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Story of the Fort Walton Temple Mound

 
 
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By Tim Fillmon, August 7, 2018
1. Story of the Fort Walton Temple Mound Marker
Inscription.  You are looking at a hill of earth which is the original temple mound built by the Prehistoric People living here between A.D. 700 and A.D. 1500. It is thought to be one of the largest human-made prehistoric earthworks on salt water.

The temple mound was once the center of a city. The Mound Builders had no beasts of burden or wheeled vehicles, so mounds were built entirely by hand. It was built at this location because there was a source of reliable fresh water and readily available seafood.

It was constructed in stages over time as each leader had a new temple structure built, which added height to the mound.

The Mound Builders lived mostly during the Mississippian Time Period (A.D. 1000-1500).

From excavations, it is known that a building existed at this location during prehistoric times. The temple replica was created in 1976 to represent the possible size and shape of the structure once at this site. The roof was made to resemble thatch, but is actually cement, designed to withstand heave winds.
 
Erected by Community Redevelopment Agency.
 
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By Tim Fillmon, August 7, 2018
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marker is listed in these topic lists: Anthropology & ArchaeologyNative Americans. A significant historical year for this entry is 700.
 
Location. 30° 24.248′ N, 86° 36.412′ W. Marker is in Fort Walton Beach, Florida, in Okaloosa County. Marker can be reached from Miracle Strip Parkway Southeast (U.S. 98) just east of Eglin Parkway Southeast (Florida Route 85), on the right when traveling west. Marker is near the entrance to the museum. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 139 Miracle Strip Pkwy Southeast, Fort Walton Beach FL 32548, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Preserving and Protecting the Mound (a few steps from this marker); Fort Walton (within shouting distance of this marker); 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 700 feet away); Bud & Dorie Day Patriots' Trail (approx. 0.8 miles away); The Mistys (approx. 0.9 miles away); Prisoner of War (approx. 0.9 miles away); Dorie's POW Negotiations (approx. 0.9 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Fort Walton Beach.
 
Also see . . .  Indian Temple Mound Museum. (Submitted on May 25, 2020, by Tim Fillmon of Webster, Florida.)
 
Fort Walton Temple Mound Entrance with Mound in Background image. Click for full size.
By Tim Fillmon, August 7, 2018
3. Fort Walton Temple Mound Entrance with Mound in Background
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on May 25, 2020. It was originally submitted on May 24, 2020, by Tim Fillmon of Webster, Florida. This page has been viewed 66 times since then and 4 times this year. Photos:   1. submitted on May 24, 2020, by Tim Fillmon of Webster, Florida.   2, 3. submitted on May 25, 2020, by Tim Fillmon of Webster, Florida. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page.

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