Sawdust sprouts around lumber mill in 19th century

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By Erin Hill

Have you ever driven down an old country road and seen a sign identifying a small community, and wondered how it got its name?  Maybe you have noticed an abandoned building or old store, and imagined what used  to be there.
“SAWDUST.  Before there was a Miami (at least before it had a city charter), there was a Sawdust, Florida,” Kay Davis Lay wrote in 1988, “Scenes of Sawdust & Suburbs 18 Month Calendar-Cookbook.”
Old postal records for the community date back to 1895.

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