FORT WALTON, FLORIDA b. JwW j
Fort Walton is in West Florida, 50 miles east of Pensacola. It is on the
Gulf of Mexico and near Choctawhatchee Bay and Santa ,JRosa Sound,. The ele-
vation is about four feet.
U. S. Highway 98 and Florida Highway 85 pass through Fort Walton. Modern
Coaches, Inc., and Coastal Stages-provide bus service for Fort Walton. Air
and rail service is not available.
Okaloosa County had a population of 16,155 in 1945. The population of Fort
Walton was 1,080.
(From observations at Niceville, Florida.)
Normal Normal Normal Normal
Temperature Rainfall Temperature Rainfall
January 53.8 3.78 July 80.5 8.05
February 55.0 4.70 August 80.2 6.70
March 59.2 4.95 September 77.6 6.28
April 65.5 3.37 October 69.2 3.74
May 72.6 3.12 November 59.2 3.58
June 79.1 5.90 December 54.2 4.68
Annual 67.2 58.85
5. Major Sources of Income
Commercial fishing and summer tourist trade are the main sources of income.
Part B---Recreation and Entertainment
1. Special Events
2. Athletic Events
3.. Tourist Clubs
4. Recreational Clubs
The Valparaiso Golf Club has an excellent 18-hole golf course.
5. Civic Organizations
Business Men's Club
Chamber of Commerce
6. Fraternal Organizations
FORT WALTON, FLORIDA
7. Organized Entertainment
Two motion picture theatres
8. Recreational Facilities
Tower Beach (free facilities) on Gulf of Mexico.
Quail, dove, turkeys,
and deer are found in
few miles from town.
raccoons, opossums, foxes,
There are unposted hunting
and hunting guides are not
Salt water pompano, king mackerel, bluefish, scamp, ling, bonito, amberjack,
tarpon, sailfish, shark, devil fish, ray, flounder, leatherjack, channel
bass, sea bass, speckled trout, grouper, lady fish, skipjack, eilweis,croaker,
black fish, mullet, drum and sheepshead are caught in the Gulf of Mexico.
Fresh water bream, black bass,. crappie, perch and shellcracker, are caught
in the vicinity. Captain J. E. Brunson, Captain Zack Brunson, Captain Alfred
Destin, Captain Buster Destin and Captain Dewey, of Destin, Florida, and
Captain Leonard Destin, Fort Walton, have charter fishing boats.
Methodist, Episcopal, Catholic, Baptist, and Presbyterian
services in Fort Walton.
Valparaiso Inn (in
2. Tourist Courts
98 Auto Court, two
Walter Auto Court,
There are numerous
blocks from restaurant.
one-half block from restaurant (kitchen facilities).
cottages, complete with kitchen facilities, for tourists.
3. Guest Homes
4. Trailer Parks
Gibson Trailer Court (private bath for each space).
5. Specialized Eating Places
Endorsed by Duncan Hines
Further information on Fort Walton can be obtained from:
OKALOOSA GULF COAST CHAMBER OF COMMERCE
Post Office Box 197
Fort Walton, Florida