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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). Touch 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 12 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˝ miles away); Falling Creek Falls (approx. 5.1 miles away); A Bargaining Chip
Alligator Marker image. Click for full size.
By Mike Stroud, June 29, 2012
2. Alligator Marker
(approx. 5.1 miles away); Falling Creek Methodist Church and Cemetery (approx. 5.4 miles away); Florida’s Original Tourist Destination (approx. 12 miles away); Wars and Conflicts in White Springs (approx. 12 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Lake City.
 
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Also see . . .
1. 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.) 

2. City of Lake City history. 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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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
(Old) Billy Bowlegs, aka Chief Alligator, Seminole image. Click for full size.
Wikipedia, via History of the Indian tribes of North America
4. (Old) Billy Bowlegs, aka Chief Alligator, Seminole
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on July 31, 2017. This page originally submitted on July 21, 2012, by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina. This page has been viewed 826 times since then and 54 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on July 22, 2012, by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina.   4. submitted on July 23, 2012, by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina.
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