w) x 10.00(h) x 1.20(d)

About the Author

Steve Rajtar has written fifteen books, each dealing in some way with history, in particular that of Florida. This is his second book on Gainesville.
He grew up near Cleveland, Ohio, and right after high school headed to college in Florida. After earning degrees in mathematics and anthropology at what is now the University of Central Florida in Orlando, he attended the University of Florida and there received degrees in law and taxation. A love of the outdoors and a fascination with local history gave him one of his favorite hobbies-leading historical tours in the communities of Florida. Hundreds of such tours have been attended by thousands of individuals, who are led through historic neighborhoods, downtowns, and cemeteries such as the one in Newnansville, where Steve's photo above was taken. Steve's other books include Historic Photos of Florida Tourist Attractions, also available from Turner Publishing.

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