“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”

Gulf County Florida Historical Markers

Florida's First Railroad Marker image, Touch for more information
By Tim Fillmon, 1981
Florida's First Railroad Marker
Florida (Gulf County), Port St. Joe — F-21 — Florida's First Railroad
Florida's first railroad was constructed for the Lake Wimico & St. Joseph Canal & Railroad Company. Work began in 1835 and the first train ran in March 1836. The line extended nine miles from St. Joseph to Lake Wimico. The state's first steam . . . — Map (db m129676) HM
Florida (Gulf County), Port St. Joe — Old St. Joseph Cemetery
The fenced portion of Old St. Joseph Cemetery constitutes only a small part of the original burial ground of the city of Old St. Joseph (1835-1841). Mass burial sites of yellow fever victims lie in unmarked graves. The surrounding area was . . . — Map (db m147101) HM
Florida (Gulf County), Port St. Joe — F-119 — St. Joseph Confederate Saltworks
A major Confederate saltworks, with daily capacity of 150 bushels, before completion, was located 200 feet north. Brick foundations were salvaged from ruins of the old City of St. Joseph. Salt processed by evaporation of seawater was one of . . . — Map (db m27029) HM
Florida (Gulf County), Port St. Joe — The Florida Constitution1838
This memorial is to commemorate the birth of the State of Florida and the assembling of the first Constitutional Convention of this state convened in a building then standing upon this spot in the Year of our Lord 1838. All men are equal before . . . — Map (db m62107) HM
Florida (Gulf County), St. Joe Beach — F-115 — Fort CrèvecoeurFort Crèvecoeur Abandoned
(Front): In 1717, on this site, the French began erecting Fort Crèvecoeur within Spanish domain. On February 8, 1718, Jean-Baptiste Lémoyne de Bienville, acting Governor of Louisiana, dispatched his brother, Lémoyne de Châteagué to complete . . . — Map (db m8164) HM
Florida (Gulf County), Wewahitchka — Gulf County Old Courthouse
The South Portion of Calhoun County was cut out in 1925 to form Gulf County. Wewahitchka was chosen as the county seat. The first county business was transacted in a local business house until this court house was built in 1927, and served until the . . . — Map (db m101782) HM
Florida (Gulf County), Wewahitchka — St. Joseph and Iola Railroad
Third Steam railroad in Florida. Began operations in May, 1839. Built to transport cotton from Iola, located at Tennessee Bluff on the Apalachicola River, to the city of St. Joseph, 28 miles distant. The gauge was five feet. Baldwin locomotives . . . — Map (db m129675) HM
Florida (Gulf County), Wewahitchka — Wewahitchka Centennial1875-1975
(side 1) Fort Place, or Richard's Fort, five miles south, erected in the early 1800's is considered as the forerunner of Wewahitchka. People lived in the area earlier. Wewahitchka (Indian name for water eyes), first permanent settlement in . . . — Map (db m101420) HM

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Jun. 2, 2020