“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
Sanderson in Baker County, Florida — The American South (South Atlantic)

Highway Through Time

Highway Through Time Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Brandon D Cross, June 21, 2020
1. Highway Through Time Marker
Did you know the first people in North Florida lived here 10,000 years ago?


The Timucuans were the Native Floridians living in north and central Florida when the Europeans arrived in 1562. Powerful and wealthy Timucuans tattooed their bodies with geometric designs. The higher ranks had more tattoos. Timucuans mastered the arts of hunting, fishing and preserving meat.

Battle of Olustee

Battle of Olustee – One of the bloodiest battles of the Civil War.
On February 20, 1864, in a pine forest within the Osceola, Union and Confederate soldiers clashed in the Battle of Olustee. The battle raged for five hours; then Union forces began a hasty retreat. Confederate cavalrymen pushed them until dark, over 2,800 men were killed. Confederates won the battle, but eventually lost the Civil War. The echoes of a battle long ago take on new life every year at the annual reenactment during President’s Day weekend in February.

Olustee Train Depot

Built in 1888, the Olustee Train Depot was the
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hub of this rural north Florida community. Today, after its rehabilitation, it is a national forest information and interpretive center.

Turpentining, A Way of Life

Through the mid 1900s, sap collected to make turpentine became the ingredient for many industrial products including varnish, paint thinner and soap. The Osceola National Forest was a research lab where turpentining techniques were developed and improved . Turpentining was a way of life in this area up to the 1950s.

The Past is Everywhere
Look around you! Thousands of years of history lie beneath your feet.

Please remember that cultural resources belong to everyone and it is unlawful to remove them from federal land.
Erected by Osceola National Forest.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Industry & CommerceNative AmericansRailroads & StreetcarsSettlements & SettlersWar, US Civil.
Location. 30° 15.206′ N, 82° 24.156′ W. Marker is in Sanderson, Florida, in Baker County. Marker can be reached from Interstate 10 at milepost 318,, 0.6 miles west of 17 Mile Camp Road, on the right when traveling east. Marker located at the
Highway Through Time Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Brandon D Cross, June 21, 2020
2. Highway Through Time Marker
Osceola Forest Rest Area. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Sanderson FL 32087, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 3 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. A Bloody Massacre (approx. 2.4 miles away); The Battle Rages (approx. 2˝ miles away); Hold That Line (approx. 2˝ miles away); Confusion Under Fire (approx. 2˝ miles away); The Battle Intensifies (approx. 2.6 miles away); Retreat (approx. 2.6 miles away); Cries and Cheers (approx. 2.7 miles away); Fight or Die (approx. 2.7 miles away).
Credits. This page was last revised on November 15, 2020. It was originally submitted on November 13, 2020, by Brandon D Cross of Flagler Beach, Florida. This page has been viewed 177 times since then and 64 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on November 13, 2020, by Brandon D Cross of Flagler Beach, Florida. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page.

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