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Wakulla Springs in Wakulla County, Florida — The American South (South Atlantic)
 

Edward Ball

1888-1981

 
 
Edward Ball Marker image. Click for full size.
By Cosmos Mariner, March 10, 2015
1. Edward Ball Marker
Inscription.  Industrialist, naturalist, conservationist, who for forty years preserved and maintained the amenities of Wakulla Springs in their natural state, thus establishing a heritage for the preservation of these resources for the continued enjoyment and pleasure of those who follow.

Dedicated in memory of Edward Ball
by the State of Florida
Department of Natural Resources
Division of Recreation and Parks
May 1987

 
Erected 1987 by State of Florida Department of Natural Resources, Division of Recreation and Parks.
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: EnvironmentParks & Recreational Areas.
 
Location. 30° 14.082′ N, 84° 18.113′ W. Marker is in Wakulla Springs, Florida, in Wakulla County. Marker can be reached from Wakulla Park Drive half a mile north of Wakulla Springs Road (State Highway 61). Marker is located on the north side of the Wakulla Springs Lodge, overlooking Wakulla Springs, within Edward Ball Wakulla Springs State Park. Touch for map
Edward Ball Marker image. Click for full size.
By Cosmos Mariner, March 10, 2015
2. Edward Ball Marker
(Wakulla Springs in background)
. Marker is at or near this postal address: 550 Wakulla Park Drive, Crawfordville FL 32327, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 8 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. A Point in Prehistory (within shouting distance of this marker); Wakulla Springs Archaeological & Historic District (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Supplies Are Low (approx. 4 miles away); Tallahassee - St. Marks Railroad (approx. 7.6 miles away); Fort St. Marks Military Cemetery (approx. 7.9 miles away); Princess Malee "Milly" Francis (approx. 7.9 miles away); San Marcos de Apalache (approx. 7.9 miles away); a different marker also named San Marcos de Apalache (approx. 7.9 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Wakulla Springs.
 
Also see . . .  Edward Gresham Ball (Wikipedia). Wakulla Springs is one of the deepest and largest freshwater springs in the world. Ball purchased 4,000 acres surrounding Wakulla Springs in 1937 and constructed the Wakulla Springs Lodge as a guest house. In the mid-1960s, he donated land to Florida State University for a marine laboratory, which was completed in 1968 and named in his honor. Ball then sold the remaining land surrounding Wakulla Springs to the state of Florida, who created Edward Ball Wakulla Springs State Park. (Submitted on July 18, 2020, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.) 
 
Acknowledgement Plaque<br>(<i>located near Wakulla Springs Lodge</i>) image. Click for full size.
By Cosmos Mariner, March 10, 2015
3. Acknowledgement Plaque
(located near Wakulla Springs Lodge)
The Edward Ball Wakulla Springs State Park was acquired from the Nemours Foundation by the State of Florida in July 1986 with the generous and indispensable assistance of the Northwest Florida Water Management District and the Nature Conservancy, Inc.
State of Florida
Department of Natural Resources
Division of Recreation and Parks
Edward Ball Wakulla Springs State Park image. Click for full size.
By Cosmos Mariner, March 10, 2015
4. Edward Ball Wakulla Springs State Park
(turn here to access marker)
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on July 18, 2020. It was originally submitted on July 16, 2020, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida. This page has been viewed 54 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on July 18, 2020, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.
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