Most know it as a wide linear green strip of overgrown vegetation serving as the border between Springfield and the Eastside. 125 years ago, this forgotten path was primed to become a major gateway into Florida's largest city. Today, we take a look at the rise and fall of a former Springfield railroad corridor and the buildings and businesses it once served.
In 1955, this 20,000 square foot industrial building was completed along the SAL railroad line at 1550 Spearing Street. Today, National Tire Solutions, Inc. manufactures as many as 100 high quality retread radial and bias tires. A recent addition to the area, National Tire Solutions, Inc. is a good example of repurposing older industrial buildings for new use, creating new jobs in forgotten areas of the city.
A view of the rear of National Tire Solutions, Inc. from Springfield's side of the old railroad corridor. Recently, the old AV&W track south of East 6th Street has been removed. The remaining track south of Carmen Street operates as a seldom used railroad spur to an Eastside gravel yard owned by Rinker Materials. In 1913, this site was the location of the Duval Planing Mill Company.
Formerly operated by Rinker Materials Corporation, this 85-year-old industrial site is now occupied by Surface Prep Supply. Surface Prep Supply specializes in sandblasting abrasives & equipment, paints & coatings, filtration media, athletic field supplies, and equipment sales and rental.
Between 1913 and 1916, 520 East 8th Street housed Jacksonville's Coca-Cola Bottling Company.
For many years, this property was occupied by the Seaboard Beverage Company, which specialized in redwood wines. Seaboard Beverage Company in 1949. Courtesy of (State Archives of Florida)
Seaboard Beverage Company workers loading beverages on to a truck in 1949. Courtesy of (State Archives of Florida)
Schurco Slurry was the building's most recent tenant. Schurco Slurry is a full service centrifugal slurry pump manufacturer and solution provider. In 2012, Schurco Slurry relocated its corporate headquarters and manufacturing facility to 9410 E. Florida Mining Blvd.
The Discount Store Fixtures warehouse at 1819 Ionia Street features a large selection of new and used store fixtures for retailers. The 33,401 square foot building dates back to 1922.
In 2000, MLXL Sportswear & Specialties moved its screen print and embroidery facilities into this space. Now known as MLXL Productions, Inc., the company currently operates at 8475 Western Way.
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