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Florida Facts and Figures

Gleaned from the Historical Marker Database

 

on January 18, 2021

 
1876 artwork by Henry Mitchell, via Wikipedia Commons

 Florida ranks 11th 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 435 cities and towns lying in 545 different ZIP Codes.

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There are at least 3,530 historical markers in Florida, by our count. We have cataloged 3,526 historical markers and 436 war memorials—each individually presented on 3,872 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 four 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.

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 earlier today, and titled Landmark Cypress № 7 — "Rhett Green". It is in Naples in Collier 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
781 • Settlements and Settlers
507 • Industry and Commerce
381 • African Americans
322 • Churches and Religion
311 • Education
288 • Waterways and Vessels
283 • Colonial Era
265 • Architecture
255 • Native Americans
251 • Notable Buildings
    ... 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—781 of them—than about any other historical topic. It is followed by Industry and Commerce with 507 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 was submitted on January 11, 2021, and titled Historic Downtown Titusville. It had been erected in Cape Canaveral in Brevard 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 Dunedin in Pinellas County. It is The American's Creed / In Grateful Remembrance.

Counties, Cities and Towns

The Florida county with the most historical markers listed in this database is St. Johns County, with 363 of them. It is followed by Volusia County with 322 markers. The St. Augustine area of St. Johns County has the highest number of markers within its limits, 345. In Volusia County the area with the most markers, 159, is Daytona Beach.

Historical Markers in These
Florida Counties
363 • St. Johns County
322 • Volusia County
246 • Sarasota County
245 • Hillsborough County
210 • Duval County
196 • Brevard County
168 • Miami-Dade County
147 • Alachua County
121 • Escambia County
119 • Okaloosa 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 345 markers in or near it. It is followed by Tampa in Hillsborough County with 196 markers. For the ZIP Code with the most markers it’s 32084 at the top of the list with 307 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
345 • St. Augustine
196 • Tampa
192 • Sarasota
188 • Jacksonville
159 • Daytona Beach
99 • Gainesville
91 • Pensacola
84 • Tallahassee
67 • Sanford
58 • Melbourne
    ... 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, 2020, and is titled Operation New Dawn, 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 Cosmos Mariner, March 4, 2015
Latest Entry from Florida
“Landmark Cypress № 7 — "Rhett Green"”

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: John F. Kennedy in Tampa added on October 7, 2020. It had been erected in 2013. 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 796 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 Liberty County, Lafayette County and Bradford County. We've only found, respectively, 2, 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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Jan. 18, 2021