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Lake City in Columbia County, Florida — The American South (South Atlantic)
 

Alligator

 
 
Alligator Marker image. Click for full size.
By Mike Stroud, June 29, 2012
1. Alligator Marker
Inscription. Originally called Alpata Telophka, or Alligator Town, this site was a Seminole village, ruled by the powerful chief Alligator, an instigator of the Dade Massacre, which began the great Seminole War of 1835. Following the cessation of hostilities, a white settlement sprang up on the site of the old Seminole village and became known simply as Alligator. Prior to the War Between the States, the name was changed to Lake City.
 
Erected 1961 by Florida Board of Parks and Historic Memorials. (Marker Number F-68.)
 
Location. 30° 11.401′ N, 82° 38.221′ W. Marker is in Lake City, Florida, in Columbia County. Marker is at the intersection of Marion Street (SR 47) (U.S. 441) and NW Orange Street, on the right when traveling north on Marion Street (SR 47). Click for map. Marker is in this post office area: Lake City FL 32025, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 13 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Confederate Monument (a few steps from this marker); Apalachee Trail (a few steps from this marker); Bethel United Methodist Church (approx. 4.5 miles away); Florida’s Original Tourist Destination (approx.
Alligator Marker image. Click for full size.
By Mike Stroud, June 29, 2012
2. Alligator Marker
12 miles away); Wars and Conflicts in White Springs (approx. 12 miles away); White Springs (approx. 12 miles away); The Residents of White Springs (approx. 12.1 miles away); White Sulphur Springs (approx. 12.2 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Lake City.
 
Related marker. Click here for another marker that is related to this marker. ..the relationship, marker shown, Dade Massacre
 
Also see . . .
1. Chief Halpatter Tustenuggee Micco or Chief Alligator...chickamaugacherokee.org. Chief Old Billy Bowlegs was the War Chief for King Phillip of Eufaula Town in the Creek Nation in Alabamaon When Old Billy Bowlegs was forced to move his people into Florida his name was changed to Chief Alligator, and Lake City, Florida was called Alligator before it became known as Lake City. (Submitted on July 22, 2012, by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina.) 

2. History of The Dade Battlefield. a column of 107 soldiers led by Major Dade were ambushed by the Seminole warriors at the Dade Battle in Sumter County, Florida. (Submitted on July 23, 2012, by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina.) 

3. City of Lake City history
Alligator Marker along Marion Street US 441 (SR 47), at NW Orange Street image. Click for full size.
By Mike Stroud, June 29, 2012
3. Alligator Marker along Marion Street US 441 (SR 47), at NW Orange Street
. 1859 The name was changed because the mayor's wife, who had recently moved to the town, refused to hang her lace curtains in a town named Alligator. (Submitted on July 23, 2012, by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina.) 
 
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(Old) Billy Bowlegs a.k.a. chief Alligator , Seminole image. Click for full size.
Wikipedia, via History of the Indian tribes of North America
4. (Old) Billy Bowlegs a.k.a. chief Alligator , Seminole
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina. This page has been viewed 718 times since then and 27 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on , by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina.   4. submitted on , by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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