History of the Bean Market Building

Largest Truck Auction of Green Beans

Built in 1936 by the Public Works Administration (PWA) as part of Franklin Delano Roosevelt's "New Deal," the Lake City bean market rose to acclaim as the world's largest truck auction of green beans in Lake City's agricultural prime. Farmers drove to centrally located Lake City from all over the South to bring their bean crops to market; traders would then ship the beans north on one of the many freight trains that rolled through Lake City each day.

National Register of Historic Places

The building is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

1936 Bean Market