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

Columbia County Florida Historical Markers

Marker detail: “On Top of the World” by Merald Clark image, Touch for more information
Courtesy of Florida Museum of Natural History, Randell Research Center
Marker detail: “On Top of the World” by Merald Clark
Florida (Columbia County), Fort White — 22 — A Chief is SeizedFlorida De Soto Trail — August 17, 1539 —
It’s August 17, 1539… When Hernando de Soto’s scouts sight the abandoned Indian village of Caliquen, Cavalry Captain Baltasar de Gallegos is ordered to move ahead – My men and I were sent to check for food and supplies. When . . . — Map (db m127006) HM
Florida (Columbia County), Fort White — Ichetucknee Springs
Ichetucknee Springs Has been designated a Registered Natural Landmark under the provisions of the Historic Sites Act of August 21, 1955 this site possesses exceptional value in illustrating the natural history of the United . . . — Map (db m126019) HM
Florida (Columbia County), Fort White — F-362 — Town of Fort White
The town of Fort White, named for a former Second Seminole War fort built nearby in 1837, was founded in 1870 and flourished briefly after the arrival of the railroad in 1888. Phosphate mining and the growing of citrus and cotton sparked a boom that . . . — Map (db m64600) HM
Florida (Columbia County), High Springs — Bellamy Road
Florida Historic Civil Engineering Landmark. Near this point, the Bellamy Road crossed the Santa Fe River. The road was named for its builder, John Bellamy, a civil engineer. Approved by Congress in 1824 and completed in 1826, it was the first . . . — Map (db m3381) HM
Florida (Columbia County), Lake City — 23 — A Bargaining ChipFlorida De Soto Trail — September 10, 1539 —
It’s September 10, 1539… Conquistador Hernando de Soto has come to Uriutina, a deserted Indian village near here. We have feasted upon the bounty of food left behind by the fleeing villagers. Messengers sent by Chief Uzachile have . . . — Map (db m126584) HM
Florida (Columbia County), Lake City — F-68 — Alligator
Originally called Alpata Telophka, or Alligator Town, this site was a Seminole village, ruled by the powerful chief Alligator, an instigator of the Dade Massacre, which began the great Seminole War of 1835. Following the cessation of hostilities, a . . . — Map (db m57686) HM
Florida (Columbia County), Lake City — Apalachee Trail
The Apalachee Indian Trail of early times passed in this vicinity through Alligator - now Lake City - to near the upper mineral springs - White Springs - on to Tallahassee via Alapaha. This marker commemorates, also, the historically . . . — Map (db m57642) HM
Florida (Columbia County), Lake City — F-350 — Bethel United Methodist Church
Old Bethel Church was first organized by Alligator area settlers as early as the 1820s. The original church was a small log structure located some two miles northeast of this site. In 1855, this building was erected to accommodate a growing number . . . — Map (db m54580) HM
Florida (Columbia County), Lake City — Confederate Monument
CSA Officers Commanding Brigadier- General Joseph Finnegan Lieutenant-Colonel Charles Hopkins      1st. Battalion Lieutenant-Colonel Theo. Brevard      2nd. Battalion Lieutenant-Colonel, McClellen . . . — Map (db m58161) HM
Florida (Columbia County), Lake City — Falling Creek Falls
Falling Creek Falls Park is a cooperative venture between the Suwannee River Water Management District (SRWMD) and the Columbia County Board of County Commissioners. The SRWMD acquired the land through the Preservation 2000 land acquisition program . . . — Map (db m126089) HM
Florida (Columbia County), Lake City — Falling Creek Methodist Church and Cemetery
Earliest known records indicate a Baptist congregation worshipped at this site until 1866, when the church became Methodist. The church continues regular worship services (as it has since its founding) and is open to visitors. The original log . . . — Map (db m126091) HM
Florida (Columbia County), near Mikesville — "CCC Boy" Statue
This "CCC Boy" Statue was erected by Chapter 143, NACCCA, Gainsville, Florida In 2007. Chapter 143 was organized by CCC veterans of the area on October 1, 1988. This statue was donated to Chapter 143 and O'Leno State Park by . . . — Map (db m66128) HM
Florida (Columbia County), near Mikesville — Civilian Conservation CorpsApril 5, 1933   June 30, 1942
2,876,638 American youth served in 4500 CCC Camps restoring ravaged lands of a depressed America. Some Accomplishments 2 to 3 billion trees planted, 800 parks built, 3980 historical sites restored, and 6 million days . . . — Map (db m65804) HM
Florida (Columbia County), near Mikesville — F-89 — Town of Leno
Originally called "Keno", for a variation of lotto gambling, the town was settled in the 1860's. Ecclesiastical and commercial pressure changed the name to "Leno" in 1876. A grist and saw mill, cotton gin, stores, and hotel sprang up in the . . . — Map (db m64075) HM

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