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Group Title: Report - Florida Park Service ; 1955-57
Title: Biennial report of the Florida Board of Parks and Historic Memorials for the years ..
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Table of Contents
    Front Cover
        Front cover
    Front Matter
        Front matter
        Page 1
    Letter to Governor LeRoy Collins
        Page 2
    Table of Contents
        Page 3
    Table of Contents
        Page 4
    Members of the Board of Parks and Historic Memorials
        Page 5
        Page 6
    Summary
        Page 7
        Page 8
        Page 9
        Page 10
    What is new in the state parks
        Page 11
        Page 12
        Page 13
        Page 14
        Page 15
        Page 16
        Page 17
        Page 18
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        Page 37
        Page 38
    What is new in the historic memorials
        Page 39
        Page 40
        Page 41
        Page 42-43
        Page 44
        Page 45
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        Page 47
    New and undeveloped areas
        Page 48
        Page 49
        Page 50
        Page 51
        Page 52
    Information services
        Page 53
        Page 54
        Page 55
        Page 56
        Page 57
        Page 58
        Page 59
        Page 60
    Fiscal activities
        Page 61
        Page 62
        Page 63
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        Page 66
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    What did they cost? What are they worth?
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"Our Vanishing Shoreline." Some more of it needs to be acquired for State Park
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To Honorable LeRoy Collins, Governor,
and to the Members of the Legislature
of Florida
Sirs:
It is with pleasure that the Florida Board of Parks and
Historic Memorials transmits herewith a report for the
biennium July 1, 1955 June 30, 1957.
This will, of necessity, cover the period through April
1 of the year 1957 factually and the events for the last
three months will be foretold as accurately as possible.
Florida's State Parks and Historic Memorials were,
as you know, acquired largely by gift. Some of them
were bought at nominal prices. Only one was bought
at a price approaching full market value.
We are happy to report that good progress is being
made on most of our older areas. However, now we have
some new areas in need of substantial development. We
also are greatly in need of new areas of two types; name-
ly seacoast areas having good beaches and others areas of
outstandingly good character to take care of increasing
or existing population in densely populated locations.
Although many things r e q u i r e your attention,
it is our feeling that insofar as parks and historical
memorials are concerned, these are of prime importance.

Respectfully submitted,
Florida Board of Parks and Historic Memorials
Dr. Kathryn Abbey Hanna, Chairman








BIENNIAL REPORT
of the
FLORIDA BOARD OF PARKS
and

HISTORIC MEMORIALS


For The Years

July 1, 1955, Through June 30, 1957












Emmet L. Hill, Director
FLORIDA PARK SERVICE
Tallahassee, Florida







TABLE OF CONTENTS


SUBJECT PAGE

Our Vanishing Shoreline --..--_---______ Inside Front Cover

Letter to Governor LeRoy Collins ------- ________ 2

Members of Board of Parks and Historic Memorials ..----__.... 5

Personnel of the Florida Park Service -.....------------------_ --... 5

Summary ---------------.-- ---_-----_. 7

What Is New in the State Parks (Up to April, 1957) ------ 11

What Is New in the Historic Memorials (Up to April, 1957) ..... 39

Map Showing State Parks & Historic Memorials ....------------ 42-43

New and Undeveloped Areas ...------- -------- --_- -.. -...... 48

Information Services _--.---- ..--- ----------------- ---------------- 53

Roads and Parking Areas _-----------------....------ 57

Fiscal Activities ------------..-..-- -- ----------- ------61

Financial Statement, 1954-1955 ...---------- ---------------. 62

Financial Statement, 1955-1956 -- ---------63

The 1957-1959 Budget --------.------------------------- 64

What Did They Cost? What Are They Worth? -------------- 73

How Areas Were Acquired ....--....----........------------- 74

Park and Historic Memorial Receipts and Attendance __ 76

Use and Facilities --------------------.------------------ 78

Acreage of State Parks & Historic Memorials ----------------...... 80

State Park Good Manners .._-------------------------------._ 83







FLORIDA BOARD
of PARKS AND HISTORIC
MEMORIALS
Members of the Board
Dr. Kathryn Abbey Hanna, Chairman, Winter Park
Mr. Frank D. Upchurch, Vice-Chairman, St. Augustine
Mr. Howard Odom, Secretary, Marianna
Mrs. Eugene Jones, Member, Sarasota
Mr. John D. Pennekamp, Member, Miami
Others Who Served
Mr. William Speed, Tallahassee
Mr. Frank J. Pepper, Miami
Mr. Winthrop Bancroft, Jacksonville
Mrs. C. D. Towers, Jacksonville
Mrs. Harold Butts, Ormond Beach
Mrs. Guy Yaste, Pensacola
Mr. Karl A. Bickel, Sarasota
Mr. Miles Collier, Everglades (Deceased)
Mr. Edwin M. Clark, Tallahassee
Emmet L. Hill, Director
Office: 201 West Park Avenue, Tallahassee, Florida

PERSONNEL
of the FLORIDA PARK SERVICE
As Of April 1, 1957
Administrative, Tallahassee, Florida
Emmet L. Hill, Director
W. A. Coldwell, Assistant Director
Roy M. Brooks, Fiscal Agent
Karl Mayer, Chief Fiscal Clerk
Mrs. Alma Knox, Accountant
John H. Hale, Fiscal Clerk
Joe Lambert, Fiscal Clerk
Miss Mary Louise Cozart, Clerk Typist
C. H. Schaeffer, Chief, Information and Education
Mrs. Julia Holland, Secretary
Mrs. Frankie Dawsey, Jr., Secretary
Mrs. Iris Mae Westcott, Secretary
Jack K. Bradley, Draftsman
Dewey Willis, Construction Supervisor






STATE PARK SUPERINTENDENTS:


Anastasia Island Robert G. Baylor, P. O. Box 551 St. Augustine
Collier-Seminole.................................... Frank M. McKay, Everglades
Florida Caverns..............James A. Cook, P. O. Box 212, Marianna
Fort Clinch ..........................Douglas W. Decker, Fernandina Beach
Fort Pickens ....................... Walter A. Marion, Box 100, Gulf Breeze
Gold Head Branch ...............Harry C. Walker, Keystone Heights
Highlands Hammock....................... Paul Walker, Box 147, Sebring
Hillsborough River......................................Harry Sigrist, Zephyrhills
Hugh Taylor Birch....Kermit L. Ehly, Box 4415, Fort Lauderdale
Jonathan Dickinson............... C. F. DeLoach, Box 53, Hobe Sound
Killearn Gardens ....... Fred J. Ferrell, Rt 1, Box 22-C, Tallahassee
Little Talbot Island...............Robert W. Wills, Box 8, Fort George
Manatee Springs ............................Walter M. Pirmann, Chiefland
Myakka River............Allen E. Crowley, Route 1, Box 72, Sarasota
O'Leno.................. .. .... ..................... C. M M axw ell, H igh Springs
St. Andrews ....Claude J. Willoughby, Box 72, Panama City Beach
Suwannee River ........... Dan McRae, Route 1, Box 185-A, Live Oak
Tomoka .........................Francis H. Greer, Box 485, Ormond Beach
Torreya .............................. ............... Hom er G. Barber, Rock Bluff
HISTORIC MEMORIAL SUPERINTENDENTS:
Addison Blockhouse .........Francis Greer, Box 485, Ormond Beach
Bulow Plantation Ruins .. Mrs. J. Durrance, B. 82, Flagler Beach
Constitution ......................Mrs. Eunice Brinson, Port St. Joe
Dade Battlefield .................. .............. Arthur J. Clark, Bushnell
Gamble Mansion ............................. Mrs. Lula C. Spivey, Ellenton
Huguenot................................Robert W W ills, Box 8, Fort George
Green Mound................ Francis H. Greer, Box 485, Ormond Beach
Kingsley Plantation .......... Robert W. Wills, Box 8, Fort George
Natural Bridge Battlefield ........... ...Armond J. Tharpe, Woodville
New Smyrna Sugar Mill Ruins ....................................Paul Setney,
Route 2, New Smyrna Beach
Olustee Battlefield ............ .............Thomas E. Cravey, Olustee
Ormond Tomb............. Francis H. Greer, Box 485, Ormond Beach
Rollins Bird & Plant Sanctuary ............................ Rob. W. Wills
Turtle Mound ...............Francis H. Greer, Box 485, Ormond Beach
Yellow Bluff Fort .................Robert W. Wills, Box 8, Fort George
Yulee Sugar Mill............Mrs. Ida M. Havens, Box 165, Homosassa

Superintendent Thomas W. Keegan of Anastasia State Park
contributed time and talents to the acquisition, construction, pub-
licizing and operation of this much used area. He passed this way,
left his mark on historic Anastasia Island and was buried at
nearby St. Augustine. He was a Navy Veteran of World War I.







Summary

The biennium which is closing marks the "coming of age"
of the Florida Park Service.
At its beginning in 1935, scarcely one person in a thousand
in Florida had ever been in a State Park. Few could have given
a definition of one.
However, through the years, persons of all ages have used
them, enjoyed them and learned to love them.
Also, through the years, the local people particularly, as well
as the out-of-state visitors, have given them their endorsement
and support.
New industries, old Florida industries and old out-of-state
industries searching for new locations have looked with favor
on locations where State Parks and Historic Memorials are with-
in easy reach of their officers and employees. In some cases,
the presence of such a park has tipped the scales in favor of
one location over another one. Older industries, and new ones
too, recognize the value to them, their officers and the working
forces of the educational, mental, physical and even the spiritual
values of a park.
Educational and historical agencies and associations are cog-
nizant of the on-the-ground educational opportunities to be
found in parks and historical areas.
The acquaintances and friendships made in a State Park or
Historic Memorial are of great value. The wealthy couple's only
child may share the delightful experiences of feeding a park
squirrel with a tenant farmer's youngest of five children. A lady
who has been a city resident since birth may share the end of
a fishing dock with a mill worker's wife and find out how to
bait a hook, the name of the small fish with the yellow fin and
how to cook "hush puppies." In turn, the mill worker's wife
could get a lesson in first-aid, the desirability of taking polio
shots and how to cut the cost of living expenses.
Florida's State Parks and Historic Memorials have been ac-
claimed by many state, regional and national figures as being
outstanding in character, excellently operated and constantly
striving to meet the needs of the local people and the many
visitors to Florida. This high rating has been achieved only in the
past three years.







However, regardless of how well these compliments are de-
served, it is incumbent that we do not become complacent.
Other states also have State Parks and Historic Memorials.
Some of these areas have been in existence for many years.
Many of them are beautifully developed and are well operated.
Their annual patronage, in some cases, is double or triple the
total population of Florida. The number of areas in some states
far exceeds the number of areas we have in Florida. In size
some of them far exceed the area of our largest.
A LOOK AHEAD
Florida State Parks and Historic Memorials of today may not
suffice for our needs and growing population a few years from
now. Attendance at the parks increased by almost a half mil-
lion people the first year of this biennium. The second year
mark shows a similar increase. Many desirable State Park areas
should be acquired at an early date. The need for publicly own-
ed extensive beach areas was pointed up by the National Park
Service's cooperative survey in the publication "Our Vanishing
Shoreline."
Two desirable areas, which should be acquired for inclusion
in the Florida Park system were pin-pointed. Their acquisition
would be costly now, but probably would be much more costly
as time goes on.
Others are also needed right now and more will be needed
later. Some of our present areas have now, or will before too
long, reach the saturation point in usage. Hugh Taylor Birch,
Little Talbot Island, Anastasia, St. Andrews, Hillsborough River
and Fort Pickens are all rapidly approaching this condition.
The museum exhibits, which are designed, constructed and
installed under cooperative contract between the Florida Park
Service and the Florida State Museum, are working out very
satisfactorily between the agencies concerned. The resulting ex-
hibits delight the public and aid in disseminating authentic in-
formation about the areas, the locality, the people, times and
objects. This cooperative effort has attracted nationwide atten-
tion among both museum and state park circles.

STATE PARKS ARE STATE SUPPORTED
Support for State Parks must, of necessity, largely come
from users, local residents, out-of-state visitors, state officials
and state workers and the Legislature.
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The Florida Board of Parks and Historic Memorials, the
Florida Park Service and its Director are public servants and it
is their duty to, as faithfully as possible, acquire, design, con-
struct, maintain and operate a system of State Parks and Historic
Memorials. The purpose of this system is to provide these things
for the use of our citizens.
The Park Service will strive to do this within the frame-
work of the laws which govern it and the State of Florida and
according to the instructions, rules and the policy laid down
for it by the Florida Board of Parks and Historic Memorials.
The limit of what can be accomplished is generally deter-
mined by the amount of money made available by the Legisla-
ture, which is added to the limited income obtained from with-
in the park. However, as parks and historic areas are largely
educational and recreational, income from them will always
be relatively small. It must be borne in mind that the great-
est benefits are derived by those who need parks the most, but
are usually least able to pay for them. To keep these people
away would defeat one of the basic benefits attainable by
operating this popular state activity.

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WHAT IS NEW IN THE

STATE PARKS
(Up to April 1, 1957)

ANASTASIA STATE PARK
Anastasia is on the Island where the Spanish killed virtually
all of Ribault's shipwrecked warriors.
The rock to build nearby famous old Castillo de San Marcos
was quarried here. Visitors from out of state, new residents and
old residents thoroughly enjoy picnicking, swimming, boating,
fishing and the scenery on Salt Run and along the Atlantic.
A ranger's residence and a much needed equipment shelter
have been built and provided with water from the new deep
well, which replaced shallow wells. Additional picnic facilities
have been built and provided with water from the new deep
to the memory of Thomas Keegan who did much to get the park
established and as its first superintendent, looked after the
initial development and operation.
The roads into the park and to the boat ramp and parking
areas were constructed and paved through the cooperation of
county officials and local citizens. A boat ramp was construct-
ed, bulkheaded and riprapped. Storm damage was repaired and
planting of grass, shrubs and trees was accomplished.
Soundings were made in Salt Run to plot bottom and set
up channel dredging projects for a boat channel. Delays were
encountered due to frequent shifting of sands caused by heavy
seas.
Anastasia needs a bathhouse-restroom-lounge and refresh-
ment building for bathers and others who use the beach. A pic-
nic-overlook is needed to provide more picnic room. Two picnic
pavilions are needed to supplement the small covered picnic
tables. Two wells and water lines are needed to provide for
the proposed expansion.
A camper's rest room and a shelter is desirable to take care of
the ever increasing demand to take care of campers.
A ranger's residence is needed in order to better service and
protect the park and its large number of users.






































The new building at Hillsborough River State
an exhibit room and a refreshment counter.


Park will provide lounge, rest rooms,


The new picnic shelter on the bank of the Loxahatchee, in Jonathan Dickinson
State Park, awaits the construction of the park road before it will have maximum
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COLLIER-SEMINOLE STATE PARK
An excellent combination building has been built here. This
is the first structure built in the park since it was given to the
State. The building is a screened open pavilion for cooking and
picnicking. It also has rest rooms, showers and stationary tubs.
A small water cistern is being built, but more capacity will
have to be provided. The building is in almost constant use.
Lights have been provided in the camping area. The picnic
and camping area has been enlarged and equipped. -
The replica of the Seminole War blockhouse is now used as
an exhibit room, office and rest rooms on the lower floor. It is
used as the Superintendent's quarters on the upper floor. A
residence is much needed. An equipment shed and workshop
should be provided and additional picnic facilities could be used
to advantage.
The shallow waterways in this park need dredging to make
them usable at various stages of the tide. Boat launching, dock-
ing and servicing structures, if constructed, will add measurably
to the fuller use and enjoyment of this park. Catwalks, if pro-
vided, will open up interesting areas to park users and put them
into intimate contact with the wildlife of the neighboring Ever-
glades, big Cypress and the nearby Gulf of Mexico. A suitable
interpretive museum exhibit would portray what has happened
in this locality and also portray the history and customs of the
Seminoles, which can be contrasted to the life of their descen-
dants who still reside nearby.
FLORIDA CAVERNS STATE PARK
An area for picnicking and recreation has been set aside for
colored people. It has been provided with tables, benches, water
and first class rest rooms.
The combination lounge and administrative building has
been reroofed and a much needed walk was built from the
parking area to the building. Two residences have been re-
roofed. An attractive entrance has been constructed on the
highway.
A heavy storm damaged a structure, power lines and trees.
All the repairs and clean-up work were accomplished by the
park personnel.
A well and telephone was provided for the golf course and
ten new picnic stoves were provided.
Signs were repaired and new ones erected both in the park
and its, approaches.







Among the large groups visiting the park were the Garden
Clubs during their annual meeting.
The need for a ranger's residence near the entrance of the
park has been a long felt need and a rangers residence nearby
is also badly needed for control and protection of the park.
A picnic pavilion is needed for the colored area to make it
more usable.
An equipment shelter is needed to replace several old CCC
camp structures, a barbecue pit and shelter is desirable as well
as a suitable structure for the golf course instructor's activities.
FORT CLINCH STATE PARK
Old Fort Clinch now has a residence for a park ranger and
near it is a workshop and equipment shelter. These structures
were sorely needed as none had heretofore been provided. Fur-
ther work was also done to remove most of the growth from
the top of the ramparts. Excavations were made to restore
more of the moat and restore the curtain wall rifle ports to their
original height. The moat excavation, the boat ramp and the
approach to it were obtained through the excellent coopera-
tion of Fernandina Beach and Nassau County.
The new picnic area was enlarged and the old one was con-
verted into a combination picnic area and camping area. A tem-
porary refreshment stand was installed to serve this area and
the boat ramp.
The Jetty Lodge was repaired and restored to public use
for individuals and groups. The north wing was converted to
use as quarters for a ranger.
The park was used as the setting for portions of a moving
picture based on the life of Osceola.
The boat ramp area needs a dock, riprapping and the groins
restored as well as a service building.
There is not a single covered picnic table or picnic pavilion
in the park and as this is the major use, the patrons should be
protected from sun and showers.
A Superintendent's residence is much needed to facilitate
the administration and protection of the area.
The old soldiers' barracks is an excellent brick structure
without roof, window, doors, stairs or interior trim. It should
be restored to prevent further deterioration and to make avail-
able to the public an insight of how our military men were
quartered. Likewise, the smaller structures, such as the black-
smith shop and the bake shop, could well be restored. A bar-
becue pit and shelter are also in demand by the public.







FORT PICKENS STATE PARK
The interesting ruins of old brick Fort Pickens had within
its walls two old Rodman smooth bore cannon, which had been
converted to rifled cannon after the War Between the States.
Through the ever willing efforts of Mr. T. T. Wentworth, Jr.,
and other citizens of Pensacola, funds were raised to buy three
old cannon of obviously British manufacture and one of doubt-
ful parentage to place on the parade ground. They are tempo-
rarily mounted there pending the time when a more suitable
site is definitely located at or near the spot where one of Santa
Rosa's several Spanish forts was in British hands.
A portion of the approach to the Quartermaster's Wharf was
removed and a walkway was built from the old ferry slip to
the Wharf.
The picnic area, near Battery Worth, was underbrushed and
a temporary service road was built into it. Picnic tables were
built for the picnic area, and for temporary use in the casemates
of the old fort and under the awnings of Batteries Cullum and
Sevier.





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O'Leno, near Lake City and High Springs, has a new camper's bathhouse and office
built of native stone and lumber by the small park force; it urgently needs a new
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O'Leno, near Lake City and High Springs, has a new camper's bathhouse and office
built of native stone and lumber by the small park force; it urgently needs a new
kitchen-dining hall.






Minor repairs were made to the old fort and the other bat-
teries and a start was made on painting and repairing their
metal components.
All of the wooden structures in the park were painted and
the trim on brick buildings was painted. This brightened up
the whole picture and took away the "run down" look, which
had prevailed for so many years. Temporary parking areas
were constructed at several locations.
Structural repairs and installations of water, lights and heat
were made in many of the buildings. The rest room at Battery
Van Swearingen was completed. New roofs were put on the
Superintendent's quarters and on a duplex quarters.
A picnic pavilion-restroom building has been built on the
Bay side, water and sewage lines have been installed and grad-
ing for a parking area has been completed.
A gatehouse, for better control of the enclosed portion of
the park and for the collection of facility fees, has been built
between the U. S. Coast Guard Station and Battery Langdon.
The State Road Department resurfaced the entire road from
Pensacola Beach through the park right down to the Quarter-
master's Wharf.
Another exhibit room was made available to display Fort
Picken's items.
The use of Fort Pickens by the public is very heavy. Atten-
dance during 1956 approached a half million people. In 1957
the half million mark will probably be passed.
The most pressing need is for additional parking areas. There
are no permanent ones in the park, all of them have been im-
provised. Another pressing need is for rest rooms at or near
each of the major features. Boat launching and docking facili-
ties are needed to take care of the rapidly expanding number
of boating enthusiasts. More picnic pavilions are needed, as
well as camper's facilities and a barbecue shelter. A shelter is
needed for equipment and for workshop purposes.
A combination building for administrative, public comfort,
lounging and museum purposes is needed near the old Fort.
Added trained personnel is needed to investigate and proper-
ly tell the complicated history of the forts and battle of Santa
Rosa Island and nearby Pensacola and its system of harbor
defences dating from early Spanish times.
Much needs to be done to arrest further damage and deteri-
oration to the interesting historical structures. Considerable
work of this character is of an unseen nature, but it is vi-
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Picnicking is the most popular activity in all Florida's State Parks. Here is a two-
family picnic in magnificent Myakka River State Park.

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GOLD HEAD BRANCH STATE PARK
Gold Head Branch has a nice new road system cleverly built
on the old CCC alignment and, in addition, a large parking
area has been provided near the bathhouse. The State Road
Department, the officials and citizens of Clay County and the
contractor did an excellent job on this road.
A concrete stairway, with convenient landings for overlook
and rest purposes, has been built to provide access to the head
of the Ravine. This replaced the old CCC installation.
The bathhouse, the large picnic pavilion and a garage were
reroofed and the Pebble Lake overlook pavilion was refloored.
An additional room was added to the Superintendent's
quarters and repairs were made to other structures. An old
temporary, refreshment structure was removed for use as a
blacksmith shop at the work center.
An office and refreshment building has been built near Lake
Johnson. Fencing has been repaired as well as picnic facilities.
A ranger's quarters need to be provided to add to the oper-
ation and safety of the park. A workshop is needed to replace
an old CCC tempororay structure.
Two picnic pavilions should be built to better care for the
large number of persons who enjoy this wholesome pastime. A
camper's shelter is needed to better care for this rapidly in-
creasing activity. A barbecue pit and shelter would facilitate
the use of this park.

HIGHLANDS HAMMOCK STATE PARK
At very popular Highlands Hammock State Park a com-
bination office-information building is completed. Also, a new
camper's rest room was put into use. A new office and Entrance
Station has been constructed. Repairs were made to several
residences and other structures.
The disastrous fires immediately before, during and after Eas-
ter Sunday 1956 severely damaged almost all of the park's "buf-
fer" area and destroyed much of the growth on it. Fortunately,
only a small percentage of the Hammock proper was burned.
The assistance rendered in fighting this fire by local citizens,
organizations, the Florida National Guard and the Florida
Forest Service as well as by campers, visitors and. park per-
sonnel is much appreciated by the public and the Florida Park
Service.
The loss in structures was confined to destruction of a
garage and damage to a workshop and fencing. Work is still







progressing in reducing the increased hazard caused by the fire
and in aiding nature to cover over the scars caused by the
conflagration. The cause of the fire was attributed to the
burning of brush in a land clearing operation nearby.
The magnitude and difficulty of controlling it was caused
by the extreme drought conditions which prevailed for several
years.
Fortunately, the scars are healing at Highlands Hammock
and it is restored to full use.
Restrooms for the old amphitheater are needed to replace
outmoded ones and a pressure water system is needed there. An
equipment shelter is needed to store equipment and a lumber
shed is also needed.
The Scout area is in need of rest rooms, a water system
and waste disposal. The old camp rest room should be repaired.
A small ranger's quarters need additional room and the
Tower House is in need of repairs.
Two small picnic shelters are needed for picnicker's use.
Highlands Hammock is very popular with nature lovers.

HILLSBOROUGH RIVER STATE PARK
Hillsborough River State Park lies astride the outstandingly
beautiful Hillsborough River near where Major Dade and his
command crossed it on his fatal last march.
A new camping area was constructed and provided with
rest rooms, water and waste disposal. Nearby at Cedar Landing
a retaining wall was built. The camping area is heavily used
and is .in need of expansion.
A combination refreshment, rest room, lounge building is
approaching completion. The old refreshment building will
become a picnic shelter.
A new retaining wall has been built at the bathing area
and other improvements were made. A garage and the lumber
shed were reroofed and the picnic area was expanded. Now
over 200 table and bench set ups are provided.
A ranger's quarters have been constructed. An old cabin is
being converted into a picnic shelter.
A small tract of land has been purchased to enlarge and
round out the park.
Quarters for a ranger are needed to better serve and pro-
tect the park.
Two more picnic shelters are needed now to serve the
many persons, small parties and groups who delight in picnick-







ing here. Two of them are being requested and this will help
out tremendously.
The camper's rest room is in need of considerable enlarge-
ment and a camper's shelter would add greatly to this popular
area.
A rest room building is needed for the Scout area. A pavilion
could be used to advantage to care for the Day Campers.
An equipment shelter is needed, some fences need rebuild-
ing and the suspension bridge is in need of repairs.
Hillsborough River serves a highly concentrated popula-
tion area, Tampa St. Petersburg Clearwater, as well as
many fair size and smaller localities and a pretty large rural
population. It is also much in use by s c hool and other
educational groups as it is ideal from a botanical and zoo-
logical viewpoint.
HUGH TAYLOR BIRCH STATE PARK
This much used and thoroughly enjoyed gift from the late
Hugh Taylor Birch is right in the City of Fort Lauderdale. A
plaque has been erected to commemorate the giving of this
lovely area to the State.
A fence has been put around the Group Camp and other
improvements and additional equipment have been provided.
An addition was made to the refreshment building and a
craft shelter was built for the Group Camp. A barbecue pit
and shelter was built. Drinking fountains and picnic tables
and stoves were installed. Picnicking is very popular at this
park.
A loop scenic road was built and surfaced within the park
by the State Road Department. Drainage fields had to be pro-
vided for the shower building.
A sprinkler system is needed to keep this park looking
fresh inasmuch as use is great and wear and tear soon shows
up. An additional pavilion is needed to round out the picnic
restroom structure. Two new camper's cottages are needed
for the Group Camp. Dressing and shower rooms are badly
needed. A porch at the refreshment pavilion should be enclosed.
A storage building is needed for boats and canoes. The
garage apartment is in need of enlargement. The ever increas-
ing need for picnic tables should be met by providing at least
twenty extra sets.
The high use at this park makes it imperative that all the
facilities mentioned be provided to better serve the public and
properly protect the park.





























A new camper's rest room at Manatee Springs State Park, near Chiefland. Similar
ones recently built at Gold Head Branch, Hillsborough River and Myakka River
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New picnic shelter at Tomoka State Park, near Ormond Beach, helps take care
of large numbers of picnickers. However, here and elsewhere, many shelters
are needed.







JONATHAN DICKINSON STATE PARK


The picnic shelter-restroom building and the boat docks
on the Loxahatchee River were completed and put into use.
However, until the park road from the railroad in the eastern
part of the park to the River is surfaced, these facilities will
have only limited use.
Martin County cooperated splendidly in the matter of clear-
ing and installing used culverts and in grading the road. Now
it awaits surfacing. When this is done, the River may be reach-
ed and Kitchen Creek will be more accessible to the park.
This will open up one of the finest areas in the park.
Picnic tables and outdoor grills were obtained and a number
of table-bench sets were made from salvaged materials.
Considerable progress was made in trimming up and cut-
ting back trees to enable picnickers and campers to use the
area east of the railroad. Landscaping was done around the
Loxahatchee picnic area.
The old furnace building at the headquarters area has been
converted into a rest room for picnickers, campers and park
visitors.
Roadside clearing and entrance clearing has been necessary
to restrain the Australian "Pine" from taking over completely
in places. However, only those which had to be taken out were
removed. Many were just in need of trimming of the lower
branches.
A limited amount of fencing has been done. A water line
and well were installed to provide water for the Loxahatchee
Picnic Area.
The gatehouse, office, gate, well and residence have been
delayed, awaiting construction of the new entrance road. How-
ever, this road has now been built and the construction, will
begin immediately.
A ranger's residence is very urgently needed in order to
help protect the property and properly administer it. Only
temporary "bachelor" type quarters are now available in old
war structures.
A picnic pavilion, barbecue pit and shelter and a camper's
rest room and shelter are all needed to take care of the greatly
increasing number of visitors who wish to use this area. An-
other well, pump and water lines to supply these structures will,
of course, have to be provided to make them usable.







Fence rebuilding is an urgent need for the protection of the
area. A boat ramp is needed to serve the ever increasing num-
ber of inboard and outboard boaters who cruise the beautifully
tree and shrub bordered waters of the River. Scenic boats per-
iodcally carry many people up this River.
Fortunately, the repair and conversion of the old Camp
Murphy school building has provided the park with a com-
modious combination warehouse, workshop and vehicle storage
building.
Even though the park has no ocean frontage, it can be made
into one of the most interesting and highly used parks in Flor-
ida because of its lakes and the River.

KILLEARN GARDENS STATE PARK
Florida's priceless Killearn Gardens are loved and visited
by tourists and visitors from neighboring states and new and
old residents of Florida.
The water level in Lake Hall has been going down for
several years as is also happening to all Florida lakes where the
three year drought still prevails. It was necessary to provide
a new source of water for sprinkling purposes so a large well
and pumping unit were installed, which takes care of the present
needs and it will also allow for some expansion. The best news
about Killearn is that, through the cooperation of the State
Road Department, County officials and the people of Leon
County, the road into the park and parking areas have been
built and paved.
Repairs were made to the Superintendent's residence and
minor structures. A water line was installed to the Garden gate-
house. The Garden gatehouse is now in use and it is a great
convenience to visitors and park personnel.
The picnic pavilion-restroom building for the picnic area
is being advertised for bids and should be completed in time
for use by late summer. The water supply system for it and
the picnic area has been provided previously. The picnic area
tables and outdoors stoves are on hand and will be put in place
after underbrushing and grading of the picnic area are accomp-
lished.
The park needs a residence for a white ranger and one for
a colored ranger in order to help protect and operate the park.







The park sprinkler system needs to be expanded to take
care of an expansion of the planted area in the Gardens. This
expansion is highly desirable to tie in the present planting to
the new parking area and the buffer area between the Gardens
proper and the picnic area.
A sunken garden is desired to take advantage of the op-
portunity to portray this type of gardening to the visitors.
Two picnic pavilions are needed as well as a barbecue pit
and shelter to round out the picnic area. A small boat ramp is
needed to take care of boat launching needs.
"The Charm of Killearn" is more than a phrase. It is some-
thing everyone feels and talks about after their first and every
other visit.

LITTLE TALBOT ISLAND STATE PARK
A picnic shelter was built in the white area and one was
built in the colored area. A workshop and a ranger's residence
are nearing completion.
A water system was installed and sanitary facilities provided
at the ranger's quarters.
General repairs and painting on this exposed island con-
stantly require a considerable amount of attention.
Stabilization of sand, grading, hauling shell, planting and
fertilization to picnic and other areas was done during this
biennium.
A combination bathhouse, lounge, refreshment stand and
rest rooms is badly needed at the white area to replace the
temporary structures now there. The water supply system is
in need of enlargement.
The need for shade and shelter is urgent here so six addition-
al shelters would help relieve this situation.
Two residences are needed to quarter park rangers so
that the area may be better protected and served.
A park office and headquarters building is needed to ad-
minister this area as well as several nearby dependent areas
such as Kingsley Planation Houses, Yellow Bluff Fort, John
Rollins Bird and Plant Sanctuary and Huguenot Memorial.
A fishing pier at the white area and one at the colored area
would add measurably to the use and enjoyment of both of
these areas. It would also spread a considerable amount of
use over late fall, winter and early spring months.





























The gateman gives information and collects fees at this new gatehouse-office
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New ranger houses have been provided for Fort Clinch, Little Talbot, Anastasia,
Dade, Olustee, Hillsborough, St. Andrews, Manatee and Gamble Mansion. This
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MANATEE SPRINGS STATE PARK


This major Florida spring, just 1,100 feet from the Suwanee
River, has been used since time immemorial by the Indians,
early travelers, settlers and local residents. Its development as
a State Park has made it available to everyone.
The Superintendent's quarters have been completed and are
in use. A boardwalk boat dock structure has been built. It will
allow pedestrians easy access to the broad and beautiful Suwan-
nee. It will also serve the pleasure boatmen for docking pur-
poses. An entrance and gatehouse have also been built, largely
to obtain better control of the area which is being fenced.
A nice picnic shelter and picnic area have been built and a
camper's rest room-shower building is now in use.
Fortunately, through the cooperation of Levy County and
the State Road Department, the road from U. S. 19-98, just
north of Chiefland, into the park has been paved. A small
extension and paving of the parking area will suffice to make
this park easily accessible.
A water system has been provided for the quarters, gate-
house, picnic and camping area. Waste disposal systems were
also installed and extended.
Five thousand pines were planted to fill in the forest and
insect control measures were taken to combat beetles.

The bathhouse needs to be enlarged in order to serve the
larger numbers of people who love to bathe in the clear cool
waters below the "Boil." Another picnic shelter is needed to
provide protection for visitors and a barbecue pit and shelter
is also needed.

Camping shelters are needed in the camping area, and in the
Scout area rest rooms need to be provided. Additional land
should be acquired by purchase to enlarge and round out
the area and to make desirable use of the area available.

The walkway-boat dock is in need of enlargement along
the Suwannee River. A combination workshop-equipment
storage building is much needed.



























Day campers' shelter gives children protection against both rain and sun.
This one is at Hillsborough River State Park, near Zephyrhills, Plant City, Lakeland
and Tampa.


The new Lounge Building at Gold Head Branch State Park, between Middleburg
and Keystone Heights, has rest rooms and a refreshment room.







MYAKKA RIVER STATE PARK


Extensive Myakka River, noted for its vast throngs of aqu-
atic water fowl and great abundance and variety of upland
birds as well as many deer and smaller native wild animals,
is known throughout the nation.
The camping area was further improved by the installation
of a water system and power was provided for lights and pump-
ing of water.
The picnic facilities were repaired and both facilities and
areas were enlarged. The cabins and older restrooms were
reroofed_. The cabins were freshened up by painting and electric
refrigerators were installed. Repairs were made to various struc-
tures, service facilities were extended and water hyacinths were
sprayed, using the new air-boat. Almost a quarter million pines
have been planted in the park during this season.
A temporary earth dam was constructed on the Lower Lake.
New natural history exhibits were constructed; also, implements
used by early settlers were placed on display. Fighting woods
fires and fire pre-suppression efforts constitute a sizeable, but
necessary, part of the work at the park.
A north gatehouse, two ranger's residences and a refreshment
building are in the process of being built at the present time.
Myakka needs quarters for another ranger to reside in the
park to better service and protect it, particularly from fire.
Two picnic pavilions are needed to take care of the large
number of local and winter visitors who use this park exten-
sively for this purpose.
A camper's shelter and a rest room are needed at the Upper
Lake. A barbecue pit and shelter is highly desirable.
An equipment shelter is needed, the office needs enlarge-
ment and a limited amount of fencing should be installed.
O'LENO STATE PARK
O'Leno, loved by thousands of young folks, many of whom
have become adults, has been the training ground for numerous
and diverse groups.
An excellent rest room, the first new structure in many
years to be built in the park, was built and put to use. It re-
placed an outmoded structure. Now a combination office and
entrance is being built.







Much time was spent by the small staff in making repairs
to the aging structures in this park and in replacing and instal-
ling equipment.
The picnic and camping area was enlarged, repaired and
many new features were installed. Painting of several struc-
tures added to the appearance of the park.
Water lines were extended to the Scout area and the site
of the new office.
Extensive painting and repainting was done, largely indoors,
throughout the park.
A new cook's range, refrigerator and boiler were installed. A
truck shelter was built as well as a portable tool house.
O'Leno is sorely in need of a new dining hall for the Group
Camp. The present one is out of date and presents constant
operating problems. A restroom-bathhouse building is very
badly needed to replace the poorly designed and constructed
one built during the early days of the Group Camp. This rest-
room is the one usually assigned to the girls or ladies when
mixed groups are using the camp. Six additional sleeping cabins
are needed in order to provide more quarters and to extend the
camping season for smaller groups.
A recreation building is also needed for leisure time use
and for lecture and instruction purposes.
Efforts are now underway to have the entrance road to the
park paved and this should double the visitation by persons
wishing to picnic, camp and stroll along the beautiful Sante Fe
River and see where it goes underground for a distance of three
miles.
PELLICER CREEK STATE PARK
This beautiful area, given to the State by Mr. Hiram Faver
of St. Augustine as a memorial to his parents, is being made
usable as a park.
The well has been driven and the boat dock, shelter and rest
rooms are nearing completion. Picnic tables and picnic stoves
have been purchased. A pump is being installed.
St. Johns County and the State Road Department are cooper-
ating in the plans for the construction and paving of the park
road.







The park entrance will be off busy U. S. No. 1, just north
of the Pellicer Creek bridge. The creek is navigable for small
boats to the Intracoastal Waterway in the Matanzas River. It
is also usable upstream for a short distance.
Other improvements needed are a ranger's residence and a
water system for it, a picnic shelter and rest rooms, fences, a
truck, tools and equipment. A boat ramp is also needed.
A small amount of land is needed to round out the park
area.
It is anticipated that this area will be very popular with both
local folks, the traveling public and winter visitors.

ST. ANDREWS STATE PARK
The State Road Department, in cooperation with Bay Coun-
ty, built good roads down to the new white bathhouse and to
the identically new bathhouse in the colored area. The County
also cooperated in the matter of providing temporary parking
areas. However, one of the great needs of the park is for more
parking areas and the surfacing of all such areas.
Picnic shelters have been built at both areas and sand stabi-
lization has been partially accomplished around the structures
in both these areas and at the Group Camp.
Further work was done on the Group Camp and a parking
area was built there. Picnic tables were built and put in
place. A group camp shelter has been built.
Walks and outside showers for bathers were built. A park
telephone system was installed.
A ranger's residence has been completed as well as a per-
manent gatehouse just inside the new entrance.
A boardwalk has been built from the white bathhouse to
the very popular Gun Mount Picnic Shelter.
Quite fortunately, 21.64 acres of land was acquired from
the United States Government for inclusion in the park. This
addition will now provide elbow room for the Group Camp
and will enable desirable features to be added to the park on
the Grand Lagoon side.
This park is finding high use by local residents, tourists and
residents of nearby states. Its use is increasing very rapidly
and much needed facilities should be provided to take care of
this demand.







Shade and shelter are needed, therefore, four picnic shelters
should be built and 75 covered table and bench shelters would
help out greatly. A garage and workshop building is needed
to protect the equipment and provide a place to work. A rang-
er's residence would enable the personnel to better serve the
park.
A camper's restroom building is needed for the newly
acquired area as well as a shelter. A day camper's rest room
and shelter is needed for the large number of children who use
this park for this purpose.
A fence from the Gulf to the Lagoon is needed as well as
a suction pump on a scow for dredging and cleaning purposes.
St. Andrews has an outstanding combination of dunes,
water and sky, which is hard to beat and draws many people
from neighboring states into Florida.


A double dock on the scenic Loxahatchee gives inboard and outboard boatmen
use of the western end of Jonathan Dickinson State Park. The paving of the
park road would make it available to all.







SUWANEE RIVER STATE PARK


The old camp house of late Senator Sid Hinely, located with-
in the Civil War fortification, was reroofed and repaired to
make a temporary residence for the park ranger.
Picnic tables and two types of outdoor stoves were installed
near the two picnic shelters.
The picnic area-fortification area were fenced. A parking
area, entrance road and gates were constructed. The picnic
and camping areas were brushed out and many years accumula-
tion of trash and rubbish were cleaned up. The view to the
River was opened up for a quarter of a mile and the bank was
cleaned up. Also, a water system and pump house were built.
A permanent residence for the ranger is needed to properly
house him. Also, the old camp house should be removed in
order that visitors may have access to the old fortification,
which was the objective of the Federals who were stopped at
the Battle of Olustee. An equipment shelter and workshop
is needed as well as a water system for the residence-work area.
Two additional picnic pavilions are desired to take care of
the large family groups who picnic here. A barbecue pit and
shelter would add much to the convenience of this very popular
area.
A boat ramp is needed to enable the devotees of this ex-
cellent pastime to launch and reload their boats. A camper's
shelter and rest rooms are also needed as well as a foot bridge
across the beautiful wooded ravine near the picnic area.

TOMOKA STATE PARK
The ranger's residence was partially reroofed, the pump-
house was roofed and an old building was dismantled. Picnic
tables and outdoor stoves were erected and underbrushing was
done to enlarge the use areas in both the white and colored
areas. Water and electric lines were installed.
A new picnic shelter near the entrance was built, a gate-
house was constructed, which will also serve as the park office
until one is provided.
The reflecting pool for the Tomokie statuary group was
built and put in operation. It adds greatly to the whole setting
and is a nice addition to the park. The statuary group was
given another coat of waterproofing and minor changes were
made to add to its permanence.












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United States Capitol Building. The new museum at Apalachicola will soon house
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The new boat basin has been cleared, a boat ramp has
been built, parking areas have been constructed and the docks
are under construction. Additional tables and benches and
stoves have been ordered to fill the great demand for these
facilities in the White area particularly. Lightning rods have
been installed on the statuary group.
One of the greatest needs of the park is for quarters for
the park personnel to better manage, operate and protect the
area.
Two additional picnic pavilions are urgently needed and a
barbecue pit and shelter would facilitate greatly the use of
the area.
A day camp shelter and rest room is needed for the use of
the children, mainly.
A service, rest room and shelter building is needed to
complete the boat basin. A boat launching ramp would find
much use at the colored area.


This newly designed barbecue shelter was built at Dade Battlefield, near Bush-
nell. One has been built at Torreya, near Bristol and Greensboro. Many other
parks need them.







A camper's rest room should be provided in the camping
area and fencing is needed to control and protect the park.
The Volusia County Health Department's dredging activities
have made available for use a large area of the Park, which
was formerly only bordered by marshes. Now a nice canal
suitable for small boating and other aquatic activities is avail-
able right in the park, which increases the already fine oppor-
tunities Nature supplied with the Tomoka River and Basin and
the Halifax River.
The high use of this park attests to the great regard visitors
have for it.


The Kingsley House at the Kingsley Plantation, near Fort George and Mayport, has
been extensively repaired. The nearby Anna Jai house has been repaired also.






TORREYA STATE PARK


The pump house, garage and the garage-workshop were
repaired and painted. Repairs were made to the old barracks
to convert it for group camping use. A new pump house was
built at the barracks well.
The vista to the Apalachicola was reopened and now the
River and the house are tied together visually. This also opened
the view to take in many miles in Calhoun County and Jackson
County and makes the Gregory House visible from these
counties. Progress was also made in freeing many Torreya
trees from vines, which were strangling them and from com-
peting and overtopping trees and shrubs. However, much more
of this sanitation cutting needs to be done to give the trees a
chance;
A room was partitioned off in the pump house to provide
a place for food and drink dispensing machines.
The old telephone line was dismantled and a new one is
being constructed. Clearing for fence changes and new fencing
was done and the area surrounding the Gregory House was
opened up for fire protection, better visibility and better air
drainage.
The State Road Department and Liberty County have built
and surfaced the road from Florida No. 12 right into the park
and have also constructed and surfaced a parking area at the
new picnic grounds.
A barbecue pit and shelter have been built at the picnic
grounds and additional tables, benches and stoves have been
provided.
Some unsuitable furnishings have been removed from the
Gregory House and contemporary antiques have been obtained
to round out the ante-bellum theme.
A ranger's residence is badly needed here as the small one
in use is a converted farm house of limited use.
A rest room and a shelter for campers is highly desirable
to take care of the many people who would like to camp here.
Also, in order to provide group camp facilities to augment
the refurbished CCC Barracks, rest rooms and a kitchen are
needed.
Another picnic pavilion should be built and two trailside
rest shelters are needed for those who like to climb these high
hills and who love the large pine and hardwood trees and the
shrubs and flowers in this park.































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At Tomoka State Park a boat basin, dock and ramp are completed. Boating facil-
ities are needed at Suwannee River, Torreya, St. Andrews, Fort Pickens, Fort Clinch
and elsewhere.


The new pavilon-museum building at historic Bulow houses an interesting exhibit.


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A gate house is needed at the entrance. Boating on the
Apalachicola is greatly on the increase and the park can be
made a port of call if a boat basin and dock are constructed.
The Jim Woodruff Lake will aid greatly in the matter of
increasing boating on the river.
An equipment shelter and shop is needed to house equip-
ment and to make repairs.
Last, but far from least, additional carefully selected items
are needed in the Gregory House to replace a few unsuitable
items and to add those things which will make it more closely
resemble a home. A good start has been made along these
lines, but more needs to be accomplished.
Torreya has an almost "mountain country" charm and an
ante-bellum air that is unbeatable. Botanically it is world
famous. People come from far away and from nearby to see
and enjoy this place, which wins the heart of almost any
visitor.


At Hugh Taylor Birch State Park, in Fort Lauderdale, canoeing is popular. A boat-
house is needed for canoe storage and rentals.










WHAT IS NEW IN THE

HISTORIC MEMORIALS
(Up to April 1, 1957)

THE ADDISON BLOCKHOUSE
This interesting little structure was part of the Duncan
McRae group of plantation structures. It was used, together
with an earthwork, in the defence against an Indian attack
during the Seminole War.
At the present time, it is not very accessible. Custody of
it is entrusted to the personnel of Tomoka State Park, which
is nearby.
BULOW PLANTATION RUINS
Old Bulow Plantation Ruins have been marked with an ex-
planatory sign and minor repairs were made. A loop road
has been cleared to it and parking areas cleared at the Ruins
and the pavilion. An excellent combination screened picnic
pavilion-rest room building has been erected. In it is a small
office room, a tool and storage room.
However, one end of the building is provided with a very
informative and well done interpretive exhibit designed, con-
structed and installed under contract by the Florida State
Museum.
Electric power was installed and a water system provided.
Picnic tables and outdoor stoves were provided for a picnic
area, which had been prepared.
The area is in need of fencing to keep out livestock.
Further repairs to the ruins are necessary to arrest further
dilapidation. An equipment shelter and workshop are essential
to protect and maintain equipment. A suitable flagpole would
add greatly to the area and a truck is needed for maintenance
purposes and the acquisition of other equipment is highly desir-
able.
The road into this historic spot is in need of relocation
and repair.







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Several old buildings were torn down inasmuch as the
new recreation building and the new picnic pavilion provided
similar, but more modern facilities. It has been equipped and
is extensively used.
The old museum-recreation lodge is being replaced by a new
commodious museum structure. An interpretive exhibit, de-
signed, built and installed under cooperative contract with
the Florida State Museum will be in place prior to the usual
July 4 celebration. Also, a ranger's residence has been con-
struc.ted to replace the inadequate one. A new location for
it was selected in order to make it more convenient for family
occupancy and also, to move it further from the center of the
visitor's area. Near it a garage-workshop has been built to
house the equipment and to make repairs.
A large barbecue pit and shelter has been built. The mark-
ers commemorating the officers who died here have been re-
paired and repainted. The bandstand roof was rebuilt; a new
backstop was constructed at the ball field. The Gatling gun
wheels and mounts were repaired and painted. The picnic
area was enlarged and the new work area was underbrushed.
This Memorial is in need of a storage addition to the re-
creational building and it should also have two more picnic
pavilions to take care of the public as this is a very popular
area for large family picnics, group picnics and family re-
unions.

GAMBLE MANSION
(Judah P. Benjamin)
The recently refurbished and reopened Gamble Mansion
now has a new flagpole on the west side. It also has a residence
for the Custodian, which is better from a personnel view-
point, and also from a fire protection viewpoint. The public
also is not now intruding into personal living quarters any-
where they go into the historic old structure.
The tract has been surveyed to establish the boundaries and
for other purposes. Additional display cases are being built and
a room has been set aside and equipped for an office for the
Custodian.
There is no need for any new structures here at the present
time.






DR. JOHN GORRIE


Work has been done on landscaping, grading, filling and
repair of low walls around the four small areas comprising this
Memorial. Through the cooperation of the City and local
people, the library buildling has been moved to another spot.
A museum building is nearing completion. An exhibit is
being designed, constructed and will be erected by the State
Museum, under contract with the Florida Park Service. The
remains of Dr. Gorrie are to be moved to one of the areas
where a memorial is being erected.
Additional boundary walls to mark off the four plots
are needed to finish the area.

GREEN MOUND

A sign designating this mound as an archaeological site and
requesting the aid of the public in preserving it has been
erected. No further development of this area is contemplated
at the present time. It receives periodic maintenance by a work
detail from Tomoka State Park.
However, the visiting public must be relied upon for both
sanitation and protection of the area.

HUGUENOT LANDING

This scenic and historic spot is a great favorite with both
local people and many visitors. A boat ramp is under con-
struction to enable visitors to launch and reload their boats. It
is being built just north of the Buccaneer Trial.
A picnic shelter is also under construction and tables and
outdoor fire places will be installed.
In view of the large population in this portion of the state
and the many tourists here, it is anticipated that a combination
pavilion-restroom building is needed. A ranger's residence is
necessary to administer and protect the area.
Two wells would supply the water needs and a combination
garage and workshop is desirable inasmuch as this area is
in a windswept coastal location.
A flagpole is highly desirable as well as a limited amount
of fencing. A simple entrance with a contact station are needed.
A truck is essential for clean-up and maintenance of the area.









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KINGSLEY PLANTATION
An old cottage was renovated and repaired to house a ranger
and another old cottage was repaired for use of a park work-
man.
The historic Anna Jai House was reroofed, repaired and
painted. However, the interior has not been restored.
The Kingsley House has been repaired and made structurally
sound. Work on the exterior and interior has proceeded as far
as the limited funds available would permit.
The Club House has been repaired and painted on the out-
side and some needed work has been done on the interior.
Good progress has been made on the repairs. Additional
funds are needed in order to complete the renovation and rest-
oration of the buildings. However, the amount needed is not
large.
Public rest rooms are needed for the visitors. An addition
is needed to the ranger's residence.
An interpretive exhibit is needed for this area. A well and
a pump, water heater, mower and truck are essential for the
proper operation of this beautiful and interesting area, which
is intimately tied in with Florida's varied history.
MADIRA BICKEL MOUND
This archaeological area is marked as such and it receives
periodic maintenance from a work detail from Myakka River
State Park. However, the assistance of the visiting public must
be largely relied upon for both sanitation and protection of
the area.
NATURAL BRIDGE BATTLEFIELD

The two brick cemented monuments with marble tablets
have been repaired and painted. The large granite monument
has been cleaned. Trash cans have been provided and the public
is cooperating in helping the part-time custodian (whose pay is
nominal) to keep the area clean and to avoid damage to the
monuments and the area. Picnic table tops and benches were
painted.
A new well has been drilled, outdoor stoves have been
obtained and three covered picnic tables are under con-
struction. New fencing for a portion of the area will follow
shortly.
A descriptive sign and a schematic map will help the out-of-
state visitor interpret the area and will also aid local residents
in better understanding what took place here.







The greatest need of this naturally beautiful and histori-
cally interesting area is for the State to acquire enough area
to the east to take in the Natural Bridge and also the area
to the north and south to encompass the entire battlefield.
At the present time, all that is owned is the monument area
on the north side of the road and a small plot on the south side,
which fortunately, the U.D.C. acquired and donated to the State.

NEW SMYRNA SUGAR MILL
A well was drilled and the Ranger's residence was painted.
Minor repairs were made to the ruins.
A new fence and gates are needed to protect the area. A
water heater is needed for the Ranger's residence.
These ruins are tied in with the Seminole War and are
quite scenic. The layout of this sugar mill is very similar to
the one at Bulow. However, in some respects they more fully
portray the arrangement for making sugar inasmuch as some
of the kettle foundations are still in place.

OLUSTEE BATTLEFIELD
The interpretive exhibit was designed, prepared and install-
ed under contract with the Florida State Museum. The old
caretaker's house was removed. Signs were done over. A small
parking area was built. The museum was appropriately dedi-
cated.
The addition of a garage and a storeroom completed the
caretaker's new house. An addition was made to the sprinkler
system.
A rest room addition for colored people is needed as well
as a storage room for the museum.
ORMOND TOMB
A new sign has been provided to mark this spot. Maintenance
is periodically provided by a work detail from nearby Tomoka
State Park. However, the cooperation of the public is relied
upon for the sanitation and protection of this small area.
ROLLINS BIRD AND PLANT SANCTUARY
A carport was built at the caretaker's house and the drive-
way was shelled.
A well, pump and tank are needed to serve this area. An
equipment shed and workshop is also needed. A new fence
and gates are needed at the interesting Muncillia house.






STATE CONSTITUTION
The interpretive exhibits were installed in the -museum
building. Walks were laid and landscaping accomplished.
Through the cooperation of the City of Port St. Joe and the
State Road Department, a parking area was built and a service-
way built to the storeroom. An excellent flag pole was donated
and erected. The office furnishings and equipment were com-
pleted.
The museum was appropriately dedicated with a large at-
tendance. The City of Port St. Joe and Gulf County were the
hosts at a fish fry and also provided daytime activities and
night dances. Among the various speakers was Governor
Collins.
A picnic area will be developed as soon as title to the land
is acquired. Meanwhile, picnic tables and stoves have been
acquired. The picnic area calls for rest rooms, shelter, drinking
fountains, barbecue pit and shelters.
In addition, two picnic shelters will be needed as well as
minor park facilities.
TURTLE MOUND
Land surveys have been made to determine and mark the
boundaries of this beautiful archaeological site. A sign, designat-
ing it as such and asking the cooperation of the public, has
been erected. Inasmuch as no caretaker is provided, the public
has to be relied upon for the protection and sanitation of the
area. A small camp house on the area has been repaired for
use of a neighbor in exchange for his part-time services for
protection only.
A ranger's residence with a water system is needed. Fencing
is also desirable. A small combination museum-pavilion-rest-
room building is needed; as well as an interpretive museum
to portray the archaeological and historical story of the area.
This is said to be the highest Indian Mound along the en-
tire Atlantic Coast. The ocean beach and bluff here are much
used. The ocean beach and the Inlet are quite scenic, if viewed
either from the ground or the top of the high hill-like Mound.
The plant and tree growth on the Mound is very interesting and
varied. Fishing, picnicking and boating are very popular here.
YELLOW BLUFF FORT
A map shelter will be built here to aid visitors in a better
understanding of this Memorial. It will be completed prior to
July.







YULEE MILL
A part time caretaker has been put on duty to look after this
small area. It has been kept up heretofore periodically by a
work detail from Hillsborough River State Park. Considerable
work has been done in making the area easier to mow and to
obtain a better surface for the footing of visitors.
The masonry of the huge chimney and the boiler covering
have been repaired.
This sugar mill has its boiler in place, its roller press nearly
intact and has some of the boiling kettles. It is more complete
than any other sugar mill in State ownership.
The Citrus County Federation of Womens Clubs rendered
the State a signal service by acquiring by donation, and pre-
serving this area; particularly because Yulee was Florida's first
United States Senator, a pioneer railroad builder, a noted
industrialist and an outstanding figure in Florida's early history.
A picnic shelter is to be constructed when minor title tech-
nicalities are cleared away. Additional repairs are needed to
the ruins, fencing is needed as well as maintenance equipment.
This area is right in quaint Old Homosassa and not far from
the beautiful river of the same name.






















Huge Turtle Mound has Atlantic Ocean on one side and natural lagoon on other.
It is just a short distance south of the City of New Smyrna Beach.









NEW AND UNDEVELOPED AREAS

LAKE GRIFFIN STATE PARK
Additional land must be acquired in order to round out the
area made available by the State. Also, dredging is needed to
deepen a portion of the area as well as to provide fill for a
low portion of the area.
Development of this area has not been started and it must
await the appropriation of funds for the land and dredging.

MAGNOLIA LAKE STATE PARK
(For Colored People Only)
There is a pressing need for additional areas for the exclu-
sive use of our Colored people. An area of much merit is ob-
tainable from the old Camp Blanding Reservation by lease from
the Florida Armory Board.
It is on the west side of Florida Highway No. 21, approximate-
ly three and one-half miles south of Gold Head Branch State
Park and two and one-half miles north of Keystone Heights.
The proposed area embraces 3,000 feet frontage on Lake
Magnolia and extends to the highway. It covers approximately
200 acres.
In order to make it available for full use, it should have an
entrance and gate house, fencing, a picnic shelter, a combination
restroom-pavilion, boat docks, ranger's residence, water system
and a garage-workshop building. A truck, tractor, mower and
a resuscitator should be provided. A flagpole would be desirable
at this park.

RIBAULT BEACH STATE PARK
At Flager Beach, on A1A, just south of the City, is this park
site. This valuable and highly desirable beach and bluff was
obtained at no cost from the Federal Government. It was the
old Coast Guard Station. It consists of 139.27 acres extending
into the area west of the Intracoastal Waterway. It will serve
splendidly as a seashore park and also give public beach access
to the many persons visiting nearby historical sites and other
areas not on the ocean front. It will also serve well local resi-
dents.







A ranger's residence, well, pump and water system are need-
ed. A picnic pavilion with rest rooms is necessary. A boat
ramp is highly desirable to enable the devotees of this sport
to use the Waterway.
A garage and workshop are needed to properly operate the
park and protect equipment at this exposed location. Fencing,
an entrance, picnic tables, outdoor stoves and other equipment
will be needed.
This area will have high use inasmuch as the Buccaneer Trail
traverses it. Florida is fortunate in possessing this desirable
area and it should be put to use for the general public at an
early date.


Dedication of "Tomokie" statuary group at Tomoka State Park. Other ceremonies
were held at Bulow, State Constitution, Olustee, Fort Clinch, Fort Pickens, Gorrie,
Anastasia, Killearn Gardens, Dade and Natural Bridge.

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SOUTH CREEK STATE PARK


This area lies east of the Tamiami Trail and on both sides
of South Creek and extending to just east of the Seaboard Air-
line Railway. It was bequeathed to the State by Mrs. Waters F.
Burrows for use as a State Park. It comprises 487.66 acres.
In order to make this area usable by the public, a picnic pa-
vilion with rest rooms is needed as well as a water supply and
distribution system. An equipment shelter and workshop as
well as fencing, an entrance and gate house are needed.
A day camp shelter and rest rooms are desirable and play
ground equipment is needed. Picnic tables and outdoors fire-
places should be provided. Of course, access roads and parking
areas will also be needed. A truck, tractor and mowers will be
needed to operate and maintain the park.
This area is located between Osprey and Venice. It should
be used extensively by the increasing large population along
this portion of peninsular Florida as well as by the large
number of visitors who travel the popular Tamiami Trail.

WOODRUFF LAKE STATE PARK
The United States Corps of Engineers and the Government
have cooperated in making two areas available to Florida for
State Park use. They total 686 acres. These areas are on the
west side of the lake, formed by the Jim Woodruff Dam. One
for white use is located a little over two miles upstream from
the dam. It is due north of Sneads.
It has approximately two and a half miles of lake frontage.
Just north of it is a Game Management Area. The Game Man-
agement Area extends northward for approximately four miles.
Adjoining the Game Management Area, on the north, is
another area, which has been made available to the Florida Park
Service. This area will be used for colored people.
Mowers, a tractor and a truck and miscellaneous equipment
will be needed to operate and maintain these areas.
Each area can be developed into an excellent State Park and
will serve not merely local people, but also many out-of-state
visitors and the general traveling public.
Each area will need rangers' residences, wells, pumps and
water systems, two picnic pavilions, combination rest room, re-
freshment and lounge buildings.
In addition, the colored area should be fenced and an en-
trance built, playground equipment provided and boat docks
and ramp installed.







The white area will need a headquarters building, boat
launching facilities, campers' rest rooms and shelters, an equip-
ment shelter and workshop and fencing.
Boating, fishing, picnicking, nature trails, hiking and camp-
ing will be major activities at these parks. Boating will be one
of the major activities on this large body of impounded
water. Also, upstream the Chattahoochee and the Flint Rivers
provide boating opportunities. Below the Dam, to the Gulf on
the Apalachicola, both the inboard and outboard enthusiasts
will have excellent boating opportunities. The Lake should also
appeal to the sailing devotees as it is large enough to be de-
sirable for this activity.
The State Road Department's assistance will be needed
to provide access roads and parking areas.


Day campers receive swimming instructions. It is generally carried out coopera-
tively by city recreation workers, civic clubs and the parks. This is at St. Andrews
State Park at Panama City.







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New type signs make it easier for the public to find State Parks and Historic Mem-
orials. They are easy to make, erect and maintain.


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INFORMATION SERVICES
The press, writers, magazines,, church, civic, trade and as-
sociation publications, chambers of commerce, radio and tele-
vision all have contributed to the publicizing of Florida's State
Parks and Historic Memorials. Likewise, merchants, oil com-
panies, hotels, motels, tourist homes, travel associations and
agencies and many of Florida's attractions have aided in direct-
ing people to our parks.
The service clubs, Garden Clubs, Federated Womens Clubs,
patriotic organizations and educators have all cooperated well
in this work.
State agencies such as the Florida Development Commis-
sion, through its main office and the excellent Welcome and In-
formation Stations, did an outstanding job in publicizing the
areas.
The State Road Department, the State Department of Agri-
culture and the Florida Forest Service cooperated well in pub-
licizing them. In fact, all facets of state, county and municipal
government have been very helpful in many ways in advanc-
ing state parks and historic memorials.
The Botanist, headquartered at Highlands Hammock, made
flower, shrub and tree lists for a number of parks and made
a master list for all of them, which will be used in connection
with an expanded labeling program. The Botanist also placed
many tree and plant labels in a number of parks and made,
corrected and added items to the herbarium and slide collection.
Cooperation was also rendered to the Blanche Covington Con-
servation Camp also held at O'Leno.
Cooperation was rendered and park personnel attended the
Florida Park Institute at O'Leno State Park, operated in con-
junction with the Florida Institute of Park Executives, the
General Extension Division of the University of Florida and
other agencies.
Fire protection schools for park personnel were held at
O'Leno and Highlands Hammock. The cooperation of the Florida
Forest Service in providing equipment, demonstrators and films
was excellent. The Sebring Fire Department conducted that
portion of the school relating to structure fires. ,A historical
guides school was conducted at Fort Pickens.
SSelected personnel attended the annual Park Personnel Short
Course at the University of Mississippi, conducted in coopera-
tion with-the Association of Southeastern State Park Directors
and various Southern State Park Services.


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The Florida State Museum cooperates in designing, constructing and erecting inter-
pretive museum exhibits. Upper left, State Constitution at Port St. Joe; center,
State Museum Preparator at work; right, Bulow Ruins near Bushnell and Flagler
Beach; bottom left, Olustee Battlefied Museum; right, Bulow Ruins Museum.



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PUBLICATIONS


During the biennium three revised editions of the general
folders, "Florida's State Parks Invite You," were printed and
distributed throughout the United States, Canada and many
foreign countries. Folders and historical leaflets were compiled,
printed and distributed on Fort Pickens, Killearn Gardens,
Florida Caverns, Dade Battlefield, Tomoka and Gamble Man-
sion. Also, three editions of the Rate and Information leaflet
were gotten out. The Olustee Battlefield publication was re-
vised and republished in cooperation with the author, Dr. Mark
F. Boyd.

Guide maps were made, revised or remade. Many of these
were distributed both through the parks and historic memorials
and to fill requests for information. Many special items were
made up for the parks for their distribution and use.

Slides and photographs were taken in large numbers and
added to the files for state use and for loan to individuals and
agencies, who can use them to better understand or to publicize
the parks. Cooperation was extended the Winter Park Garden
Club in collecting, labeling slides and in compiling an accom-
panying talk on sets of slides depicting spring wild flowers,
mainly in State Parks. Mrs. Wilhelmina Greene, Miss Carol
Beck and the Botany Department of the University of Florida
aided this project greatly in supplying slides, information and
much hard work. The slides and talk are available at a number
of State Parks for showing in the park or for use elsewhere.

A poster "State Park Good Manners" was developed, print-
ed and used to good advantage in many places.

News items were prepared and distributed covering many
items, activities and happenings. Many reporters, feature writers
and editors wrote about the areas at every opportunity. Happily
the articles and the illustrations too were, with few exceptions,
quite complimentary.










EXHIBITS


Through the cooperation of the Fair Associations and the
Managers some excellent publicity was obtained through the
medium of fair exhibits.

During 1955-1956 exhibits were on display at the places listed:
West Florida Fair Pensacola
State Federation Women's Clubs Tallahassee
Daytona Beach Flower Show Daytona Beach
State Flower Show Ocala
Sarasota Fair Sarasota
Jackson County Fair Marianna

During 1956-57 showings were made as follows:
National Association of Travel Organizations -
Ormond Beach
West Florida Fair Pensacola
Jackson County Fair Marianna
Leon County Fair Tallahassee
Jacksonville Fair Jacksonville
Palm Beach County Fair West Palm Beach
Florida State Fair Tampa
Sarasota Fair Sarasota

INVESTIGATIONS AND RESEARCH
Excellent cooperation was obtained from Dr. Mark F. Boyd
of Tallahassee, Brigadier General Russell C. Langdon of New
York, the Floridd Historical Society, the U.D.C., National Ar-
chives, the National Park Service, the Florida State Museum,
the Smithsonian Institution, the educational institutions, the
U. S. Navy, the U. S. Army, the National Guard Association,
the Florida Audubon Society, the Seaboard Air Line Railway
and many individuals and organizations.
The Florida State Library has been outstandingly helpful in
furnishing information, books, papers and pictures. The Librar-
ian and her assistants contributed much by their generous aid
and interest.







NEW HIGHWAY SIGNS


The shop at Gold Head Branch continued the production of
routed letter wood signs, which are so appropriate in State
Parks and at Historic Memorials.
In addition, the making of metal highway signs was inau-
gurated and now many of them guide highway travelers to the
areas. They are much easier to read than the old type signs
and they also conform closely to signs erected by the State
Road Department. They are easy to install, maintain arid re-
place.
In some cases, too many signs are placed within a park and
this tendency has to be curbed or the visitors feel they are
being restricted too closely.

ROADS AND PARKING AREAS
Great progress .has been made during the past two years in
the matter of Counties in which the Parks and Historic Me-
morials are situated, providing roads and parking areas.
County Commissioners have cooperated well and the State
Road Department has responded excellently wherever consid-
erable local interest was shown in filling the needs.
Some of our older areas now have good access and park
roads. Gold Head Branch and Torreya now have good roads. The
road from Pensacola Beach to the Quartermaster's Wharf at
Fort Pickens has been resurfaced. However, it is greatly in
need of stabilization of the shoulders, parking turnouts and
parking areas.
The excellently laid out and constructed loop road in High-
lands Hammock State Park is badly in need of resurfacing. A
short stretch in Collier-Seminole should have a top coat.
Jonathan Dickinson will not have heavy use except during
dry weather until the graded road to the lovely Loxahatchee is
surfaced. Old O'Leno, the camping Alma Mater of thousands of
Florida youngsters throughout almost a quarter century, has
a road which is sub-standard. Hillsborough, with all of its magi-
cal charm, needs a top coat to keep the dust off the vegetation
and out of the eyes and lungs of both young and old.
Myakka, majestically large and nationally famous for both
its upland and aquatic wildlife, would benefit greatly if its well
laid out system of park roads were surfaced.
Pellicer Creek will not have very heavy use when it opens
soon unless one can reach it over a paved road from U. S. No. 1.






























Kitchen Creek, in Jonathan Dickinson State Park, is hard to reach at present. It is
very beautiful.


A new entrance and a short stretch of surfacing would do
wonders for already popular Suwannee River State Park be-
tween Madison and Live Oak.
Florida has many nice parks with adequate parking areas.
However, at some of them there is not sufficient or satisfactory
parking space.
Fort Pickens is woefully short. St. Andrews is too. Killearn
Gardens has just been supplied. Tomoka will need added
areas. Turtle Mound needs them now.
In sandy areas, where parking areas are inadequate, many
local residents and a large number of out-of-state visitors get
stuck in the sand. Naturally, this experience is annoying, ex-
hausting and quite expensive for the motorist. It is also time
consuming for the park personnel as, whenever possible, they
render assistance.
The table which follows indicates the conditions and needs
for roads, surfacing and parking areas.
















STATE PARK ROAD AND PARKING AREAS-CONDITIONS AND NEEDS


Park


Anastasia ..........................
Collier-Seminole ................
Florida Caverns ..................
Fort Clinch .........................
Fort Pickens .......................

Gold Head Branch ............
Highlands Hammock ........
.C Hillsborough River ........
0 Hugh Taylor Birch ............
Jonathan Dickinson ........
Killearn Gardens ..............
Kingsley Plantation ..........
Little Talbot Island .......
Manatee Springs ................
Myakka River ...................
O 'L en o ............... .................
Pellicer Creek ....................
Tom oka ................................
T orreya ................................
St. Andrews ...................
Suwannee River ................
South Creek .....................


Road to Park


Excellent
Excellent
Excellent
Excellent
Excellent


Park Roads


Y4 mile surfacing ....................
R esurfacing ...........................
Resurfacing ............................
I mile needs top coat ..........


Excellent .............................. Excellent ......................
Excellent ......................... Resurfacing needed .................
Excellent .............................. Needs surfacing 21,2 miles ..
Excellent ......................... Excellent ...............................
Excellent ......................... Surfacing ...........................
E excellent ............................... E excellent ..... ............................
Fair-needs surfacing ........ Needs surfacing ......................
Excellent .......................... Excellent ......................... ........
Excellent ................... ........... Surfacing .......................................
Being re-built-bad ......... 41,miles needs surfacing ..
Excellent ................................ 2 miles surfacing needed .....
G ra d ed .................................... I N on e ............. ............. .............
Excellent ..............................2 miles needs surfacing ........
E excellent ................. ....... .... E excellent ....... .........................
Excellent ......... .... Excellent .................. .......
Excellent .............................. 4 m ile-Surfacing .....................
E excellent .............................. N one ...................... ......... .....


New Roads Needed


2 m iles .................... ...................
350 lin. ft. ..................................
'A Mile Negro area. One
mile picnic, beach area ........


To camp area /4 mile ..........

3V6 miles-Graded ...................

/5 m ile ....................................

A m ile ...................................
312 miles access from north

1,2 miles needed ....................




2 miles & Entrance ...............
12 mile needed ....................


Needed Parking Areas


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HISTORIC MEMORIALS ROADS AND PARKING AREAS


Park


Addison Blockhouse .........................
Battle of Marianna ................................
Bulow Ruins ......................................


Road to Park Park Roads New Roads Needed Parking Areas Needed


None ............................. N None ............................. Grade and shell 1 mile None 10-car.................
Excellent .......................... N one .......................None ..................................... City None ...... ..........
N needed ........ .......... .. 1.2 m iles-Surface ............ .................................................. Yes ...... .........


Dade Battlefield ................................Excellent .............
DeFuniak Confederate
Monument .......................................... Excellent ................
Gamble Mansion ................................ Excellent .................
G orrie ......... ..... ....... ............... ... Excellent ... ........
Green Mound ...................................... Excellent .................
Huguenot .................... .......... ...., Excellent ......
Madira Bickel Mound ......................... Excellent ..........
Natural Bridge Battlefield .................. Excellent ................
New Smyrna Sugar Mill ...................... Good ..........................
Olustee Battlefield ........................... Excellent .................
Ormond's Tomb ............................... Excellent .................
R ibault ........ ........... ....................... Excellent .................
State Constitution .................................. Excellent ................
Turtle Mound .......................................... Good ........................
Y ellow B luff ............................................ E excellent .................
Y ulee M ill ................................................... E excellent .................


......... R surface 3,500 lin. ft. N one .................................... Y es ......................................


......... N one .................................. N one ....................................
........... N one ............................... N one ....... ....................
.......... N one .................................... N one ....................................


None ..................................
None ...............................
None ............ ..............
1-8 Mile-Surfacing ........
Surfacing 1-10 mile ........
N on e ..................................
None ..............................
Excellent .......................
N on e .................................
N on e ...................................
None ................ ................


12 m ile ...............................
S....................... ... ......... ..........
1-10 m ile .. ................
N one .. .........................
N one ...................................
N one ................................
Sm ile .................................
N one ................... .................
N one ........... ............ .......
N one ............ .................
N one ................................


City None ...................
A adequate ...........................
City None ......................

Yes ....... ..................
5-C ar ..............

10-Car .............................
N one .................

Yes .........................
N on e ............ ........................


Surface ...... .....................
30-C ar ..............................
Adequate .....................
City None .................










FISCAL ACTIVITIES
The financial statement which follows shows where the
money came from and how it has been used during this
biennium.
Although the Legislature, by the appropriations made for
Parks and Historic Memorials, had in mind that certain things
could be accomplished, this was not the case.
It immediately became evident that amounts appropriated
in 1955 lacked 100 per cent purchasing power in 1956 and this
has also held true for 1957.
Therefore, in order to spread the funds as far as possible,
in many cases, planned facilities had to be reduced in either
size or scope and other economies had to be practiced.
Space And Help Needed
The matter of insufficient space and poor office arrange-
ment hampered the efficiency of the fiscal work. For the better
part of the biennium it had to be carried on in two rooms.
New quarters have provided this activity with four nice
rooms, affording suitable separation of the various activities.
Field inventories, audits, fiscal control and fiscal training
in the field have not kept pace with the expansion of the
park system. This can only be rectified by providing additional
help, some of which would be used in working in the field from
the Tallahassee Office.
Considerable improvement has been made in the matter
of speeding up the payment of accounts. However, here, too,
the lack of sufficient personnel slows up this work.
Economies are affected by purchasing state-wide many items
which are used. However, in many cases it is more advantageous
and economical to make certain purchases in the vicinity of the
area where the item or service will be used.
Lack of suitable storage space in or near the office and lack
of a messenger consumes a considerable amount of time. The
matter of storage space will be corrected as soon as some
nearby space becomes available. The employment of a messen-
ger will, of course, depend on the wishes of the Legislature.









FINANCIAL STATEMENT
July 1, 1954 June 30, 1955

FUNDS AVAILABLE FOR EXPENDITURES


Trust Amounts
Cash Balance 6-30-54
Receipts-Mdse. for Resale $ 78,741.21
Receipts-Other 79,101.61
Receipts-State & Federal Taxes 2,932.52
Receipts-Transfers 27.35
Receipts-Donations 5.00
Total Available
Less Cash Balance Forwarded 6-30-55
Net Available in Trust 1954-55
Trust Fund
Salaries 7,182.25
Expense 102,095.00
3% Comptroller 4,567.29
Capital Outlay 68,416.75
Killearn Gardens Mortgage 11,939.17
General Revenue Appropriations
Salaries 271,783.88
Expenses 152,086.00
Capital Outlay 195,339.26
Difference in Estimated Captial
Outlay Balance & Estimated Balance
Grand Total Available


Sub-Totals
$ 58,435.19



160,807.69
219,242.88
56,165.85
163,077.03




194,200.46



619,209.14

755.74
814,165.34


FUNDS EXPENDED


All Funds
Salaries
Wages
Professional Services
Contractural Services
Materials and Supplies
Current Charges & Obligations
Capital Outlay
Debt Service
Non-operating
Reserves and Balances
General Revenue
Salaries
Expenses
Captial Outlay
Trust Fund
Salaries
Expenses
Capital Outlay
Killearn Gardens Mortgage
Outstanding Encumbrances
Difference in Estimated Capital
Outlay Balance & Actual Balance
Total Reserves and Balances
GRAND TOTAL, EXPENDITURES,
RESERVES AND BALANCES


278,185.32
63,959.75
3,498.39 -
67 364.81
49,901.13
18,665.99
207,807.20
11,600.00
50,606.88


780.81
4.17
3.35


353.83
8.808.94
339.17


751,589.47




788.33




9,501.94
51,529.86
755.74
62,575.87

$ 814,165.34








FINANCIAL STATEMENT
July 1, 1955 June 30, 1956


FUNDS AVAILABLE FOR EXPENDITURES


Trust
Cash Balance 6-30-54
Receipts-Mdse. for Resale $ 96,659.62
Receipts-Other 132,750.74
Receipts-State and Federal Taxes 3,474.11
Transfers 14.42
Refunds 26.95
Total Available
Less Cash Balance Forwarded 6-30-56
Net available in Trust 1955-56


Trust Fund
Salaries
Expenses
3% Comptroller
Capital Outlay
Refunds
Killearn Gardens Mortgage
General Revenue Appropriations
Salaries
Expenses
Capital Outlay
Emergency Fund
Less Emergency Fund Balance
Less Comptroller's 3% Refund
Grand Total Available


173,775.00
5,635.00
39,790.00
163.10
11,566.16

323,702.00
150,000.00
66,295.00
15,000.00


$ 56,165.85



232,925.84
289,091.69
119,879.99
169,213.70


230,929.26


554,997.00
366.16
100.00
785,460.10


FUNDS EXPENDED


All Funds
Salaries
Wages
Professional Services
Contractural Services
Materials and Supplies
Current Charges & Obligations
Capital Outlay
Debt Service
Non-operating
Reserves and Balances
General Revenue
Salaries
Expense
Capital Outlay
Emergency Fund
Trust Fund
Salaries
Expense
Capital Outlay
Comptroller's 3%
Killearn Gardens Mortgage
Less Difference in Fund & Statements
GRAND TOTAL EXPENDITURES,
RESERVES AND BALANCES


311,463.25
80,350.59
4,011.41
71,359.58
59,663.51
12,016.29
88,138.39
11,200.00
70,459.98


12,238.75
109.82
.38
14,396.75


31,343.15
18,549.48
258.77
366.16


708,663.00




26,745.70




50,517.56
466.16

$ 785,460.10








THE 1957-1959 BUDGET

The request for funds for the consideration of the 1957
Legislature was made after a careful study of the needs of the
various State Parks and Historic Memorials. It is felt that al-
though not mu&h expansion of activities can be attained if
these amounts are appropriated, the existing parks can be satis-
factorily operated, a few of the undeveloped areas can be par-
tially developed and work can be started on several newly
acquired areas.
However, this will, in all probability, only provide for our
present population and visitors. To take care of our increasing
permanent and visiting population, additional areas should be
obtained. Many of them will have to be purchased.

BUDGET REQUEST FOR THE 1957 SESSION
OF THE LEGISLATURE
(Summafy of Proposed .Expenditures for Salaries, Expenses, and Operating
Capital Outlay, For the Biennium 1957-59)


Fund ,
General Revenue Fund
General Appropriation Act:
Salaries
Expenses
Operating Capital Outlay
Total General Revenue
Appropriations


Requested Requested Total
Fiscal Year Fiscal Year Biennium
1957-58 1957-59 1958-59


$ 484,920.00
255,000.00
94,832.00


:* : U: : : 834,752.00


$ 558,276.00
250,000.00
62,150.00


$ 1,043,096.00
505,000.00
156,982.00


870,426.00 1,705,178.00


Trust Funds
1. State Park Fund, Chapter 25353
Salaries
Expenses
Operating Capital Outlay

Total State Park Fund
2. Killearn Garden Trust Fund
Resolution of State Budget
Commission Dated 3-31-53
Expenses

Total Killearn Garderi Trust Fund

Total Trust Funds

GRAND TOTAL ALL FUNDS

Recapitulation-All Funds
Salaries
Expenses
Operating Capital Outlay
GRAND TOTAL ALL FUNDS


179,338 00
96,008.00


221.036.00
40,320 00


400,374.00
136,338.00


275,346.C0 261,366.00 536,712.00


10,400.00

10,400.00


10,400.00

10,400.00


285,746.00 261,366 00 547,112 00


$1,120,498.00


484,920.00
444,738.00
190,840.00
$1,120,498.00


$1,131.792.00


558,276.00
471,036.00
102,480.00
$1,131,792.00


$2,252.290.00


1,043,196.00
915,774.00
293,320.00
$ 2,252,290.00







LEGISLATURE BUDGET


FOR THE 1957 SESSION OF THE LEGISLATURE


Priority Designation


Total
Estimated
Cost


ANASTASIA STATE PARK
Bathhouse & Combination
2 Well, Pump & Water Lines
Camping Rest Room
Overlook Rest Room
2 Picnic Pavilions
Other Park Facilities
Rangers Residence
Campers Shelter


$ 49,600.00
3,900.00
13,650.00
15,800.00
16,000.00
3,600.00
13,800.00
3,200.00


COLLIER-SEMINOLE STATE PARK
Catwalks
Rangers Residence
Dredging Waterways
Water Supply
Boat Dock
Boat Dock Building
Equipment Shed & Workshop
Picnic Tables

RIBAULT STATE PARK
Ranger Residence
Well, Pump & Tank & Water Lines
Rest Room & Pavilion
Other Park Facilities
Fence & Entrance
Garage & Shop
Boat Ramp

FLORIDA CAVERNS STATE PARK
Ranger Residence
Golf Pro. Shop
Barbecue Pit Shelter
Equipment Shelter & Shop
Ranger Residence
Picnic Pavilion
Pressure Water Tank
Other Park Facilities


10,000.00
15,000.00
60,000.00
5,000.00
10,000.00
26,500.00
15,850.00
1,350.00


13,800.00
7,000.00
15,500.00
8,200.00
8,000.00
11,800.00
5,000.00


13,800.00
5,000.00
3,000.00
15,850.00
13,800.00
8,000.00
500.00
1,200.00







FORT CLINCH STATE PARK
1. Rework Boat Ramp & Dock 8,000.00
2. Boat Ramp Concession 9,000.00
3. Picnic Pavilion 8,000.00
4. Ranger Residence 13,800.00
5. Other Park Facilities 1,600.00
6. Barbecue Pit & Shelter 3,000.00
7. Barracks Reconstruction 50,000.00

FORT PICKENS STATE PARK
1. Fort Combination Building 47,300.00
2. Campers Rest Room .13,650.00
3. Picnic Pavilions, 2 each 16,000.00
4. Barbecue Pit & Shelter 3,000.00
5. Equipment Shelter & Shop 15,850.00
6. Boat Launching Ramp 5,000.00
7. Other Park Facilities 3,400.00
8. Campers Shelter 2,000.00

GOLD HEAD BRANCH STATE PARK
1. Workshop 6,500.00
2. Ranger Residence 13,800.00
3. 2 Picnic Pavilions 16,000.00
4. Metal Pressure Tank 4,000.00
5. Campers Shelter 2,000.00
6. Fence-Rebuild 2,000.00
7. Swimming Docks, rebuild 2,500,00
8. Addition Ranger House 2,500.00
9. Other Park Facilities 3,000.00
10. Barbecue Pit & Shelter 3,000.00

HIGHLANDS HAMMOCK STATE PARK
1. Amphitheatre Rest Room 3,840.00
2. Pressure Tank, Amphitheatre 1,500.00
3. Other Park Facilities 3,750.00
4. Equipment Shelter 8,750.00
5. Scout Camp Rest Room 3,800.00
6. Scout Camp, Well, Pump & Tank 2,000.00
7. Addition Ranger Residence 3,500.00
8. 2 Campers Shelters 4,000.00
9. Repairs Tower House 4,000.00
10. Lumber Shed 1,200.00
11. Repairs Trailer Camp Rest Room 1,000.00







HILLSBOROUGH RIVER STATE PARK
Scout Camp Rest Room
Ranger Residence
2-Picnic Pavilions
Other Park Facilities
Equipment Shelter
Enlarge Campers Rest Room
Pavilion on Day Camp Building
Campers Shelter
Rebuild Fence
Rebuild Suspension Bridge


HUGH TAYLOR BIRCH STATE PARK
Sprinkler System
Pavilion Addition to Picnic Rest Rooms
2 Camp Cottages
Dressing Rooms & Showers
Enclose Porch Refreshment Pavilion
2 Picnic Pavilions
Boat & Canoe Storage
Addition to Garage Apt.
20 Picnic Tables



WOODRUFF LAKE STATE PARK
(White Area)
Rangers Residence
2 Wells, Pump, Tank & Water Lines
Combination Building
Other Park Facilities
Boat Launching Facilities
Headquarters
Campers Rest Room
2 Picnic Pavilions & Campers Shelter
Equipment Shelter & Shop
Fence


3,840.00
13,800.00
16,000.00
3,600.00
8,750.00
5,000.00
9,000.00
2,000.00
4,000.00
4,000.00


20,000.00
4,800.00
9,900.00
15,000.00
5,000.00
16,000.00
8,900.00
3,000.00
900.00


13,800.00
10,500.00
22,750.00
4,950.00
12,000.00
10,000.00
13,650.00
18,000.00
15,200.00
3,500.00







WOODRUFF LAKE STATE PARK
(Colored Area)
1. Well, Pump, Tank & Water Lines 7,000.00
2. Ranger Residence 13,800.00
3. 2 Picnic Pavilions 16,000.00
4. Combination Building 18,000.00
5. Other Park Facilities 2,550.00
6. Fence & Entrance 2,000.00
7. Boat Dock & Ramp 10,000.00
8. Playground Equipment 1,500.00
JONATHAN DICKINSON STATE PARK
1. Campers Rest Room 13,650.00
2. Well, Pump, Tank & Water Lines 2,250.00
3. Rangers Residence 13,800.00
4. Campers Shelter 2,000.00
5. Picnic Pavilion 8,000.00
6. Barbecue Pit & Shelter 3,000.00
7. Boat Ramp 4,500.00
8. Rebuild Fence 4,000.00
9. Other Park Facilities 1,500.00
KILLEARN GARDENS STATE PARK
1. Rangers Residence 13,800.00
2. Sunken Garden 6,000.00
3. Sprinkler System Expansion and
Water Line Extension 7,500.00
4. Barbecue Pit & Shelter 3,000.00
5. 2 Picnic Pavilions 16,000.00
6. Boat Ramp 4,500.00
7. Other Park Facilities 2,400.00
8. Ranger Residence (colored) 5,000.00
9. Garden Expansion 10,000.00
LAKE GRIFFIN STATE PARK
1. Acquisition 20,000.00
2. Dredging 15,000.00
MAGNOLIA LAKE STATE PARK (Colored)
1. Well, Pump, Tank & Water Lines 7,500.00
2. Ranger Residence 13,800.00
3. Combination Building 28,000.00
4. Other Park Facilities 2,750.00
5. Garage & Shop 7,000.00
6. Entranceway & Contact Station 5,000.00
7. Fence 4,000.00
8. Docks 5,000.00
9. Picnic Shelter 8,400.00







LITTLE TALBOT ISLAND STATE PARK


Bath House & Combination
Enlarge Water Supply
2 Fishing Piers
6 Picnic Pavilions
2 Ranger Residence
Park Headquarters
Other Park Facilities


MANATEE SPRINGS STATE PARK
Enlarge Bath House
Equipment Shed & Shop
Picnic Pavilion
Barbecue Pit & Shelter
Dock & Spring Walkway
Scout Campers Rest Room
Acquisition
Other Park Facilities
Campers Shelter

MYAKKA RIVER STATE PARK
Trailer Camp Rest Room
Rangers Residence
2 Picnic Pavilions
Barbecue Pit & Shelter
Other Park Facilities
Equipment Shelter
Fence
Camper Shelter
Addition to Office

O'LENO STATE PARK
Group Camp Dining Hall
Women's Bath House
6 Group Camp Cabins
Recreation Building
PELLICER CREEK STATE PARK
Ranger Residence
Well, Pump, Tank & Storage
Picnic Shelter & Rest Room
Other Park Facilities
Boat Ramp
Fence


55,300.00
2,500.00
200,000.00
26,400.00
27,600.00
9,900.00
3,450.00


4,000.00
13,750.00
8,000.00
3,000.00
2,500.00
3,800.00
20,000.00
1,275.00
2,000.00


13,650.00
13,800.00
11,000.00
3,000.00
2,700.00
14,000.00
1,750.00
2,000.00
1,980.00


33,000.00
9,600.00
28,800.00
25,500.00


13,800.00
5,000.00
16,500.00
1,275.00
5,000.00
4,800.00






SOUTH CREEK STATE PARK
1. Water Lines 2,500.00
2. Picnic Pavilion & Rest Room 37,500.00
3. Other Park Facilities 2,400.00
4. Equipment Shed &.Shop 8,200.00
5. .Entrance & Fence (contact station) 7,500.00
6. Day Camp Shelter & Rest Rooms 22,200.00
7. Playground Equipment 1,500.00

ST. ANDREWS STATE PARK
1. 4 Picnic Pavilions 32,000.00
2. Workshop & Garage 17,000.00
3. Rangers Residence 13,800.00
4. 75 Covered Tables 20,625.00
5. Dredge 10,000.00
6. Fence 800.00
7. Camping Rest Room & Laundry 13,650.00
8. Day Camp Rest Room & Shelter 12,000.00
9. Campers Shelter 2,000.00
SUWANNEE RIVER STATE PARK
1. Campers Rest Room & Laundry 13,650.00
2. Rangers Residence 13,800.00
3. Well, Pump & Tank 5,000.00
4. 2 Picnic Pavilions 16,000.00
5. Equipment Shelter & Shop 14,500.00
6. Other Park Facilities 3,000.00
7. Barbecue Pit & Shelter 3,000.00
8. Boat Ramp 7,000.00
9. Campers Shelter 2,000.00
10. Foot Bridge 1,500.00
TORREYA STATE PARK
1. Rangers Residence 13,800.00
2. Gate House 6,500.00
3. Campers Rest Room & Laundry 13,800.00
4. Equipment Shelter & Shop 14,500.00
5. Group Camp Rest Room & Kitchen 9,700.00
6. Pavilion 8,000,00
7. Boat Basin & Dock 15,000.00
8. Furniture, Gregory House 1,000.00
9. Campers Shelters 2,000.00
10. 2 Trailside Shelters 2,000.00
11. Other Park Facilities 2,400.00







TOMOKA STATE PARK
1. Campers Rest Room 13,650.00
2. Rangers Residence & Well, Pump & Tank 15,050.00
3. 2 Picnic Pavilions 16,000.00
4. Boat Ramp (colored) 2,000.00
5. Complete Building at Boat Basin 14,000.00
6. Other Park Facilities 2,950.00
7. Barbecue Pit & Shelter 3,000.00
8. Day Camp Shelter & Rest Rooms 12,000.00
9. Campers Shelter 2,000.00
10. Fence 1,000.00

BULOW PLANTATION RUINS
HISTORIC MEMORIAL
1. Equipment Shelter & Shop 12,500.00
2. Repair Ruins 3,000.00
3. Fence 4,000.00
4. Other Park Facilities 2,000.00

CONSTITUTION HISTORIC MEMORIAL
1. Picnic Pavilions, 2 each 16,000.00
2. Other Park Facilities 1,200.00

DADE BATTLEFIELD HISTORIC MEMORIAL
1. Storage Addition to Recreation Building 2,500.00
2. 2 Picnic Pavilions 16,000.00

GORRIE HISTORIC MEMORIAL
1. Rebuild Boundary Walls 2,000.00

HUGUENOT HISTORIC MEMORIAL
1. 2 Well, Pump & Tank 8,000.00
2. Rangers Residence 13,800.00
3. Rest Room & Pavilion 12,600.00
4. Fence, Entranceway & Gate House 13,000.00
5. Garage & Workshop 12,500.00

KINGSLEY PLANTATION HISTORIC MEMORIAL
1. Public Rest Rooms 6,500.00
2. Addition Ranger Residence 4,000.00

OLUSTEE BATTLEFIELD HISTORIC MEMORIAL
1. Rest Room & Storage 7,000.00








































The Fair Association donated space and lights for exhibits. Above were at Pensacola, Jacksonville and Tam-
na. Bottom one at Palm Beach County Fair won blue ribbon and silver cup.






TURTLE MOUND HISTORIC MEMORIAL
1. Rangers Residence 14,400.00
2. Well, Pump & Tank 2,000.00
3. Museum & Rest Room 16,800.00
4. Museum Exhibit 2,000.00
5. Fence 700.00
JOHN ROLLINS SANCTUARY
1. Well, Pump & Tank 2,000.00
2. Equipment Shed & Shop 13,750.00
3. Fence Muncillia House 2,000.00



WHAT DID THEY COST?

WHAT ARE THEY WORTH?
The Florida State Parks and Historic Memorials comprise an
outstanding park system, all of which was accumulated since
1934.
The areas were acquired in various ways. The acquisition costs
to the State, other than for interest payments, title search and
title clearing for all of these varied properties, only total ap-
proximately $275,000.00 The present value of the land alone,
on the present high market, would probably be in the excess
of fifty million dollars.
The State of Florida has put less than three million dollars
in the improvements in the Parks. The improvements which
were donated, obtained at no cost to the State through the
CCC from the United States Government and by the State of
Florida have a probable present value of twenty-five million
dollars. Therefore, the total value of the whole system is pro-
bably in excess of seventy-five million dollars. An appraisal is
now in progress.
However, it is difficult to put a monetary value on in-
tangibles. The aesthetic, cultural, mental and physical health,
educational, historical and scenic values cannot be estimated in
dollars and cents. If this were possible, the estimated value
of this park system would reach a much higher figure.
The table which follows shows how the parks were acquired.
The prices paid to the United States for land, and in many
cases, that paid to individuals and business concerns was purely
nominal.









HOW AREAS WERE ACQUIRED


Area Individual


Anastasia
Collier-Seminole
Florida Caverns
Fort Clinch


Fort Pickens
Gold Head Branch

Highlands Hammock


Hillsborough River

Hugh Taylor Birch
Jonathan Dickinson
Killearn Gardens
SLittle Talbot Island
Manatee Springs

Myakka River

O'Leno
Pellicer Creek
St. Andrews
Suwanee River
Tomoka


Torreya


Purchase
Gift &
Purchase

Gift &
Purchase


Gift &
Purchase
Gift

Gift

Purchase

Gift &
Purchase
Purchase
Gift

Purchase
Gift &
Purchase

Gift &
Purchase


U.


City,
County
State


Company
or Firm


- 1 I I


Purchase

Gift

Purchase
Gift





Gift
Purchase





Purchase

Purchase


Dept. Ed.
I. I. Fund
Fernandina
& I. I. Fund

I. I. Fund

I. I. Fund


I. I. Fund

I. I. Fund

S. R. D.



I. I. Fund

I. I. Fund
I. I. Fund


Gift
Purchase
Purchase


Gift &
Purchase


Purchase




Gift &
Purchase
Purchase



Purchase
Purchase


Gift


Association*


Highlands Hammock.
DeSoto State Park
Fla. Bot. G&H.












Volusia Hammock State
Park Association


I


1













Addison Blockhouse

Bulow Plantation

Constitution

Dade Battlefield
Gamble Mansion
Green Mound
Gorrie
Huguenot
Kingsley
Madira Bickel Mound
N Natural Bridge
New Smyrna Ruins
Olustee Battlefield
Ormond Tomb

Rollins Bird & Plant Sane.
Muncillia House
Turtle Mound
Yellow Bluff Fort
Yulee Mill
Ribault
Lake Griffin


Gift

Gift


Gift


State & Port
St. Joe


Apalachicola








Duval County



I. I. Fund


Purchase


Gift


Volusia Hammock State
Park Assoc.
Volusia Hammock State
Park Assoc.

Dade Mem. Assoc.
U. D. C.
Historical Society

Gift

U. D. C.
Historical Society
U. D. C.
Volusia Hammock
State Park Assoc.
Rollins College
Rollins College
Historical Society

County Fed. W. Club


* All tracts under "Associations" were gifts.









PARK AND HISTORIC MEMORIAL RECEIPTS AND ATTENDANCE


PARK OR HISTORIC MEMORIAL


Attendance


Administration
Anastasia (1)
Bulow Plantation Ruins
Collier Seminole
Constitution
Dade Battlefield
Florida Caverns
Fort Clinch
0' Fort Pickens
Gold Head Branch
Highlands Hammock
Hillsborough River
Hugh Taylor Birch
Huguenot*
John Garrie*
Rollins Sanctuary*
Jonathan Dickinson
Gamble Mansion
Killearn Gardens
Kingsley Plantation*
Little Talbot Island
Madira Bickel Mound*
Manatee Springs


57,600
5,382
62,432
2,032
41,565
44,734
53,224
271,738
93,640
57,811
106,350
683,251
1,000
500
200
1,355
2,221
14,426
2,500
247,220
500
16,663


FISCAL YEAR
1954-1955


Receipts


3.78
233.40
77.85
243.29

50.00
26,480.25
6,989.44
3,916.47
19,455.77
9,426.97
16,700.07
45,930.25
150.00



428.35
5,142.65

9,274.10

1,142.06


FISCAL YEAR
1955-1955


Attendance


63,420
5,953
51,310
10,903
47,940
58,799
97,946
492,090
76,891
57,393
125,763
733,034
1,000
500
200
9,104
3,815
19,423
2,500
265,024
500
25,679


Receipts


$ 61.48
365.70
154.34
1,239.24

564.60
25,022.15
11,076.37
8,538.37
15,462.15
**45,019.99
19,487.68
56,919.15
150.00


121.95
752.75
5,767.86

9,533.30

2,100.71


FIRST 5 MONTHS
FISCAL YEAR
1956-1957


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Receipts


Attendance


59,545
2,936
17,539
4,212
22,438
25,217
70,124
210,902
40,387
21,132
65,847
329,493
750
375
150
2,516
1,488
1,853
2,500
147,859
375
18,175


$ 10.50
96.48
66.35
403.01

304.06
13,056.44
6,742.26
5,21 0.37
6,783.70
12,442.94
9,880.15
23,253.15
150.00


102.37
272.44
1,015.09

6,649.07

1,975.34











Myakka River
Natural Bridge Battlefield*
New Smyrna Sugar Mill Ruins
O'Leno
Olustee Battlefield
Pellicer Creek*
St. Andrews
Suwannee River (2)
Tomoka
Torreya
Turtle Mound*
'-, Yellow Bluff Fort*
" Yulee Sugar Mill Ruins*


Totals


56,058
2,500
13,015
37,488
2,394
500
192,293
1,700
-59,751
7,059
2,500
1,000
500


2,143,102


9,031.87


5,000.58
487.25


628.67

14.02


63,293
3,300
12,805
33,758
5,122
500
210,757
3,500
116,325
7,788
2,500
1,000
500


$160,807.69 2,610,335


10,002.05


5,617.66
8.65

14,130.43
134.30
590.29
104.67


$232,925.84


26,831
2,500
7,644
18,609
2,734
375
106,663
10,738
52,728
6,231
2,500
1,250
500


1,285,116


4,347.78


3,763.85
3.00

13,149.45
275.47
604.25
211.36




$110,768.88


(1) Closed first 6 months of 1954-55 fiscal year, under construction.
(2) Office estimate of 1954-55. Opened in Jan. 1955.
* Office estimate
** Includes $35,542.00 in 1955-56 & $9,105.00 in 1956-57 from sales of burned timber.











USE AND FACILITIES

Fishing
Exhibits L-Lake Refresh- Vacation Picnic Barbecue Rental Boat
Park or S-Stream Bathhouse ments Cabins Facilities Pit Boats Docks
Museum B-Beach or Canoes or Ramp

A n astasia ................. ................ ...... ..................... S -B ........... .. ........ ... ............. ..................... X .................... .... .................. D -R
C ollier-Sem in ole ............................ X S ..................... ..................... ..................... X
F lo rid a C av ern s............................... X S ................... 1 ..................... X ............ .... ...................... ................
F ort C linch .......... .... ....... ............. X B .................. X 1 ..................... X ........... ................ R
F ort P ick enss.................................... X B ...................... 1 .................... X ............ .. ...... ........ D
Gold Head Branch............................................. L B 1 14 X X X D
H igh lands H am m ock ...................... X S ..................... 1 ..................... X X .................... ......... ..........
Hillsbcrough River....................... X S B 1 X X X D
Hugh Taylor Birch........................ X L .................... 1 ..................... X X X D
L little T alb ot Islan d .................... ..................... B -S B 2 .................... X ..................... ................... .....................
Manatee Springs........................ ............. S B 1 ..................... X .................... X D-R
Myakka River2 ............................. X L-S .................... 1 5 X X X D
O 'L eno ................................................. X S B 1 X a X .................... X D
S t. A n drew sz ................................... .................... B -S B a 2 .................... X ................... ..................... D
S u w an n ee R iv er ................... ....... .......... S .......................... X ................. ............... .......... ........
T om ok a e .......... ....... .... ........ .................. S ..................... .................... .................... X 2 ...... ....... ...... ...... R
T orrey a 4 .. .......................... X S ..................... ..................... ..................... X X ..............................

Historic Memorials
N atu ra l B rid g e .............................. ..................... S ..................... X ..................... ...................... ................
B u low R uins .................................. X S .................... ........... ........... ................... X......................
Dade Battlefield ........................ .... X ...... .................. ..... ...... .................... X X
G am b le M an sio n ................ ...... ..... ...................... .................. ..... ................ .. ............ ..................... ......................
Kingsley Plantation...................... ..................... S
Olustee Battlefield.......................... X
C on stitu tion M on u m en t ............ X ........................ ........... ... ............... ... ................. ....................... ......................


1 Colored only
2 White and Colored Areas


a Early Spring, late Fall and Winter use only
4 Bunkhouse only









USE AND FACILITIES (Continued)


Park Recreation Trailer Day Tent Group Nature
Building Camping Camping Camping Camping Trails Swimming Guides

A nastasia .............. .. ..................................... ....... ........ .......... X ............ ......... ...... ............ 5... .... ......
C ollier-S em in ole ................ .................................... .................... X X X ............ ... .............. 6
Florida Caverns .................................................. 1 X X X ................... X 6 X
F ort C lin ch ........................................... ......... 1 ..................... X X ............ ......... 5 X
Fort Pickensa ................... .......................... 1 X X X ............. ............... 5 X
Gold Head Branch .............................................. 1 X X X ..................... X X.....................
Highlands Hammock ................................................ 2 ................. X 6 X
Hillsborough River .............................. 1 X X X ...................... X X ..................
H u gh T ay lor B irch ............................................ 1 .................... X ...................... 1 ..................... X
L little T alb ot Islan d 2 .......................................... 11 ........... ....... X .............. .....................
M anatee Springs ..................................... .... ............... X X X .................... ............................
Myakka River2 ............................... ............. 1 X X X .................... X
O 'L eno ........................................ .............. ........ 1 .................... X X X X ..............
St. A ndrew s2 ............ .............. ........ ...... .. .............. X X 1 .................... X
Su w an n ee R iv er.......................................................................... X X .................... ..................... 5 ....................
T o m o k a ............................................. ...................................... ................... X X ................. ........ ............. ..... .......... ...............
Torreya .................................................................. .......... X X X (4) ...................... ........


Historic Memorials
N a tu ra l B rid g e ................... ................................. .................. ...... ... ......... .................... ... .. .............................. .. ........ ....... ........ .... . .. ..................
B ulow R uins ...................... .............. ........ .... ..... ......... ..... X x.. ........ .. .... .. ..... ..................... X
D ade Battlefield ............................................. 1 ...... ........... X ............... .............. ..... X
G a m b le M an sio n ............................ ................... ......... .... .................... ...................... ................ .. .......... ........ ......... ..........................
K in gsley P plantation ................... ....... ...... 1.. ... .. ..... ................ ......... .. ... ....... ...........
O lu stee B battlefield ........ ...... ........ ................. ............ ... ................... .... ........... .............. ... ... ... ...... X
C o n stitu tio n M o n u m en t ....................... ................. ....... .................. .. ..................... .................... ................ ... ................. ....................... .....................


1 Colored only
a White and Colored Areas


3 Winter use only
4 Bunkhouse only


Bathing permitted-no facilities
6 Bathing nearby-not in park
No bath houses at Hugh Taylor Birch, Fort Pickens or Anastasia








ACREAGE OF STATE PARKS & HISTORIC


State Parks
Anastasia
Collier-Seminole
Florida Caverns
Fort Clinch
Fort Pickens
Gold Head Branch
Highlands Hammock
Hillsborough River
Hugh Taylor Birch
Jonathan Dickinson
Killearn Gardens
Little Talbot Island
Manatee Springs
Myakka River
O'Leno
Pellicer Creek
Saint Andrews
Suwannee River
Tomoka
Torreya


Sub-total
Historic Memorials
Addison Blockhouse
Battle of Marianna
Bulow Plantation Ruins
Confederate Monument
Constitution Convention
Dade Battlefield
Gamble Mansion
Gorrie
Green Mound
Huguenot
Kingsley Plantation
Madira Bickel Mound
Natural Bridge Battlefield
New Smyrna Sugar Mill Ruins
Olustee Battlefield
Ormond Tomb
Turtle Mound
Yellow Bluff Fort
Yulee Sugar Mill Ruins

Sub-total
Sanctuaries
John F. Rollins Bird and Plant Sanctuary
Undeveloped Areas
DeSoto State Park
Lake Griffin State Park
Ribault State Park
South Creek State Park


Sub-total
GRAND TOTAL
Submerged Lands
Florida Overseas Parkway
*O-Operating
P-Partially Developed
U-Undeveloped


MEMORIALS
Present
Acreage Status*
852 O-P
6,423 O-P
1,131 O
1,086 O
1,659 O-P
1,338 O
3,800 O
2,810 O
180 O
10,484 O-P
308 0
2,500 0
1,780 O
26,898 O
1,388 O
743 P
1,022 O
1,838 O-P
836 O
1,063 O

68,139


5
0
109
0
12
80
5
1
6
115
12
10
6
17
3
9
10
2
6

408

133

216
725
139
488

1.568
70,248


(Area Undetermined)












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Sarasota and Jonathan Dickinson near Stuart and Jupiter. They may be seen feed-
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PHOTOGRAPHIC CREDITS


Photographs used in this publication were obtained from the
following:
Florida Park Service (Schaeffer & Harmon).
Florida State Development Commission.
Mr. Stafford of Michigan.
Florida State Museum.








STATE PARK GOOD MANNERS


Be careful with smoking materials and build fires only at designated places. Be sure they are out whenever you leave them.


Help keep it ocean for the next person who uses it. That may be you, your friends or neighbors.


Bottles, jars, and cans are dangerous to children and adults at play. Please help them and us too, by putting trash where it
belongs.

Dogs reflect the manners of their owners. In a State Park, dogs must be kept on a leash no longer than six feet in length. If
they are dangerous or objectionable they should be left at home.
*
Obey fishing, boating, canoeing, swimming and horseback rules. You may be the loser if they are not obeyed, or it may be a
small child that suffer.

The trees, shrubbery, flowers, rock formations and historic structures all combine to make a park. You can aid in their use
and preservation by care and a word to others.

Use only roads and parking areas for cars, motorcycles and scooters, the speed limit is 30 miles, except near building and use
areas where it is 15 miles. However, where necessary it should be less. Cooperate by observing all traffic signs and rules.
DO NOT DRIVE ON BEACHES.

Firearms, air guns, fishing spears and spear guns have no place in a State Park. Their possession or use is illegal. Further-
more, death or injury can result to the user, a member of his family or a total stranger. Bows and arrows allowed only at
approved archery ranges. All wildlife is protected.


State Park good manners demand proper use of rest rooms and other sanitary facilities. Leave them in as good or better
condition than you found them. Please report anything lacking, out of order or unsanitary to Park Management immediately.


Intoxicants, drunkenness, profanity or obscenity are out of place and out of order in a State Park where children and
young folks predominate. These things are also offensive to most adults too, so let's not transgress here.
* *
Suggestions and rules are to guide us. However, consider the Park or Historic Memorial as yours and use it as you would have
others use it!

SHOW YOUR STATE PARK
GOOD MANNERS
and
COME BACK OFTEN


FLORIDA PARK SERVICE




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