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

Falling Creek Falls

 
 
Falling Creek Falls Marker image. Click for full size.
By Cosmos Mariner, November 3, 2018
1. Falling Creek Falls Marker
Inscription. Falling Creek Falls Park is a cooperative venture between the Suwannee River Water Management District (SRWMD) and the Columbia County Board of County Commissioners. The SRWMD acquired the land through the Preservation 2000 land acquisition program that protects major water resources in the Suwannee Valley Region. The park is managed by Columbia County.

Falling Creek is a tributary of the Suwannee River. It originates north of Lake City and flows for several miles through the falls area and then goes underground approximately 1/4 mile below the falls. It comes back up to the surface and flows into the Suwannee north of White Springs.

The creek is an intermittent stream that is fed primarily by rains and groundwater when the water table is high. The water level can change very quickly and the creek is frequently dry.

History of Falling Creek
Settlers moved into the Falling Creek and Winfield area in the early 1850s according to the National Register of Historic Places. The first settlers arrived in a wagon train from South Carolina and included the families of Thomas D. Dicks, the Reverend W. J. Greene, Richard Mole, and others. Thomas Dick’s son, James Winfield Dicks, founded Winfield Station on the Georgia Southern and Florida Railroad. He built a mercantile store, which also served as a post
Falling Creek Falls Marker Kiosk (<i>wide view; Falling Creek Road in background</i>) image. Click for full size.
By Cosmos Mariner, November 3, 2018
2. Falling Creek Falls Marker Kiosk (wide view; Falling Creek Road in background)
office. At the time the area was settled, Columbia County had a population of 4,646 people, of which 2,069 were slaves.

The history of Falling Creek and Winfield are closely intermingled. At the end of the Civil War, a sawmill was established by L. W. Rivers and a Mr. Reed on Falling Creek. By the 1890s, the naval stores industry brought more growth to the area. A large turpentine distillery, two more general stores, a cotton gin, and a gristmill were opened in Winfield. The building across from the kiosk is believed to have been used as a general store or commissary. It was moved to its present site from Winfield.

The Falling Creek Church, located just up the road, was originally established in 1855 and is listed on the National Historic Register. The church property was acquired by Thomas Dicks in 1855 for $.50 an acre from the Florida Internal Improvement Trust Fund. A log church was built on the site and served the community until 1885, when the present church building was constructed. The church was built out of local materials and features two front doors, one for men and one for women. It was the common custom for men and women to sit on opposite sides of the church. The church is still in use today and is open to the public every day. A one-room schoolhouse was also built on the site in 1887 and was in use until the mid 1930s. The school building is
Falling Creek Falls Marker Kiosk (<i>view from Falling Creek Road; marker is on reverse side</i>) image. Click for full size.
By Cosmos Mariner, November 3, 2018
3. Falling Creek Falls Marker Kiosk (view from Falling Creek Road; marker is on reverse side)
no longer standing.
 
Erected by Columbia County Parks and Recreation.
 
Location. 30° 15.485′ N, 82° 40.126′ W. Marker is near Lake City, Florida, in Columbia County. Marker is on Northwest Falling Creek Road (County Road 131) 0.9 miles north of US Highway 41 (State Road 100), on the right when traveling north. Touch for map. Marker is located in Falling Creek Falls park, at the Falling Creek Falls Trailhead, just north of the parking lot, on the east side of the highway. Marker is at or near this postal address: 953 Northwest Falling Creek Road, Lake City FL 32055, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 8 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. A Bargaining Chip (a few steps from this marker); Falling Creek Methodist Church and Cemetery (approx. 0.3 miles away); Apalachee Trail (approx. 5.1 miles away); Alligator (approx. 5.1 miles away); Confederate Monument (approx. 5.1 miles away); White Springs (approx. 7.2 miles away); Wars and Conflicts in White Springs (approx. 7.2 miles away); Florida’s Original Tourist Destination (approx. 7.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Lake City.
 
More about this marker. Marker is a large glass-covered, poster-like panel mounted within a heavy-duty
Falling Creek Falls General Store/Commissary c.1890s (<i>located behind marker</i>) image. Click for full size.
By Cosmos Mariner, November 3, 2018
4. Falling Creek Falls General Store/Commissary c.1890s (located behind marker)
wooden kiosk.
 
Related markers. Click here for a list of markers that are related to this marker. Falling Creek Falls Community
 
Also see . . .  Falling Creek Falls. Falling Creek Falls was the site of the first settlement in this area, and this short accessible boardwalk trail offers easy access to the scenic view. A new loop trail extends your walk in the woods past rapids in the creek. (Submitted on November 10, 2018, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.) 
 
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Falling Creek Falls General Store/Commissary c.1890s (<i>located behind marker</i>) image. Click for full size.
By Cosmos Mariner, November 3, 2018
5. Falling Creek Falls General Store/Commissary c.1890s (located behind marker)
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on November 15, 2018. This page originally submitted on November 9, 2018, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida. This page has been viewed 34 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on November 10, 2018, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida. • Andrew Ruppenstein was the editor who published this page.
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