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Florida Facts and Figures

Gleaned from the Historical Marker Database

 

on January 25, 2022

 
1876 artwork by Henry Mitchell, via Wikipedia Commons

 Florida ranks tenth among states and provinces with markers in this database. The United States of America 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 464 cities and towns lying in 569 different ZIP Codes.

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There are at least 4,150 historical markers in Florida, by our count. We have cataloged 4,139 historical markers and 615 war memorials—each individually presented on 4,625 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 eleven 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 January 19, 2022, and titled Wild Cow Prairie Cemetery. It is near Bushnell in Sumter County and had been erected in 2020. 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
918 • Settlements and Settlers
606 • Industry and Commerce
476 • African Americans
404 • Waterways and Vessels
358 • Education
354 • Churches and Religion
347 • Colonial Era
339 • Architecture
303 • Native Americans
299 • Military
    ... 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—918 of them—than about any other historical topic. It is followed by Industry and Commerce with 606 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 January 19, 2022, and titled Wild Cow Prairie Cemetery. It had been erected in 2020 near Bushnell in Sumter 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 DeFuniak Springs in Walton County. It is Cosson Family Tragedy.

Counties, Cities and Towns

The Florida county with the most historical markers listed in this database is St. Johns County, with 415 of them. It is followed closely by Volusia County with 383 markers. The St. Augustine area of St. Johns County has the highest number of markers within its limits, 393. In Volusia County the area with the most markers, 163, is Daytona Beach.

Historical Markers in These
Florida Counties
415 • St. Johns County
383 • Volusia County
269 • Brevard County
253 • Hillsborough County
248 • Sarasota County
234 • Duval County
178 • Miami-Dade County
170 • Escambia County
165 • Alachua County
135 • Seminole 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 393 markers in or near it. It is followed by Jacksonville in Duval County with 208 markers. For the ZIP Code with the most markers it’s 32084 at the top of the list with 352 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
393 • St. Augustine
208 • Jacksonville
201 • Tampa
193 • Sarasota
163 • Daytona Beach
139 • Pensacola
103 • Tallahassee
100 • Gainesville
95 • Starke
90 • 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 December 28, 2021, and is titled Tinajónes, 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 Tim Fillmon, January 19, 2022
Latest Entry from Florida
“Wild Cow Prairie Cemetery”

And finally the first, last, and oldest markers from Jacksonville. The first: Yellow Bluff Fort, was added July 23, 2010. It had been erected in 1950. The last: Historic Manhattan Beach, Florida added on May 26, 2021. It had been erected in 2019. The earliest marker erected was erected in 1898: Confederate Memorial 1861-1865, added on September 26, 2012.

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 853 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, Liberty County and Lafayette 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!

Jan. 25, 2022