Thread: Natural Bridge history request
03-10-2009, 07:56 PM #1
Natural Bridge history request
Well, it isn't exactly SoWal - actually it's central Walton, but maybe someone in SoWal can help out the planning dept with their request for reference material. This is from the WZEP email:
What do you know about Natural Bridge? WZEP First News has been following Commissioner Kenneth Pidgin’s efforts to acquire the spring and adjacent land. Natural Bridge is located in the extreme north central part of Walton County and is a spring flowing into a pool then under a road, forming a bridge then flowing out to a creek. The spring and natural bridge has been visited by area residents for years and has cooled many folk during the hot summer months. The springs and adjacent land is privately owned. Pridgen is trying to obtain the spring and possibly a larger track of land through an arrangement similar to what the county did with Morrison Springs.
Diane Merkel, a trustee with the Walton County Heritage Museum sends another note out to the History Detectives. This time there is a special request from Lois La Seur, Long-Range Planning Manager for Walton County. The History Detectives are people who help answer questions submitted by members of the Historical Association and visitors to the Museum.
La Seur says Walton County is preparing grant proposals to purchase the Natural Bridge site. She says, in addition to its great environmental value, they are looking to document the history of the site, which she understands was once a stagecoach stop. Le Seur asks if anyone has any references, documents, or other materials?
If you have information on Natural Bridge, contact La Seur at Walton County Planning, 267-1955.
To become a history detective, submit a question or to find out more about the Walton County Heritage Association and the Museum in the restored old depot, go to www.WaltonCountyHeritage.org or simply visit the museum.
03-10-2009, 08:45 PM #2
- Join Date
- May 2007
- The Westernish end.
03-11-2009, 12:35 AM #3
- Join Date
- Mar 2008
- Eastern Lake Est., SoWal, FL
From my original research records.
I don't know if this might be helpful and give some insight into what was actually happening at the time. I have some other "stage coach" stories from this time, too. Suggest one look at early maps and roads of area during this time. I have a number of early maps.
btw Alaqua is first county seat in Walton County.
In the Territorial Papers of the United States, Compiled and edited by Clarence Edwin Carter Volume XXIII The Territory of Florida 1824-1828
"Post Route Advertisement"
July 14, 1825
Proposals For carrying Mails of the United States on the following Post-Roads, will be received at the General Post-Office, in the city of Washington, until the 15th day of October next, inclusive
122. From Pensacola by the county seats of Gadsden, Jackson, and Walton, to Tallahassee, once a week. Leave Tallahassee every Wednesday at 6 am and arrive at Pensacola on Friday by 10 am. Leave Peansacola every Friday at 2 pm and arrive at Tallahassee on Sunday by 6 pm.
184. From Tallahassee by Sewaney Ferry and Dill's, to St. Augustine, once in two weeks, 237 miles. Leave Tallahassee every other Thursday at 6 am and arrive at St. Augustine on the next Monday by 11 am. Leave St. Augustine every other Monday at 1 pm and arrive at Tallahassee the next Saturday by 6 pm
Btw just before this inclusion in the Territorial Papers of Florida is a note from our own George Walton, Jr.
"[Endorsed] Pensacola July 14th 1825 George Walton Stating that he had despatched a Revenue Cutter to examine the Coast of Florida &c.with the view of Suppressing the improper intercourse between the Spaniards & the Florida Indians &c &c"
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03-11-2009, 12:49 AM #4
- Join Date
- Feb 2006
- Santa Rosa Beach
03-11-2009, 06:32 AM #5
- Join Date
- Oct 2007
- In the little town with FUN in the middle
It's where I learned to swim as a child. I heard many stories about it growing up,but they were all handed down from generation to generation.
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