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Lake City in Columbia County, Florida — The American South (South Atlantic)
 

Alligator

 
 
Alligator Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Mike Stroud, June 29, 2012
1. Alligator Marker
Inscription.  Originally called Alpata Telophka, or Alligator Town, this site was a Seminole village, ruled by the powerful chief Alligator, an instigator of the Dade Massacre, which began the great Seminole War of 1835. Following the cessation of hostilities, a white settlement sprang up on the site of the old Seminole village and became known simply as Alligator. Prior to the War Between the States, the name was changed to Lake City.
 
Erected 1961 by Florida Board of Parks and Historic Memorials. (Marker Number F-68.)
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Notable Places. A significant historical year for this entry is 1835.
 
Location. 30° 11.401′ N, 82° 38.221′ W. Marker is in Lake City, Florida, in Columbia County. Marker is at the intersection of Marion Street (SR 47) (U.S. 441) and NW Orange Street, on the right when traveling north on Marion Street (SR 47). Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Lake City FL 32025, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Confederate Monument (a few steps from this marker); Apalachee Trail (a few steps from this marker); All Gave Some Some Gave All
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(within shouting distance of this marker); World War II Memorial (within shouting distance of this marker); World War I Memorial (within shouting distance of this marker); Columbia County Korean Conflict Memorial (within shouting distance of this marker); Vietnam Veteran Memorial (within shouting distance of this marker); 9-11 Never Forget (within shouting distance of this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Lake City.
 
Related markers. Click here for a list of markers that are related to this marker.
 
Also see . . .  Lake City, Florida. 1859 - The name was changed because the mayor's wife, who had recently moved to the town, refused to hang her lace curtains in a town named Alligator.
Wikipedia entry. (Submitted on July 23, 2012, by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina.) 
 
Alligator Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Mike Stroud, June 29, 2012
2. Alligator Marker
Alligator Marker along Marion Street US 441 (SR 47), at NW Orange Street image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Mike Stroud, June 29, 2012
3. Alligator Marker along Marion Street US 441 (SR 47), at NW Orange Street
(Old) Billy Bowlegs, aka Chief Alligator, Seminole image. Click for full size.
Wikipedia, via History of the Indian tribes of North America
4. (Old) Billy Bowlegs, aka Chief Alligator, Seminole
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on October 12, 2020. It was originally submitted on July 21, 2012, by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina. This page has been viewed 1,379 times since then and 40 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on July 22, 2012, by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina.   4. submitted on July 23, 2012, by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina.

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