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Milton in Santa Rosa County, Florida — The American South (South Atlantic)
 

Blackwater Landing / Blackwater River Shipwrecks

 
 
Blackwater Landing Marker image. Click for full size.
By Mark Hilton, November 17, 2016
1. Blackwater Landing Marker
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Blackwater Landing

Blackwater River was first named Rio Del Almirante by Spanish explorers in the late 17th century. During Pensacola’s British Period (1763-1781) it was called Middle River because of its location between the Yellow River to the east and the Escambia River to the west. In 1821, the river became known as Blackwater River because of its dark-colored water. In the 1830s, Blackwater Landing included the present-day cities of Milton and Bagdad. The City of Milton, which became the hub of the Blackwater River’s lumber trade during the 1800s because of the river’s prominent bluffs, was incorporated in 1844. Lumbermen referred to these bluffs as Blackwater Landing, Scratch Ankle, and Mill Town. Logs felled up river were floated in rafts to Blackwater Landing where they were loaded on barges and schooners for shipment around the world. Each day Blackwater Landing’s docks were busy with local lumbermen, farmers, textile workers, and manufacturers who sold their goods to brokers from the Southeast and overseas ports. These goods included such items as bricks, lumber, buckets, marine parts,
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By Mark Hilton, November 17, 2016
2. Blackwater River Shipwrecks Marker
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sashes, textiles, fresh produce, and raw cotton. This trade helped make Blackwater Landing a major hub of commerce for Northwest Florida.
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Blackwater River Shipwrecks

The advent of steam power around 1800 allowed cargo ships to travel farther up rivers and inlets, which resulted in an economic boom to Northwest Florida’s inland towns. From them, merchandise was loaded onto ocean-going sailing ships and steamers for shipment around the world. When local vessels reached the end of their useful life, they were often scuttled and burnt to the water line. Remains of at least 15 commercial vessels are located in the Blackwater River near Milton and Bagdad. The Bethune Blackwater Schooner, located near the former Morton Brickyard and Mill, is well-preserved, with nearly its entire hull intact. Other shipwrecks include the Cedar Wreck in Wright Basin and the Snapper Ketch above Bagdad’s Shipyard Point. The most visible shipwrecks are located in Shield’s Cove near the historic Bay Point Mill. Ships sunk here, including the Palafox, Dinty Moore, George T. Locke and Guanacastle, transported lumber. In the 1920s, the passenger steamer City of Tampa caught fire, and was pushed from the Bay Point docks and sank in Blackwater Bay. These and other shipwrecks
Blackwater River flowing next to marker area. image. Click for full size.
By Mark Hilton, November 17, 2016
3. Blackwater River flowing next to marker area.
are part of Santa Rosa County’s vibrant maritime heritage that made this region a center of commerce from the late 1800s through the 1930s.
A Florida Heritage Site

 
Erected 2012 by The Blackwater Pyrates and the Florida Department of State. (Marker Number F-755.)
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: ExplorationIndustry & CommerceWaterways & Vessels. A significant historical year for this entry is 1821.
 
Location. 30° 37.35′ N, 87° 2.098′ W. Marker is in Milton, Florida, in Santa Rosa County. Marker is on Willing Street 0.1 miles south of U.S. 90, on the left when traveling south. Located at the Milton Riverwalk. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 5191 Willing Street, Milton FL 32570, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. The War of Independence (within shouting distance of this marker); Mexican - American War (within shouting distance of this marker); The War Of 1812 (within shouting distance of this marker); Santa Rosa County Veterans Memorial Plaza (within shouting distance of this marker); The Civil War (within shouting distance of this marker); The Spanish – American War (within shouting distance of this marker); Wall of Tears
View of marker towards Highway 90 bridge across the Blackwater River. image. Click for full size.
By Mark Hilton, November 17, 2016
4. View of marker towards Highway 90 bridge across the Blackwater River.
(within shouting distance of this marker); World War II (within shouting distance of this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Milton.
 
Also see . . .
1. Wikipedia article on the Schooner "Bethune Blackwater.". (Submitted on November 17, 2016, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama.)
2. In the Shadow of the Blackwater: The Mystery of the Centerboard Schooner. University of West Florida Maritime Archaeology (Submitted on November 17, 2016, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama.) 
 
View of Marker looking down the Blackwater River. image. Click for full size.
By Mark Hilton, November 17, 2016
5. View of Marker looking down the Blackwater River.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on November 17, 2016. It was originally submitted on November 17, 2016, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama. This page has been viewed 433 times since then and 30 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on November 17, 2016, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama.

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