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By Tim Fillmon, July 30, 2013
"The Great Endurance Run" Marker
Florida (Alachua County), Gainesville — "The Great Endurance Run"
On November 23, 1909, the "Autoists" participating in "The Great Endurance Run" were treated to a gala banquet and overnight stay at "The White House Hotel" which was located at this exact site. This event ended the first day of driving for the . . . — Map (db m68316) HM
Florida (Alachua County), Gainesville — A Cattle EconomyFive Centuries of Ranching on the Prairie
Hacienda de la Chua Organized cattle ranching at the prairie began here in the 1600s. You are standing at the site of the largest ranch in Spanish Florida, Hacienda de Ia Chua (right). Hacienda de la Chua was the main supplier of beef to St. . . . — Map (db m126488) HM
Florida (Alachua County), Gainesville — African Studies
The Center for African Studies was founded in 1964 to expand interdisciplinary instruction, research, and professional exchanges related to Africa. With strong support from UF and longterm U.S. Department of Education funding, it has grown from a . . . — Map (db m135959) HM
Florida (Alachua County), Gainesville — F-809 — Alachua General Hospital
Historic Alachua General Hospital (AGH) stood on this site for nearly 82 years. A county or community-supported venture for much of its history, the hospital served the needs of Alachua County citizens for generations as a respected health care . . . — Map (db m93167) HM
Florida (Alachua County), Gainesville — Alachua Sink
The Alachua Sink, a named likely derived from the Potano word meaning “jug,” is the deepest of Paynes Prairie’s sinkholes and acts as a conduit for water entering the Floridan aquifer at a rate of up to 6 million gallons per day. . . . — Map (db m126294) HM
Florida (Alachua County), Gainesville — F-191 — Alachula County Courthouse
The Alachua County Commission, by authority of the Florida Legislature, selected this site for a courthouse in 1854, moving the county seat from Newnansville. The first courthouse was a frame building completed in 1856. It was demolished on the . . . — Map (db m54997) HM
Florida (Alachua County), Gainesville — Boulware Springs Water Works Building
The Boulware Springs Water Works Building is located directly adjacent to the brick reservoir for the springs, on a site of gently rolling to steep topography at the northern edge of Paynes Prairie. Boulware Springs, free-flowing and . . . — Map (db m70587) HM
Florida (Alachua County), Gainesville — Bryan Hall
Nathan Philemon Bryan was born in Ft. Mason, Florida, in 1872. In 1893 he earned a bachelor’s degree from Emory College, followed in 1895 by a law degree from Washington and Lee University. That year he opened a law practice in Jacksonville, . . . — Map (db m128913) HM
Florida (Alachua County), Gainesville — Capt. Jack R. HarveyUniversity of Florida
The Freedom Tree with the vision of universal freedom for all mankind this tree is dedicated to Capt. Jack R. Harvey and all Prisoners of War and Missing In Action 1973 — Map (db m150528) WM
Florida (Alachua County), Gainesville — Carlos Alvarez1969–1971 — NCAA Football Hall of Fame —
Arguably the best wide receiver to ever come through the University of Florida, Alvarez was named an inductee into the College Football Hall of Fame in 2011, 40 years after he played his final game for the Gators. During his sophomore year, . . . — Map (db m150611) HM
Florida (Alachua County), Gainesville — Century Tower CarillonUniversity of Florida
“Call together those who are studious of all good things both human and divine” The Bells of the Century Tower Carillon were cast in 1976 by Koninklijke Eijsbouts of Asten, the Netherlands, and were first rung . . . — Map (db m151167) HM
Florida (Alachua County), Gainesville — Charles Bachman1928-1932 — NCAA Football Hall of Fame —
In 1928, his first season at the helm for the Gators, Bachman led the team to an 8–1 record, best in school history at that time. He finished his fifth season in 1932 with a career record of 27- 18 -3. Bachman was also Head Coach at . . . — Map (db m150589) HM
Florida (Alachua County), Gainesville — F-794 — Chestnut Funeral Home
The Chestnut family in Gainesville has served the mortuary needs of the African American community in Alachua County since 1914. Charles S. Chestnut, Sr. was a founding member of the Florida Morticians Association in the early 1900s. The business . . . — Map (db m110984) HM
Florida (Alachua County), Gainesville — Children’s Literature CollectionUniversity of Florida
The Baldwin Library of Historical Children’s Literature, consisting of more than 100,000 books written for children since the 17th century, is one of the largest collections of English language children’s books in the world. UF . . . — Map (db m150868) HM
Florida (Alachua County), Gainesville — F-163 — City of Gainesville
Designated the County Seat in 1854, and incorporated as a City in 1869, Gainesville takes its name from General Edmund Gaines, captor of Aaron Burr and commander of U.S. Army troops in Florida during the Second Seminole War. The town was the fourth . . . — Map (db m58133) HM
Florida (Alachua County), Gainesville — Confederate Soldier Memorial(Gainesville, Florida)
(North face) In Memory Of The Confederate Dead 1861 1865 (East face) "They Fell For Us and For Them Should Fall The Tears Of A Nation's Grief." (West face) They Counted The Cost And In Defence . . . — Map (db m54998) WM
Florida (Alachua County), Gainesville — Dale Van Sickel1927-1929 — NCAA Football Hall of Fame —
Dale Van Sickel was a swift and sure-handed receiver on offense and a gifted defensive player during the late 1920s. During his three seasons with the Gators, they won 23 of 29 games and he became Florida’s first All-America and first Hall of . . . — Map (db m150581) HM
Florida (Alachua County), Gainesville — Danny Wuerffel1993-1996 — NCAA Football Hall of Fame —
Perhaps the most decorated player in Florida’s football history, Wuerffel was elected to the College Football Hall of Fame in 2013. He was Florida’s second Heisman Trophy winner in 1996 while quarterbacking the Gators to the consensus National . . . — Map (db m150616) HM
Florida (Alachua County), Gainesville — Devil's MillhopperRegistered Natural Landmark
Devil’s Millhopper has been designated a Registered Natural Landmark This site possesses exceptional value as an illustration of the Nation’s natural heritage and contributes to a better understanding of man’s environment . . . — Map (db m125200) HM
Florida (Alachua County), Gainesville — Doug Dickey1970–1978 — NCAA Football Hall of Fame —
Doug Dickey grew up in Gainesville and played quarterback for the Gators from 1951-53. He began his coaching career at Tennessee, where he coached for six seasons. In 1970, Dickey became the Head Coach for his alma mater and led the Gators to a . . . — Map (db m150608) HM
Florida (Alachua County), Gainesville — F-166 — East Florida Seminary
Founded as the Gainesville Academy before the Civil War and later renamed, the East Florida Seminary served Gainesville's need for higher education until the University of Florida was created by the Florida Legislature in 1905. The Seminary school . . . — Map (db m58007) HM
Florida (Alachua County), Gainesville — Emerson Alumni HallUniversity of Florida
Emerson Alumni Hall is made possible by William “Bill” and Jane Emerson, both of whom epitomize the Gator spirit. Their vision was that “Emerson Alumni Hall assist young people into the future and help many alumni find their way . . . — Map (db m150548) HM
Florida (Alachua County), Gainesville — Emmitt Smith1987–1989 — NCAA Football Hall of Fame —
A unanimous first-team All-America selection, Smith finished seventh in the Heisman Trophy voting in 1989 and ninth in 1987. He was a three-time first-team All-SEC pick, the SEC Player of the Year in 1989 and the SEC Freshman of the year in 1987. . . . — Map (db m150609) HM
Florida (Alachua County), Gainesville — F-805 — Evergreen Cemetery
Evergreen Cemetery, known locally as "This Wondrous Place," began with the burial of a baby girl in 1856. The infant, Elizabeth Thomas, was the daughter of wealthy cotton merchant James T. Thomas and his wife, Elizabeth Jane Hall Thomas. The baby . . . — Map (db m93852) HM
Florida (Alachua County), Gainesville — F-164 — First Gainesville Skirmish / Battle of Gainesville
First Gainesville Skirmish The first Civil War gunfire in Gainesville's streets came on February 15, 1864, when a raiding party of 50 men from the 40th Massachusetts Cavalry entered the City to attempt the capture of two trains. The raid was . . . — Map (db m57122) HM
Florida (Alachua County), Gainesville — Flavet VillagesUniversity of Florida
Known as the GI Bill, the Servicemen’s Readjustment Act of 1944 provided funding for veterans to attend college. Thousands flocked to UF, many bringing spouses and children with them. By 1946, veterans made up nearly two-thirds of the student . . . — Map (db m150566) HM
Florida (Alachua County), Gainesville — Florida 4-H
Head, Heart, Hands, and Health Florida 4-H began as a program to teach farming methods to rural youth and became a community-based program that taught millions of young Floridians how to Learn By Doing. In 1909, UF Dean of Agriculture J.J. . . . — Map (db m135971) HM
Florida (Alachua County), Gainesville — Florida Extension
Since the early 1900s, the University of Florida has been sharing research discoveries and education programs with the people of Florida through its Extension Service. Faculty from the Florida Agricultural Experiment Station organized farmers' . . . — Map (db m93830) HM
Florida (Alachua County), Gainesville — Florida FieldUniversity of Florida
Florida Field Department of Florida Dedicated to those Floridians who made the Supreme Sacrifice in the World War April 6, 1917 — November 11, 1918 The historical record of the names of these Florida men is inscribed . . . — Map (db m151487) WM
Florida (Alachua County), Gainesville — Florida Museum
The Florida Museum traces its roots to the 1890s at Florida Agricultural College in Lake City. In 1906, the collections moved to the UF campus in Gainesville. On May 30, 1917, the Florida State Museum became the state's official natural history . . . — Map (db m134906) HM
Florida (Alachua County), Gainesville — 19 — Forced into ServiceFlorida De Soto Trail — August 13, 1539 —
It’s August 13, 1539… Hernando de Soto and his scouting party are passing through the Indian villages of Utinamocharra located just south of here – My army of more than 700 men follow behind. We will march quickly through . . . — Map (db m126581) HM
Florida (Alachua County), Gainesville — F-201 — Fort Clarke
Near this site was located Fort Clarke, originally a U.S. Army post during the Seminole War, and afterwards a settlement. The name is preserved in nearby Fort Clarke Church. At this site crossed the early settlement and military road connecting the . . . — Map (db m65191) HM
Florida (Alachua County), Gainesville — Gainesville Regional Airport
The City of Gainesville began construction of this airport in April of 1940 as a project of the depression era Works Progress Administration. With WWII looming, construction was taken over by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers in 1941. Initial . . . — Map (db m101411) HM
Florida (Alachua County), Gainesville — Gainesville’s Only Artesian Spring
Located below is Gainesville’s only artesian spring. Tapped directly with a pipe in 1898, the springs provided the City’s only water source for many years. In 1905, Gainesville’s plentiful water supply was used to entice the University of . . . — Map (db m70590) HM
Florida (Alachua County), Gainesville — F-473 — Gainesville's Railroads / Past Railroads of Gainesville
Gainesville's Railroads The coming of the Florida Railroad opened up the interior of Florida for both settlement and trading and helped establish Gainesville. On February 1, 1859 the Florida Railroad entered town and connected Fernandina . . . — Map (db m55038) HM
Florida (Alachua County), Gainesville — Gatorade's Birthplace
Gatorade, the sports drink that started an industry, was invented at the UF College of Medicine by a team of researchers led by Dr. Robert Cade. Gatorade was first field tested in a football scrimmage near this site and was first used in an October . . . — Map (db m120371) HM
Florida (Alachua County), Gainesville — George T. Harrell
George T. Harrell, founding dean of UF's College of Medicine in 1956, was the first individual to organize and open two academic medical centers. A pioneering planner who spent his career working in new medical schools. Harrell's detailed plans . . . — Map (db m135968) HM
Florida (Alachua County), Gainesville — Griffin/Floyd HallUniversity of Florida
Ben Hill Griffin, Jr. (1910-1990), legendary citrus pioneer, rancher, and Florida businessman, was born in Polk County and grew up in Frostproof, Florida. He studied agriculture at the University of Florida but withdrew in 1933 to take over a . . . — Map (db m151060) HM
Florida (Alachua County), Gainesville — Grinter Hall(1902 – 1993) — Unversity of Florida —
Linton Elias Grinter served as the Dean of the Graduate School and Director of Research from 1952 until 1969. He received his doctoral degree in civil engineering from the University of Illinois in 1926 and had a distinguished career as a . . . — Map (db m151283) HM
Florida (Alachua County), Gainesville — Health Professions Pioneer
When the College of Health Related Services opened in 1958, it was the first college of health professions located in an academic health center. Led by Dean Darrel Mase, the college joined the emerging professions of occupational therapy, physical . . . — Map (db m135966) HM
Florida (Alachua County), Gainesville — F-548 — Historic Haile Homestead At Kanapaha Plantation
One of the oldest houses in Alachua County, the Historic Haile Homestead was the home of Thomas Evans Haile, his wife Esther Serena Chesnut Haile and 14 of their children. The Hailes came here from Camden, South Carolina in 1854 to establish a . . . — Map (db m70202) HM
Florida (Alachua County), Gainesville — F-264 — Hogtown Settlement/Fort Hogtown
(Front) Hogtown Settlement Near this site was located Hogtown, one of the earliest settlements in Alachua County. It was originally an Indian village which in 1824 had fourteen inhabitants. Hogtown settlement is also mentioned in . . . — Map (db m150806) HM
Florida (Alachua County), Gainesville — IFAS
In commemoration of the Bicentennial Year of the United States of America, this plaque is dedicated to the faculty and staff of the University of Florida's Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences who since 1884 have served Florida and its . . . — Map (db m135962) HM
Florida (Alachua County), Gainesville — Israel in Your BackyardUniversity of Florida
In the 2008-2009 school year, UF Hillel set out on a mission to educate students at the University of Florida about a side of Israel rarely seen by creating a yearlong initiative to educate students about Israel’s contributions to the . . . — Map (db m151486) HM
Florida (Alachua County), Gainesville — Jack Youngblood1968–1970 — NCAA Football Hall of Fame —
Regarded as the best defensive end in Gator history, Youngblood was named to the All-SEC Team for the decade of the 1970’s. He was a rugged competitor who went on to become an All-Pro star with the Los Angeles Rams after being a first-round draft . . . — Map (db m150607) HM
Florida (Alachua County), Gainesville — James Erik SuhNaval Special Warfare Operator Second Class — Unversity of Florida —
1999 University of Florida graduate and Navy Seal who gave his life to save his fellow Seals during combat Operation Red Wings in support of Operation Enduring Freedom on June 28, 2005 in Kunar Province Afghanistan. This memorial is . . . — Map (db m150456) WM
Florida (Alachua County), Gainesville — James W. Norman HallUniversity of Florida
Raised on a farm called Shady Nook in Hartwell, Georgia, James W. Norman was urged by his father, William, to follow in his footsteps after graduating from high school. “A year between the plow handles never hurt anybody!” his . . . — Map (db m150925) HM
Florida (Alachua County), Gainesville — F-402 — Jesse Johnson Finley
Jesse Johnson Finley was born in Wilson County, Tennessee, November 18, 1812 and educated in Lebanon, Tennessee. After service as a captain in the Seminole War of 1836, he studied law and was admitted to the bar. During a ten year period he served . . . — Map (db m93855) HM
Florida (Alachua County), Gainesville — Jim and Alexis Pugh HallUniversity of Florida
Mr. and Mrs. Pugh are recognized as shinning examples of philanthropy and community development throughout Central Florida. Jim Pugh earned his bachelor’s degree in building construction from the University of Florida in 1963. He then founded . . . — Map (db m151195) HM
Florida (Alachua County), Gainesville — John James Tigert1882 - 1965 — University of Florida —
Dr. Tigert, the third president of the University of Florida, was a native of Nashville. He was Tennessee’s first Rhodes Scholar, graduating from Vanderbilt University, the institution founded by his grandfather. He was serving as U.S. . . . — Map (db m150919) HM
Florida (Alachua County), Gainesville — F-321 — Josiah T. Walls
Born in 1842 to slave parents in Winchester, Va., little is known of Josiah T. Walls' early life. After a short term of Confederate service, he enlisted in the Third Regiment, U.S. Colored Troops in 1863. Transferred to Picolata on the St. Johns . . . — Map (db m55400) HM
Florida (Alachua County), Gainesville — F-735 — Kanapaha Presbyterian Church
In 1857, a group of Sea Island cotton planters from South Carolina who settled near here called an organizational meeting to establish Kanapaha Presbyterian Church. The Reverend William J. McCormick (1821-1883) was recruited from South Carolina to . . . — Map (db m111045) HM
Florida (Alachua County), Gainesville — Keene-Flint HallUniversity of Florida
First known as Science Hall, this building opened in 1910. It housed classes in physics, chemistry, botany, horticulture, zoology, bacteriology and pharmacy. In 1955 the building was renamed Flint Hall in honor of Edward Rawson Flint. Dr. Flint . . . — Map (db m151253) HM
Florida (Alachua County), Gainesville — Krishna LunchUniversity of Florida
On July 29, 1971, A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada, founder of the Hare Krishna Movement, addressed students here and inspired them to start Krishna Lunch. Since then, the Lunch has nourished the UF community with millions of vegetarian . . . — Map (db m151251) HM
Florida (Alachua County), Gainesville — Latin American StudiesUniversity of Florida
Established in 1930 as the institute of Inter-American Affairs, the UF Center for Latin American Studies is the nation’s oldest academic program dedicated to the interdisciplinary study of the Americas. The Plaza of the Americas was dedicated at . . . — Map (db m150874) HM
Florida (Alachua County), Gainesville — Leigh HallUniversity of Florida
Chemistry classes first met in Thomas Hall and then in Keene/Flint Hall (Science Hall). With growing enrollment, more classroom and laboratory space was needed. Construction began in 1925 for a new building for chemistry and pharmacy. It opened . . . — Map (db m151072) HM
Florida (Alachua County), Gainesville — Living Links to Florida's Past
The Spanish explorers brought cattle and horses to Florida when they visited in the 1500s. When the Spanish left, the cattle and horses stayed. Today's cracker cattle and horses are direct descendants of those animals. They are a link to all of the . . . — Map (db m126399) HM
Florida (Alachua County), Gainesville — Major General John R Alison(1912-2011)
John Richardson "Johnny" Alison was born in Micanopy, Florida, on November 12, 1912. He was a highly decorated flying ace and served in both theaters of World War II. Johnny Alison graduated from Gainesville High School in 1931 and the University of . . . — Map (db m101412) HM
Florida (Alachua County), Gainesville — Manning J. Dauer, Jr.University of Florida
Manning Julian Dauer, Jr., a native of Wilmington N.C., received his bachelor’s and master’s degrees from the University of Florida and his doctorate from the University of Illinois. Dr. Dauer began teaching at the University of Florida in 1933 . . . — Map (db m151298) HM
Florida (Alachua County), Gainesville — Marshall M. CriserUniversity of Florida
The eighth president of the University of Florida (1984-1989), Marshall M. Criser led the University to record levels of achievement , including public and private support, research activities and external support for research, and national . . . — Map (db m151104) HM
Florida (Alachua County), Gainesville — Matheson House
Side 1: The Matheson homestead dates from 1857, when Alexander Matheson brought his family from Camden, South Carolina to establish a home on the Sweetwater Branch at the eastern edge of the new town of Gainesville. The present one and a . . . — Map (db m97622) HM
Florida (Alachua County), Gainesville — Mechanic ArtsUniversity of Florida
A curriculum in the mechanic arts, as engineering was known, began at the Florida Agricultural College in Lake City in 1884 and stressed practical knowledge ("…a graduate’s value is not based on what he knows, but what he can do.") Later, a . . . — Map (db m151488) HM
Florida (Alachua County), Gainesville — Military EducationUniversity of Florida
Military education, mandated by the Land-Grant Colleges Act of 1862, is rooted in UF’s earliest history. Drill and rifle instruction were part of every male student’s life. Officer training was offered as elective instruction in 1909. UF became . . . — Map (db m150560) HM WM
Florida (Alachua County), Gainesville — F-585 — Mount Pleasant United Methodist Church
Mount Pleasant Methodist Episcopal Church was founded on July 16, 1867, with the Reverend Isaac Davis serving as the first pastor. The Board of Trustees of the oldest black congregation in Gainesville purchased the lot on which the present church . . . — Map (db m55606) HM
Florida (Alachua County), Gainesville — F-784 — Mt. Carmel Baptist Church
The congregation of the Mt. Carmel Baptist Church first met on May 4, 1896. The church’s original members worshipped in the St. Paul CME Church, and together the congregations bought a parcel of land in 1900 to build a new church. Its construction . . . — Map (db m110982) HM
Florida (Alachua County), Gainesville — F-577 — Mt. Pleasant Cemetery
The Mt. Pleasant Cemetery was established c. 1883 by the Mt. Pleasant Methodist Episcopal Church as a final resting place for its members and other African Americans in the city of Gainesville. Founded in 1867, the church purchased the 5.38-acre . . . — Map (db m55915) HM
Florida (Alachua County), Gainesville — Murphree HallUniversity of Florida
Albert A. Murphree Hall 1939 National Register of Historic Places — Map (db m150876) HM
Florida (Alachua County), Gainesville — Newell HallUniversity of Florida
Born in 1878 in Hull, Iowa, Dr. Wilmon Newell was influential in Florida agriculture from his arrival in this state. His bachelor’s, master’s and Doctor of Science degrees were all from Iowa State College, and in 1937 he received a second . . . — Map (db m151097) HM
Florida (Alachua County), Gainesville — F-679 — Old Stage Road
The Old Stage Road, one of Alachua County’s original highways, passed near here. Dating from the 1820s, it connected the county’s two major towns, Newnansville (once the county seat near present day Alachua) and Micanopy to the south. The road . . . — Map (db m67689) HM
Florida (Alachua County), Gainesville — Peabody HallUniversity of Florida
In 1912, the George Peabody Education Fund, a foundation that supported education in the South, granted $40,000 for the construction of a Teacher’s College building. Peabody Hall was completed the following year and the College of Education . . . — Map (db m150875) HM
Florida (Alachua County), Gainesville — Ralph D. TurlingtonStatesman And Educator — Unversity of Florida —
A native of Gainesville and University of Florida Alumnus [B.S.B.A., 1942], Ralph D. Turlington represented Alachua County in the Florida House of Representatives for 24 years [1950-74], serving as Speaker of the House 1967-68. Appointed . . . — Map (db m151249) HM
Florida (Alachua County), Gainesville — Ray Graves1960-1969 — NCAA Football Hall of Fame —
Ray Graves served as the Gators’ Head Coach from 1960-69. During that time frame, he compiled a 70-31-4, then the standard for most wins (70) in school history for a head coach. Graves led Florida to winning records in nine of his 10 seasons at . . . — Map (db m150596) HM
Florida (Alachua County), Gainesville — Robert C. Williamson HallUniversity of Florida
Born on November 2, 1887, Robert Crozier Williamson earned his Ph.D. from the University of Wisconsin in 1923 with a thesis titled “The Ionization of Potassium Vapor by Light.” He served as chair of the Physics Department at the . . . — Map (db m151075) HM
Florida (Alachua County), Gainesville — Robert Marston Science Library
Born in 1923, Robert Quaries Marston was raised and educated in Virginia. At only 20 he earned a bachelor's degree from the Virginia Military Institute, followed by an M.D. from the Medical College of Virginia. A Rhodes Scholar, he distinguished . . . — Map (db m135958) HM
Florida (Alachua County), Gainesville — Rolfs HallUniversity of Florida
Rolfs Hall was designed by Rudolph Weaver, architect for the Florida Board of Control, and was completed in 1927. Originally known as the Horticulture Building. it housed the administrative offices of the University’s agricultural programs as . . . — Map (db m150921) HM
Florida (Alachua County), Gainesville — F-492 — Roper Park / Old City Park
Roper Park is the original site of the parade grounds and barracks for the East Florida Seminary, a non-sectarian educational institution and a forerunner of the University of Florida, which was located in Gainsville in part due to the . . . — Map (db m55994) HM
Florida (Alachua County), Gainesville — F-705 — Serenola Plantation
(side 1) In 1857, David Rogerson Williams II (1822-1907) of Darlington Co., SC, purchased 1,000 acres, including this site bordering Paynes Prarie, and developed them as a plantation known as "Serenola." The 1860 census shows 120 slaves . . . — Map (db m67687) HM
Florida (Alachua County), Gainesville — F-684 — Shady Grove Primitive Baptist Church and Porters Quarters
Shady Grove Primitive Baptist Church is a landmark in Porters Quarters, one of Gainesville’s oldest and most historic African-American neighborhoods. Dr. Watson Porter, a Canadian physician, established Porters addition to Gainesville in 1884 and . . . — Map (db m150690) HM
Florida (Alachua County), Gainesville — Sledd HallUniversity of Florida
Construction on Sledd Hall began in 1928. Originally known as New Dormitory, it was completed in 1929 and renamed Sledd Hall in 1939. The architect was Rudolph Weaver and the contractor was the Sutton Brothers Company. The original construction . . . — Map (db m151215) HM
Florida (Alachua County), Gainesville — F-165 — Spanish Cattle Ranching
Present-day Gainesville was the center of a large Spanish cattle ranching industry, founded on the labor of native Timuqua Indians, during the 1600s. LaChua, largest of the ranches, was a Spanish corruption of an Indian word, and in turn was . . . — Map (db m72916) HM
Florida (Alachua County), Gainesville — Steve Spurrier1964-1966 — NCAA Football Hall of Fame —
Steve Spurrier was named to the College Football Hall of Fame as a player in 1986 and as a coach in 2017. Spurrier joined Amos Alonzo Stagg, Bobby Dodd and Bowden Wyatt as the only four to be inducted as a player and coach. The 1966 Heisman . . . — Map (db m150592) HM
Florida (Alachua County), Gainesville — Steve Spurrier1990-2001 — NCAA Football Hall of Fame —
Steve Spurrier was named to the College Football Hall of Fame as a player in 1986 and as a coach in 2017. Spurrier joined Amos Alonzo Stagg, Bobby Dodd and Bowden Wyatt as the only four to be inducted as a player and coach. As Florida’s head . . . — Map (db m150631) HM
Florida (Alachua County), Gainesville — F-302 — The Bailey House
This is one of the oldest houses in the city of Gainesville. It was constructed about 1850 by Major James B. Bailey, a prominent citizen of Alachua County. Bailey was a leading proponent of moving the county seat away from Newnansville to a new . . . — Map (db m55424) HM
Florida (Alachua County), Gainesville — F-756 — The Ballpark
This site, known locally as the ballpark, was the center of recreational activities in Gainesville for more than 60 years. From 1883-1910 Gainesville’s Oak Hall baseball team played here against teams from Florida and the Southeast. The Oak Halls . . . — Map (db m150706) HM
Florida (Alachua County), Gainesville — F-645 — The Gainesville Servicemen's Center / Thelma Boltin Center
The Gainesville Serviceman's Center The City of Gainesville purchased the Servicemen’s Center lot on December 7th 1942. The Federal Works Agency constructed a $37,000 building with a ballroom, stage, dressing rooms, second floor reading . . . — Map (db m67690) HM
Florida (Alachua County), Gainesville — F-316 — The Law School Burial Mound
100 yards west is an aboriginal burial mound built ca. A.D. 1000 by Alachua Tradition peoples, ancestors of the Potano Indians who lived in Alachua County in the 16th and 17th centuries. Initially several individuals were buried in a central grave, . . . — Map (db m134742) HM
Florida (Alachua County), Gainesville — This TowerUniversity of Florida
This Tower A memorial to University of Florida men who made the Supreme Sacrifice to Two World Wars. Was erected through the gifts of alumni and friends. It was dedicated in March, 1953 at ceremonies commemorating the 100th . . . — Map (db m151502) WM
Florida (Alachua County), Gainesville — Thomas HallUniversity of Florida
When this building opened in 1906, it was called the Main Building. It served as the administration-classroom building for the University. The president’s office was on the southwest corner of the first floor. There were twenty-four classrooms, . . . — Map (db m151217) HM
Florida (Alachua County), Gainesville — Thomas House
William Ruben Thomas House begun by C.W. Chase in 1906, this building was bought and completed in 1910 by Major W.R. Thomas, the house continued as the family’s residence until 1926 when it became part of the Hotel Thomas. Its use by the citizens . . . — Map (db m150663) HM
Florida (Alachua County), Gainesville — F-1002 — Timucua Burial Mound/Timucua People
(side 1) Timucua Burial Mound This earthen mound pays tribute to the ancestors of the Timucua Indians who lived and established villages near lakes and other sources of fresh water in north central Florida. Around 950 CE, following . . . — Map (db m134740) HM
Florida (Alachua County), Gainesville — Trains Rumbled Overhead
This old, concrete railway trestle is a remnant of the Florida Southern Railroad. Crews laid tracks here starting in 1882. The railroad played a major role in the founding and history of Gainesville. The Gainesville Hawthorne Trail now follows this . . . — Map (db m126478) HM
Florida (Alachua County), Gainesville — Turlington Rock, 1984University of Florida
When giant crocodilians, the ancestors of the alligator, roamed the earth, this unusually large piece of chert formed from Suwannee limestone and sea shells. University of Florida Professor of Geological Sciences James Eades discovered it in a . . . — Map (db m151250) HM
Florida (Alachua County), Gainesville — University AuditoriumUniversity of Florida
The cornerstone for the University Auditorium was laid in 1922. Complete with a fine pipe cigar given by Dr. Andrew Anderson of St. Augustine, the building was dedicated in 1925. The architectural firm of Edwards and Sayward designed this elegant . . . — Map (db m150686) HM
Florida (Alachua County), Gainesville — University Infirmary
University Infirmary 1931 National Register of Historic Places — Map (db m151218) HM
Florida (Alachua County), Gainesville — University of Florida
On September 19, 1997, the University of Florida celebrated the 50th anniversary of the official beginning of co-education at the University. The 47 names listed below were honored for their individual distinctions, and achievements and as . . . — Map (db m151520) HM
Florida (Alachua County), Gainesville — F-360 — University of Florida Historic Campus
The University of Florida Campus Historic District and two individual campus buildings were listed in the National Register of Historic Places in 1989 and 1990 in recognition of their architectural and cultural significance and the coherence of the . . . — Map (db m54828) HM
Florida (Alachua County), Gainesville — Walker Hall
Edgar Smith Walker was born June 3, 1858, in Cooper County, Missouri. He was educated in country schools and lived on a farm until the age of 18. While attending the University of Missouri, he accepted an appointment to the U.S. Military Academy at . . . — Map (db m128915) HM
Florida (Alachua County), Gainesville — Wes Chandler1974–1997 — NCAA Football Hall of Fame —
Chandler was a two-time first-team All-American at Florida as a wide receiver despite playing in a run-oriented wishbone offense. He caught 92 passes in his career for 1,963 yards and a school- record 28 touchdowns in four seasons. Chandler . . . — Map (db m150634) HM
Florida (Alachua County), Gainesville — Wilber Marshall1980–1983 — NCAA Football Hall of Fame —
Wilber Marshall is regarded as one of the best defensive players in Gator history. He was a consensus first-team All-American in 1982 and 1983 and also earned honorable mention All-American honors in 1981. ABC Television selected him as the . . . — Map (db m150656) HM

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