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Fort Walton Beach in Okaloosa County, Florida — The American South (South Atlantic)
 

Preserving and Protecting the Mound

 
 
Preserving and Protecting the Mound Marker image. Click for full size.
By Mark Hilton, October 29, 2016
1. Preserving and Protecting the Mound Marker
Inscription.
Preserving the Mound
Florida is home to a rich variety of cultural resources that represent our society. Many significant archaeological sites, like the Fort Walton Temple Mound, are in public ownership.

The preservation of the temple mound was assured in 1959 when Thomas & Louise Brooks and William & Sarah Frances Brooks Pryor generously donated the mound to the City of Fort Walton. Additional proof of this community's commitment to protect the mound came in 1964 when it was placed on The National Register of Historic Places as a National Historic Landmark.

With the mound land acquired, the dream of a permanent museum was approaching reality. In 1971, The Indian Temple Mound Museum opened its doors to the public.

In 1976 the Florida Bicentennial Trail began here at the Fort Walton Temple Mound.

Protecting the Mound
The Fort Walton Temple Mound is considered a sacred area by today's Native Americans and is often the site of ceremonial activities.

Today the temple mound is in danger and needs our help to survive. You can help preserve the Fort Walton Temple Mound by enjoying your view of the mound, but please remember to take nothing but photographs. This archaeological site is protected by the National Government, the State of Florida and the City of
Marker with Indian Temple Mound in background. image. Click for full size.
By Mark Hilton, October 29, 2016
2. Marker with Indian Temple Mound in background.
Fort Walton Beach.

Much of the living area which surrounded the mound is now underneath downtown Fort Walton Beach and remains unexamined. For now, the Fort Walton Temple Mound will remain a time capsule of information for future archaeologists and historians to study.

Photo Captions
Large photo - Former Temple Mound Museum building at foot of mound.
Top left photo inset - Stone Knife Blade with Rehafted Handle - Archaic Time Period (6500 - 1000 B.C.)
Bottom left photo inset - Rim Effigy, Opossum Mississippian Time Period (A.D. 1000-1500) Fort Walton Culture
Middle inset photo - Bolen Point Paleo Period (12,000-6500 B.C.)

 
Erected by the Community Redevelopment Agency.
 
Location. 30° 24.255′ N, 86° 36.413′ W. Marker is in Fort Walton Beach, Florida, in Okaloosa County. Marker can be reached from the intersection of Miracle Strip Parkway SE and Eglin Parkway SE. Touch for map. Located at the City of Fort Walton Beach Indian Temple Mound and Museum and the Heritage Park and Cultural Center. Marker is at or near this postal address: 139 Miracle Strip Parkway SE, Fort Walton Beach FL 32548, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 5 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies
1965 National Historic Landmark plaque. image. Click for full size.
By Public Domain, 2007
3. 1965 National Historic Landmark plaque.
Below it is a plaque recognizing the 1961 donation of Temple Mound land to the City of Fort Walton Beach by William C. & S. Frances Brooks Pryor.
. Okaloosa County Desert Storm Memorial (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Indianola Inn, An Indian Midden Mound, and Civil War Cannons (about 800 feet away); XM-800 Armored Reconnaisance Scout Vehicle (approx. 5 miles away); AGM-28 Houndog Missile (approx. 5 miles away); B-52 Stratofortress (approx. 5 miles away); SR-71 Blackbird (approx. 5 miles away); MH-53M Pave Low IV (approx. 5 miles away); Bernard A. Schriever Plaza (approx. 5 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Fort Walton Beach.
 
Regarding Preserving and Protecting the Mound. In 1962 the Indian Temple Mound Museum opened as the first municipally owned and operated museum in the State of Florida.
 
Also see . . .  Wikipedia article on the Fort Walton Mound. (Submitted on October 30, 2016, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama.)
 
Categories. AnthropologyCemeteries & Burial SitesLandmarksNative Americans
 
A reconstructed temple structure can just be seen atop the mound. image. Click for full size.
By Mark Hilton, October 29, 2016
4. A reconstructed temple structure can just be seen atop the mound.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on October 30, 2016. This page originally submitted on October 30, 2016, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama. This page has been viewed 154 times since then and 48 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on October 30, 2016, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama.
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