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Part A---General Information
Jacksonville is on the Upper East Coast of Florida, 22 miles south of the
Georgia line. It is on the Saint Johns River and is 15 miles from the Atlan-
tic Ocean. The elevation ranges from 8 to 28 feet above sea level.
Local bus service: Jacksonville has 300 busses providing service throughout
the city and to all suburban areas.
Highways: U. S. Highways 1, 17 and 90 and Florida Highways A-l-A, 13, 21,
105, 212 and 228 enter Jacksonville.
Rail: Rail transportation service is provided by the Atlantic Coast Line
Railroad, Florida East Coast Railway, Seaboard Air Line Railroad and South-
Intercity bus service: Florida Greyhound Lines, Southeastern Greyhound Lines
and McJunkin Bus Lines provide intercity bus service.
Air: Scheduled commercial air transportation is provided by Delta Air Lines,
Eastern Air Lines and National Airlines. Florida Airways also operated
scheduled flights at tine this report was prepared, but its permit expires
March 28, 1949. Several local companies provide charter service.
Passenger boat lines: Florida Caribbean Line, Jacksonville 2, Florida, op-
erates the M. V. George Gamlin between Jacksonville, 'assau, Port au Prince
and Kingston. This is primarily a cargo vessel and ports of call are some-
times changed because of cargo demands. The round trip cruise requires from
14 to 17 days. IHo line provided coastwise passenger service at the time this
report was prepared.
1948 Est. 1945 Census 1940 Census
Total county 285,000 273,843 210,143
Total city 250,000 206,442 173,065
(Based on U. S. Weather Bureau observations at Jacksonville for a 77-year
Normal Normal .Nornal Normal
Temperature Rainfall Temperature Rainfall
January 55.9 2.80 July 81.9 6.83
February 57.7 2.92 August 81.5 6.24
March 63,1 3.33 September 78.6 7.11
April 68.8 2.69 October 70.8 4.63
May 75,0 3.93 November 62.5 o198
June 80.1 6.14 December 56.6 2.90
Annual 69.4 51.50
The original settlement here was known as Cowford. It was named Jacksonville
in honor of Andrew Jackson. Ribault Monument marks the site of the first
5. History (Cont.)
Protestant prayers in North America.
Fort George Island, near Jacksonville, is one of the most interesting histor-
ical sites in this area. A Spanish blockhouse was built here before 1567.
Many of the buildings still standing were built early in the nineteenth cen-
tury by a prominent slave trader who owned a plantation on the island.
6. Major Sources of Incone
Jacksonville's deep-water port and its location at the hub of Florida's rail
and highway systems have made it an important distribution and manufacturing
center. Tourists and conventions are also important sources of income. The
John H. Swisher & Sons cigar plant, National Container Corporation paper mill,
municipal docks, commercial fishing docks and shipbuilding and dry dock facil-
ities would be of interest to visitors.
Daily: Florida Times-Union and Jacksonville Journal
8. Radio Stations
Call Letters Kilocycles Watts Network
WJAX 930 5,000 NBC
WPDQ 600 5,000 ABC
WMMBR 1460 5,000 CBS
WJHP 1320 5,000 MBS
WOBS 1360 1,000 None
WIVY 1050 1,000 None
9. Private Schools and Colleges
Jacksonville Junior College, Bolles Military Academy, Bartram School, three
parochial schools and several business colleges.
Part B---Recreational and Entertainment
1. Special Events
Annual events include the Gator Bowl football game, usually held on New Yearts
Day (scheduled for January 2, 1950, since New Yearts Day is Sunday), and the
$10,000 Metropolitan Fishing Tournament, which opens in early April and closes
on December 31.
2. Athletic Events
High school teams participate in interscholastic sports, Jacksonville has a
professional baseball team in the South Atlantic League. Usually two Univer-
sity of Florida football games are played in Jacksonville. In 1949, the
Florida football team will play Vanderbilt in Jacksonville on October 15 and
the University of Georgia on November 5. Several important golf tournaments
are usually held here each year. Tournaments scheduled for 1949 are the
Florida Women's Golf Tournament on May 17-21 (at Ponte Vedra) and the P.G.A.
Open Tournament on IMarch 16-20.
3. Commercial Attractions
Jacksonville Kennel Club (open until April 2, 1949)
Orange Park Kennel Club (open from April 4 through May 31, 1949)
Automobile and motorcycle races
4. Tourist Clubs
5. Recreational Clubs
Florida Yacht Club
San Jose Club
Hyde Park Country Club
Ponte Vedra Country Club
6. Civic Organizations
Business & Professional
Chamber of Commerce
*All times are pm.
Day & Time of Meeting*
2nd Tues., 8:00
3rd Fri., 12:30
2nd & 4th Tues., 6:30
Last Thurs., 6:30
4th Weds., 2:30
Place of Meeting
Hotel George Washington
Hotel George Washington
Hotel George Washington
7. Fraternal Organizations
American Legion, Fraternal Order of Eagles, Elks and others.
8. Organized Entertainment
Jacksonville Little Theatre presents several plays each year.
Fairchild Enterprises brings nationally known entertainers to Jacksonville.
Night clubs are Embassy Club and Peacock Club,
9. Recreational Facilities
Community centers: Wilder Park and Glen Myra.
Shuffleboard courts: Brentwood (two lighted), Southside (one
Water Works (eight lighted).
Swimming pools: Springfield and Lackawanna. Both lighted.
Other: Jacksonville has numerous parks, baseball diamonds, bowling alleys
and other recreational facilities. In addition, it is approximately 15 miles
to Jacksonville Beach, on the Atlantic Ocean.
Quail, dove, marsh hens, ducks and deer are found in this area. Is is approx-
imately 6 miles to unposted hunting grounds. There are no hunting lodges in
this area. George Ferriera is a hunting guide. His fee is approximately $15
Salt water fish can be caught in the Atlantic Ocean and the Saint Johns River.
Fresh water fish can be caught in the Saint Johns River and many streams and
lakes in this section. Boat liveries and fishing guides can be found through-
out the county. Charter boats are available at Mayport from April 15 through
Seventh Day Adventists
2. Tourist Courts
Johnson Manor, Phillips Highway; Green Acres, Phillips Highway; Arden Motor
Court, Phillips Highway; Siesta Motor Court, U. S. 17, north of city.
3. Trailer Parks
Trailer parks can be found on all major highways entering Jacksonville.
4. Other Accommodations
The Jacksonville Tourist and Convention Bureau, 307 Hogan Street, Jacksonville,
maintains information on guest homes, apartments and houses. The Y. W. C. A.
and the Jacksonville Naval Air Station also maintains information on avail-
5. Specialized Eating Places
The Lobster House
China Casino Restaurant
Foot of Main Bridge
2300 Kings Avenue
420 Julia Street
East Adams. Street
Corner of Forsyth and Broad
Further information on Jacksonville can be obtained from:
TOURIST AND CONVENTION BUREAU
(Prepared March 1949)