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Blountstown in Calhoun County, Florida — The American South (South Atlantic)
 

Abe Springs Bluff Courthouse

 
 
Abe Springs Bluff Courthouse Marker Side 1 image. Click for full size.
By Tim Fillmon, August 1, 2013
1. Abe Springs Bluff Courthouse Marker Side 1
Inscription.  
Side 1
Abe Springs Bluff was Calhoun County's second county seat -- from 1849 to 1880. About 4/10 mile west of here, at a remote location overlooking the Chipola River, stood the one-story wood frame courthouse that housed county courts and offices for over three decades, including the turbulent period surrounding the Civil War.
Earlier, St. Joseph had served as the original county seat from the time Calhoun County was created in 1838 until the coastal boom town was destroyed by a yellow fever epidemic and a hurricane in the early 1840s. For a time thereafter the county actually had no seat of government.
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Side 2
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From 1845 to 1847 the Florida Legislature tried unsuccessfully to re-establish a county seat. Finally, in 1848 Calhoun Countians voted on proposed locations and, the following January, Abe Springs Bluff -- a more centrally located inland site -- was officially declared the county seat.
Unlike its ill-fated predecessor, Abe Springs Bluff never was a true community -- just a courthouse site. In 1880 the Abe Springs Bluff courthouse was
Abe Springs Bluff Courthouse Marker Side 2 image. Click for full size.
By Tim Fillmon, August 1, 2013
2. Abe Springs Bluff Courthouse Marker Side 2
destroyed by fire and the county seat was moved to the new community of Blountstown on the Apalachicola River.
 
Erected 1993 by The Florida Department of State. (Marker Number F-347.)
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Settlements & Settlers.
 
Location. 30° 23.39′ N, 85° 9.062′ W. Marker is in Blountstown, Florida, in Calhoun County. Marker is at the intersection of County Route 275 and Abe Springs Road, on the right when traveling south on County Route 275. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Blountstown FL 32424, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 18 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. M & B Railroad (approx. 7.4 miles away); "Old Blountstown" Courthouse (approx. 7.4 miles away); Blunt Reservation and Fields (approx. 7.4 miles away); Cochranetown - Corakko Talofv (approx. 7.4 miles away); Governor Fuller Warren (approx. 8.8 miles away); Richards Cemetery (approx. 12.1 miles away); Altha Methodist Church (approx. 12˝ miles away); Torreya Tree (approx. 17.7 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Blountstown.
 
Also see . . .  Calhoun County History. (Submitted on February 19, 2021, by Tim Fillmon of Webster, Florida.)
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on February 19, 2021. It was originally submitted on February 19, 2021, by Tim Fillmon of Webster, Florida. This page has been viewed 40 times since then. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on February 19, 2021, by Tim Fillmon of Webster, Florida.
 
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Mar. 5, 2021