Back in August, JOM of Gravel Cyclist mentioned to me that he'd ridden past the sign for Traxler many times, but that he'd never actually explored Traxler itself.
My response was, "What's Traxler?"
Well, as it turns out, not all that much.
Traxler was a small community founded by William H. Traxler in the late 1800s in northern Alachua county along the Bellamy Road. It was a cotton farming community, and life there revolved around the Traxler farm. In addition to the farm buildings and homes, there was also a general store, a US post office (which operated from 1891 to 1906), and a church. These days, there's little there other than the church and a few homes, mostly of modern vintage. The construction of I-75 may have obliterated outlying parts of the former community, but at this point in time, it's hard to tell.
(and, less fortunately, its current proximity to I-75)
The inscription reads: "TRAXLER, FLA This community was named Traxler in the late 1800s when William H. Traxler and Mary Dell Traxler operated a large trading center and US Post Office here. This memorial given in memory of their daughter, EVA TRAXLER"
From CR 236 up by the interstate, one can peer over a locked gate at this, which looks to me to be more of the Old Bellamy Road, headed straight from CR236 just east of the interstate towards Traxler. Or it could be an old driveway headed towards the Traxler farm.