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A city in Alachua County

The City of Alachua is a business friendly location. We host a variety of family owned, national and international businesses in our town. Alachua is conveniently located in North Central Florida with immediate access to Interstate 75 and Highway 441. This rapidly growing area serves as a bedroom community to nearby Gainesville, Florida - home of the University of Florida and the Gators!

The City of Alachua, rich in historical significance within the State of Florida and recognized as a "cross-road" to North Central Florida, began it’s path to modern day recognition in the early 1600’s.

Spanish explorers, including Hernando DeSoto for whom the "DeSoto Trail" is named, traveled the corridors of North Central Florida that would become what is now Alachua County. By the 1800’s, Alachua County’s borders stretched from the Georgia State line southward to the Florida plains, now known as "Payne's Prairie Reserve."

In the heart of Northwest Alachua County, a railroad town called "Newnansville" served as a pipeline for commerce and agricultural development. In 1907, "Newnansville" was renamed and incorporated as The City of Alachua. A new era of growth had arrived in North Central Florida.

The "Dixie Highway" had served as the main North/South artery through the center of the State, but it was soon to be replaced by U.S. Highway 441 (running through the center of Alachua County) and a new junction for travel between Lake City, Alachua, and Gainesville was established. In the late 1950s and '60s the construction of Interstate 75 further strengthened the strategic location of Alachua, becoming the only point in Alachua County where two major North/South Highways intersected.