AIChE Central Florida November Dinner Meeting (Joint Meeting with SME)

    November 13, 2018
    6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
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    The Club at Eaglebrooke
    1300 Eaglebrooke Blvd
    Lakeland, FL 33813

    Please join us for our annual joint meeting with FLSME at the Club at Eaglebrooke. 

    Pierce - A Phosphate Town

    Richard A. Fifer

    Abstract: Central Florida was primitive at the end of the Nineteenth Century, and amenities were few. The roads were poor, so transportation was especially difficult. As a result, each phosphate mining company had to provide housing near its mining operations for the workers and their families. Often, these mining villages were no more than a collection of a few houses and perhaps a commissary. When large fertilizer and chemical companies entered Florida phosphate mining in the first decade of the Twentieth Century, they brought the capital to enlarge the mining effort, which also led to larger mining towns. These companies had the capital to provide their towns with infrastructure, such as commissaries, schools, churches, hospitals, and recreation facilities.

    One of the largest company-owned towns in Bone Valley was Pierce, located four miles south of Mulberry. It was owned first by the Pierce Phosphate Company and then by the American Agricultural Chemical Company. This is the story of Pierce. In addition to the history of the town, the talk will cover what it was like to live and work in a phosphate mining town.

    Dinner will consist of a prime rib & shrimp buffet, beer, wine, and soft drinks. 

    Please Make Your Reservations by November 9th!

    Please note that there will be a $1 fee for credit card payments at the door. 

    Register Here

    Note: This will take you off-site.


    $20.00 Senior Member Ticket

    $20.00 Guest Ticket