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Jacksonville in Duval County, Florida — The American South (South Atlantic)
 

The St. Johns

A River of Many Names

 
 
The St. Johns Marker (side 1) image. Click for full size.
By Tim Fillmon, December 31, 1903
1. The St. Johns Marker (side 1)
Inscription.  (side 1)
Discovered by Juan Bono Quexos, 1520 • First named Rio de Corrientes by Spain • Explored by Pedro Menendez • Called Riviere de Mai by France, 1562-4 • San Mateo, Salamototo and Picolata were among its other Spanish names • Its Indian name, Welaka, meant River of Lakes •
(See other side)
(side 2)
(Continued from other side)
San Juan, then St. Johns, its English version, replaced all other names by 1821 when Florida was ceded to the U.S. by Spain. The mighty rover is famed in verse and story by Bartram, Wordsworth and Coleridge • Essential to the ecology of peninsula Florida • Rises just south of Lake Helen Blazes • Flows northward for most of its 276 mile length.
 
Erected 1972 by Jacksonville Historical Society.
 
Location. Marker has been reported missing. It was located near 30° 19.203′ N, 81° 39.617′ W. Marker was in Jacksonville, Florida, in Duval County. Marker could be reached from Museum Circle just west of South Main
The St. Johns Marker (side 2) image. Click for full size.
By Tim Fillmon, December 31, 1903
2. The St. Johns Marker (side 2)
Street (U.S. 1), on the right when traveling west. Marker was located in Friendship Park near the fountain. Touch for map. Marker was at or near this postal address: 1015 Museum Circle, Jacksonville FL 32207, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this location. Historic King's Road British East Florida (a few steps from this marker); Soldiers of the American Revolution Associated with Jacksonville’s History (approx. 0.2 miles away); Sinking of the Maple Leaf (approx. 0.3 miles away); Andrew Jackson (approx. 0.4 miles away); The Beginning (approx. half a mile away); Duval County Vietnam Memorial and Veterans Eternal Flame (approx. half a mile away); Duval County (approx. half a mile away); Site of Cow Ford (approx. 0.6 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Jacksonville.
 
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Credits. This page was last revised on February 7, 2019. This page originally submitted on February 7, 2019, by Tim Fillmon of Webster, Florida. This page has been viewed 53 times since then. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on February 7, 2019, by Tim Fillmon of Webster, Florida. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page.
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