The Alafia River, (pronounced AL-uh-fi, and not AL-uh-FI-uh by most speakers) gets its name from an old Indian term meaning "River of Fire" because of the flashes of light that could be seen in the river at night. Those sparkling streaks were caused by the phosphorus in the water. In the 1890's phosphate was discovered in this area and in the Alafia River. A phosphate mining facility was soon built near where US Highway 301 crosses the river near the little settlement in the area. That settlement ... eventually came to be known as Riverview (after the Riverview settlement on the North side of the Alafia River also begun in the 1890s).
Information from Riverview Online
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