QUINCY COMMERCIAL DISTRICT

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QUINCY COMMERCIAL DISTRICT

The buildings you see throughout Quincy's downtown commercial district are the result of the economic prosperity that Shade Tobacco and Fuller's Earth mining created in Gadsden County. With few exceptions, all of these were built between 1888 and 1922. Growth came in dramatic spurts when Quincy's population almost doubled from 700 in 1884 to 1200 in 1895 and finally to 4000 in 1907. Swept away was the antebellum village of ramshackle buildings and one-room offices, and in its place stood a new city of brick and mortar with modern amenities including electric lights, telephone service, plumbing and a state-of-the-art fire department. Hotels accommodating tobacco buyers from all over the world were built. Barbers flourished and new theaters provided entertainment. The long shadow of Reconstruction was cast aside and Quincy's economic possibilities, at the dawn of the 20th century, seemed limitless.