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Basil C. Pierce Jr. USS Tang Memorial image, Touch for more information
By James R. Murray, October 5, 2014
Basil C. Pierce Jr. USS Tang Memorial
Florida (Putnam County), Palatka — Basil C. Pearce Jr. USS Tang Memorial
First marker: Basil C. Pearce, Jr. USS Tang Memorial Dedicated by Richard H. O'Kane, Skipper August 17, 1943 - October 25, 1944 Elton Brubaker, USS Flier (SS250) Aug. 13, 1944 Constructed by Basil Pearce Chapter U.S. . . . — Map (db m77715) HM WM
Florida (Putnam County), Palatka — Battle At Horse Landing
At this site, on May 23rd, 1864, Captain John Jackson Dickison, with men from the 2nd Florida Cavalry and a battery from the Milton Light Artillery, disabled and captured the Federal gunboat, Columbine. At the time, Union forces controlled the land . . . — Map (db m101762) HM
Florida (Putnam County), Palatka — F-828 — Bronson-Mulholland House
The Bronson-Mulholland house was constructed for Isaac H. Bronson around 1853. A lawyer and United States congressman from New York, Bronson served as a member of the Committee on Territories in the late 1830s. He proposed the act for Florida . . . — Map (db m80742) HM
Florida (Putnam County), Palatka — City of Palatka Florida 9/11 Memorial
We will never forget September 11, 2001 — Map (db m78033) WM
Florida (Putnam County), Palatka — F-122 — Cross Florida Barge Canal
Two and a-half miles to the east, at Rodeheaver Boys Ranch, President Lyndon B. Johnson, on February 27, 1964, dedicated the Start of Construction on the 185-MILE CROSS FLORIDA BARGE CANAL. An estimated audience of 15,000 attended. — Map (db m129568) HM
Florida (Putnam County), Palatka — F-123 — Cross Florida Barge Canal Memorial
President Lyndon B. Johnson Dedicated the Start of Construction of the 185-Mile Long Canal at this Site on February 27, 1964 — Map (db m101763) HM
Florida (Putnam County), Palatka — F-51 — Fort Shannon
Established in May, 1838, this fort was one of the major quartermaster depots in Florida during the Second Seminole War. It operated under Gen. William J. Worth until he assumed command of the armies in Florida. Military facilities included a . . . — Map (db m94991) HM
Florida (Putnam County), Palatka — Garden Center History — Ravine Gardens State Park
T.B. Gillespie, a road contractor was the father of the concept for Ravine Gardens then owned by the City of Palatka. 1,648 men were employed by the Civic Works Council for this $150,000 project. Richard Forrester of Jacksonville was the . . . — Map (db m131076) HM
Florida (Putnam County), Palatka — Hotel James — “Historical & Architectural Treasure” — Palatka's Historic Landmark
The Hotel James (aka James Hotel) was designed by Henry John Klutho, a nationally known architect of the Prairie School style from Jacksonville, Florida. Mr. Klutho designed two other buildings in Palatka. The recently restored Larimer Arts Center . . . — Map (db m129635) HM
Florida (Putnam County), Palatka — Lt. J.K. (Kay) Larkin Memorial
Aug. 17, 1920 - June 8, 1942 In memory of Lt. J.K. (Kay) Larkin US Army Air Corps Putnam County's first casualty of WWII — Map (db m78034) WM
Florida (Putnam County), Palatka — Native Americans at the River — 5000 BC to 1842
Natives lived on the St. Johns River Northwest Florida was home to Native Americans for some 15,000 years. About 7,000 years ago, they began settling along the St. Johns River. French and Spanish explorers arrived in what is now Palatka in the . . . — Map (db m131067) HM
Florida (Putnam County), Palatka — Palatka Waterworks — 1886-1986
Whitewater Branch was the primary water source for Palatka In 1886-87 Wheeler and Parks Company of Boston, Mass., built the Palatka Waterworks. The steam pumping machinery delivered one million gallons of water in 24 hours. In 1947, the . . . — Map (db m130073) HM
Florida (Putnam County), Palatka — Putnam County Confederate Memorial
(front) "1861-Our Confederate heroes-1865" Although the flag they died to save floats not over any land or sea throughout eternal years shall wave the banner of their chivalry. (right) The principles for which they . . . — Map (db m78111) WM
Florida (Putnam County), Palatka — Putnam County High School Band WWII Memorial
1941 1945 In memoriam Members of the Putnam County High School Band who made the supreme sacrifice in World War II James Bryant Solana, Jr. Elton Stanley Brubaker — Map (db m77941) WM
Florida (Putnam County), Palatka — Putnam County Korean War Memorial
1950 1955 Erected to perpetuate the honored memory of these citizens Putnam County, Fla. who gave their lives in the Korean Conflict Pleze Anderson • Thomas L. Bell • Walter W. Downing • Connie W. Jones • Henry R. McGauley . . . — Map (db m78110) WM
Florida (Putnam County), Palatka — Putnam County Persian Gulf War (Operation Desert Storm) Memorial
1990 — 1991 In appreciation and memory of all military service personnel from Putnam County, Florida for bravery and service to our country during the Persian Gulf War (Operation Desert Storm) Erected and dedicated by the . . . — Map (db m78109) WM
Florida (Putnam County), Palatka — Putnam County Viet Nam Memorial
1964 1975 Erected to perpetuate the honored memory of these citizens Putnam County, Fla. who gave their lives in the Viet Nam conflict David E. Burney • Henry A. Deutsch • Walter Ellis • John L. Fortner • Edward B. Fulgham, . . . — Map (db m78108) WM
Florida (Putnam County), Palatka — Putnam County WW I Memorial
1917 1919 Erected to perpetuate the honored memory of these citizens of Putnam County, Fla. who gave their lives in the World War Edward Abraham • Frederick E. Bailey • Edgar M. Baker • Burroughs Blackman • John Caine • Lucius . . . — Map (db m78138) WM
Florida (Putnam County), Palatka — Putnam County WW II Memorial
1941 1945 Erected to perpetuate the honored memory of these citizens of Putnam County, Fla. who gave their lives in the World War II Thomas Archie Jr. • Amos J. Barber • William J. Barker • Phillip C. Bersch • Andrew B. . . . — Map (db m78139) WM
Florida (Putnam County), Palatka — Ravine State Gardens — Federal Emergency Relief Administration Project — 1933-1934
Federal Emergency Relief Administration Project 1933-1934 — Map (db m130087) HM
Florida (Putnam County), Palatka — F-84 — Saint Mark's Episcopal Church
Episcopal services in Palatka were first conducted in 1846 by the Rev. John F. Young, later Bishop of Florida (18767-1885). The parish was organized in 1853, and the church completed in 1854. During the Civil War, St. Mark's was used as a . . . — Map (db m77732) HM
Florida (Putnam County), Palatka — Suspension Bridges and Amphitheater — 1933-Today
The natural ravine was developed into Ravine Gardens in the 1930s by the City of Palatka and the Federal Government. The suspension bridges and amphitheater built at that time have been placed on the National Register of Historic Places. . . . — Map (db m130074) HM
Florida (Putnam County), Palatka — The Civil War and the Ravines — 1861-1865
During the Civil War (1861-1865), Florida was a Confederate state. Union forces controlled the St. Johns River, threatening Palatka. The hills above the ravines were an ideal location for a militia camp. Soldiers there had fresh water in Whitewater . . . — Map (db m130075) HM
Florida (Putnam County), Palatka — The Hammock — "South Historic District" — Palatka Historic Neighborhood
In the years following the Civil War, Palatka expanded from a 31-block settlement in 1861 to double that size by the 1880’s. During this expansion distinct neighborhoods formed. One of these was known as the Hammock. The Hammock was considered to be . . . — Map (db m130150) HM
Florida (Putnam County), Palatka — The Spirit of the American Doughboy
Palatka Memorial Bridge Visualized in 1921 at an estimated cost of $375,000, the Memorial Bridge spanning the St. John’s River was completed six years later. The bridge was considered at that time to represent the highest type of modern . . . — Map (db m78142) HM
Florida (Putnam County), Palatka — Veterans Memorial Plaza
This memorial is raised not for the cause of war, nor for the prizes of victory: rather, it is dedicated in honor of the men who fought and died for freedom. While war is abhorrent to all civilized men, conflict is often necessary for the . . . — Map (db m77942) WM
Florida (Putnam County), Palatka — William Bartram Trail — Traced 1773-1777 — Deep South Region
William Bartram, botanist, artist, naturalist, humanist, explored this area and headquartered near here in 1774. — Map (db m3248) HM
Florida (Putnam County), Palatka — Woodmen of the World Vietnam Memorial
Erected in honor of all Vietnam veterans who patriotically and unselfishly served our country in defense of freedom. Their service to country, loyalty to mankind, dedication to liberty and personal sacrifices are an inspiration to all . . . — Map (db m77716) WM

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