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Florida Facts and Figures

Gleaned from the Historical Marker Database

 

on February 3, 2023

 
1876 artwork by Henry Mitchell, via Wikipedia Commons

 Florida ranks tenth among states and provinces with markers in this database. Florida is a state in the United States of America located in the American South. It is also in the South Atlantic region. Florida is some 66 thousand square miles in size with a population of around 21.5 million people. The state is divided into 67 counties and all of them have entries in this database. In Florida we have discovered historical markers in 482 cities and towns lying in 601 different ZIP Codes.

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There are at least 4,733 historical markers in Florida, by our count. We have cataloged 4,726 historical markers and 952 war memorials—each individually presented on 5,447 illustrated, annotated, and searchable pages of the Historical Marker Database. Pages for historical markers from this state make up 2.5% of our total. In addition, we are reasonably certain of another seven historical markers in Florida that we don’t yet have, and instead show on our Want List. Our correspondents have been finding and adding hundreds of markers a month to the database from all over the world, so next time you visit this page you will probably find that the numbers here have changed.

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The first Florida marker in the database, Asa Philip Randolph, was added April 27, 2007. It was photographed in Crescent City in Putnam County and was erected in 2005. The last one added was submitted on February 2, 2023, and titled Ashton. It is in St Cloud in Osceola County. Keeping in mind that the erection date of many markers in the database is not known, the earliest historical marker we know of in Florida was erected in 1866. It was this one: Navy Club of Key West Monument, and one of our correspondents found it in Key West in Monroe County on July 12, 2015.

Florida Historical Topics
1,112 • Settlements and Settlers
707 • Industry and Commerce
575 • African Americans
482 • Waterways and Vessels
406 • Military
405 • Education
393 • Churches and Religion
385 • Parks and Recreational Areas
384 • Architecture
368 • World War II
    ... and others ...

Floridians don’t want to forget their Settlements and Settlers history. How do we know? Because there are more historical markers in the database from Florida about Settlements and Settlers—1,112 of them—than about any other historical topic. It is followed by Industry and Commerce with 707 markers.

The first marker added to the database with the Settlements and Settlers topic was Mc Neil Homestead 1882, added January 10, 2008. It had been erected near New Port Richey in Pasco County. The last one submitted also was submitted on February 2, 2023, and titled Ashton. It had been erected in St Cloud in Osceola County. The earliest marker erected with the Settlements and Settlers topic that we have listed was erected in 1924. It is Ribault Monument, found in Jacksonville in Duval County on August 27, 2011.

What is the most interesting historical marker in Florida? What we know is that Rosewood, Florida is the most viewed entry in the database from Florida since it was added in 2009. It is located in Rosewood in Levy County. This year so far, the most viewed Floridian entry is located in Carrabelle in Franklin County. It is The Legend of Tate's Hell.

Counties, Cities and Towns

The Florida county with the most historical markers listed in this database is St. Johns County, with 426 of them. It is followed closely by Volusia County with 408 markers. The St. Augustine area of St. Johns County has the highest number of markers within its limits, 404. In Volusia County the area with the most markers, 181, is Daytona Beach.

Historical Markers in These
Florida Counties
426 • St. Johns County
408 • Volusia County
339 • Hillsborough County
316 • Brevard County
248 • Sarasota County
240 • Duval County
206 • Orange County
204 • Leon County
200 • Marion County
191 • Miami-Dade County
    ... and others ...

Checking the database for the city or town in Florida with the most markers we again find St. Augustine at the top of the list with 404 markers in or near it. It is followed by Tampa in Hillsborough County with 278 markers. For the ZIP Code with the most markers it’s 32084 at the top of the list with 358 markers in its delivery area. (ZIP Code 32084 is assigned to Saint Augustine FL including the Saint Augustine Beach delivery area.) It is followed by ZIP Code 34236 with 159 markers. (34236 is assigned to Sarasota FL.)

Historical Markers Near These
Florida Cities and Towns
404 • St. Augustine
278 • Tampa
214 • Jacksonville
201 • Tallahassee
193 • Sarasota
188 • Ocala
181 • Daytona Beach
139 • Pensacola
103 • Gainesville
98 • Sanford
    ... and others ...

Getting back to St. Johns County, the first marker added to the database from there, The Great Cross, was added January 9, 2008. in St. Augustine. The last one submitted was uploaded on January 23, 2023, and is titled Site of Fort Peyton and was erected in 1900, in St. Augustine. The earliest marker erected in St. Johns County that we have listed was erected in 1872. It was St. Augustine Confederate Memorial, found in St. Augustine on September 3, 2011.

Latest entry from Florida. Click to go there
By Diane Murphy
Latest Entry from Florida
“Ashton”

And finally the first, last, and oldest markers from Tampa. The first: Union Raiders Burn Tampa Blockade Runners, was added December 16, 2007. It had been erected in 1990. The last: Cypress Point Park Historic Salt Works Display added on January 29, 2023. The earliest marker erected was erected in 1911: Hillsborough County's Confederate Monument, added on January 12, 2010.

Who Puts Up Historical Markers?

The Florida Division of Historical Resources is currently in charge of the familiar dark blue and white and the older green and gold official historical markers found all over the state. You will also find official markers erected by the Florida Board of Parks and Historic Memorials, a predecessor. We have 933 of their markers in the database. Also, a number of counties have erected historical markers on their streets and roads and within their public areas, as have some cities and towns.

Latest entry from Florida. Click to go there
By Tim Fillmon, December 24, 2016
A Florida Division of Historical Resources Historical Marker

Then there are federal government agencies that put up historical markers, especially in national parks and other areas under their jurisdiction. And finally, there are the numerous public and private organizations and individuals that erect markers. Some do this as a continual endeavor, and others once in a while, to mark something, someone, or someplace they find important or interesting. When one of our correspondents comes across one that satisfies our criteria, we add it to the database.

Off the Beaten Path

You’ll find that even the smallest, least populated, or most rural areas of Florida have been marked with history. Check out Glades County, Lafayette County and Liberty County. We've only found, respectively, 3, 2, and 2 historical markers there. Visiting one or more of these parts of Florida might make for a pleasant road trip, and maybe you’ll discover more historical markers while you’re there. If you do, perhaps you’ll take the time to photograph them and, when you get home, become an HMdb correspondent by adding them to the database. Happy Hunting!

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Feb. 3, 2023