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Okeechobee in Okeechobee County, Florida — The American South (South Atlantic)
 

Okeechobee County

 
 
Okeechobee County Marker image. Click for full size.
By PaulwC3, March 16, 2014
1. Okeechobee County Marker
Inscription.  

Okeechobee County was formed Aug. 7, 1917, from St. Lucie, Osceola and Palm Beach Counties. Long a haunt of the Seminoles, the area saw almost no white penetration until the 2nd Seminole War, 1835-42. Much fighting occurred in the county during the war including the Battle of Lake Okeechobee on Dec. 25, 1837. The county has become a major truck crop area. The vicious 1928 hurricane led to flood control on the Lake.
 
Erected 1961 by Florida Board of Parks and Historic Memorials. (Marker Number F-59.)
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Political Subdivisions. A significant historical date for this entry is August 7, 1941.
 
Location. 27° 14.697′ N, 80° 49.967′ W. Marker is in Okeechobee, Florida, in Okeechobee County. Marker is on Northwest 2nd St west of Northwest 3rd Avenue, on the right when traveling west. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 304 Northwest 2nd St, Okeechobee FL 34972, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 6 other markers are within 15 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. First United Methodist Church of Okeechobee, Florida (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct
WIde view of the Okeechobee County Marker image. Click for full size.
By PaulwC3, March 16, 2014
2. WIde view of the Okeechobee County Marker
The marker stands at the main entrance of the Okeechobee County Courthouse in Okeechobee.
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line); Peter and Louisiana Chandler Raulerson Log Cabin Historic Site (approx. 0.7 miles away); Tantie School House #14 (approx. 2 miles away); Peter And Louisiana Chandler Raulerson Gravesite (approx. 3 miles away); Battle of Okeechobee (approx. 3˝ miles away); Historic Basinger Cemetery (approx. 14.7 miles away).
 
Also see . . .  U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Jacksonville District: Lake Okeechobee and the Herbert Hoover Dike. (Submitted on March 25, 2014, by PaulwC3 of Northern, Virginia.)
 
The site of the Battle of Lake Okeechobee image. Click for full size.
By PaulwC3, March 16, 2014
3. The site of the Battle of Lake Okeechobee
Once Florida swamplands at the time of the battle, it was drained and used for cattle grazing. The land is now being preserved as the Okeechobee Battlefield Historic State Park.
Panorama of Lake Okeechobee image. Click for full size.
By PaulwC3, March 16, 2014
4. Panorama of Lake Okeechobee
The 730 square mile body of water is held back by the 143 mile, 30 foot high Herbert Hoover Dike, in the foreground.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on December 4, 2020. It was originally submitted on March 25, 2014, by PaulwC3 of Northern, Virginia. This page has been viewed 663 times since then and 4 times this year. Last updated on March 25, 2014, by Tim Fillmon of Webster, Florida. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on March 25, 2014, by PaulwC3 of Northern, Virginia. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page.
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