Bradley Junction, Florida

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Bradley Junction, Florida
Census-designated place
Bradley Junction, Florida is located in Florida
Bradley Junction, Florida
Bradley Junction, Florida
Coordinates: 27°47′43″N 81°58′49″W / 27.79528°N 81.98028°W / 27.79528; -81.98028Coordinates: 27°47′43″N 81°58′49″W / 27.79528°N 81.98028°W / 27.79528; -81.98028
Country United States
State Florida
County Polk
 • Total 2.151 sq mi (5.57 km2)
 • Land 2.108 sq mi (5.46 km2)
 • Water 0.043 sq mi (0.11 km2)
Elevation 138 ft (42 m)
Population (2010)[2]
 • Total 686
 • Density 320/sq mi (120/km2)
Time zone UTC-5 (Eastern (EST))
 • Summer (DST) UTC-4 (EDT)
ZIP codes 33835[3]
Area code(s) 863

Bradley Junction (also known as Bradley) is an unincorporated community and census-designated place in southwestern Polk County, Florida, United States. Its population was 686 as of the 2010 census.[2]


Bradley Junction is named for the railroad junction located in the community, which was historically the junction between the Seaboard Air Line Railroad (the east-west track) and the Charlotte Harbor and Northern Railway (the north-south track). The junction itself is named after phosphate mining company executive Peter B. Bradley, who chartered the Charlotte Harbor and Northern Railway in 1905. The railroad junction still exists today and both lines are now owned by CSX Transportation. In the mid 1990s, the Florida Gulf Coast Railroad Museum (now the Florida Railroad Museum) moved the railroad station from Bradley Junction to Parrish. The depot was then consumed by a fire soon after the move.


Bradley Junction is located at 27.795 degrees north, 81.98056 degrees west (27.795, -81.98056).[1][5] The elevation for the community is 135 feet above sea level.[6]


The community of Bradley Junction is served by Polk County Public Schools.


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