LAKE CITY, FLORIDA
Part A---General Information /
Lake City is in the north-central section of Florida, 60 miles vost of Jack-
sonville, and 110 miles east of Tallahassee. The Sui'annee River is 12 miles
north at White Springs and 25 miles southwest at Brcnford. The Santa Fe
River is 24 miles south at Camp O'Leno. The elevation is 200 feet.
U. S. Highways 41 and 90 and Florida Highways 47, 247 and 100 pass through
Lake City. The Seaboard Air Line Railway and the Georgia Southern and Florida
Railway provide rail service. Bus service is provided by Greyhound Lines and
Tamiami Trailvrays. Air service is provided by Florida Airways.
Columbia County had a population of 17,139 in 1946. Lake City htdpresent has
a population of over 8,000.
Normal Normal Normal Normal
Temperature Rainfall Temperature Rainfall
January 55.6 2.86 July 81.0 7.41
February 56.7 3.57 August 81.1 6.31
March 63.3 3.82 September 78.5 4.82
April 68.7 2.58 October 70.1 2.73
May 75.3 3.63 November 61.3 1.72
June 79.8 6.94 December 56.1 3.49
Annual 69.0 49.88
De Soto founded a large village here on his northward trek. Columbia County
was established on February 4, 1832, by the Territorial Legislative Council.
Lake City was first called Alligator for Chief Allapattah, who lived here and
who was known as Alligator Boy by the whites. The name was changed to Lake
City in 1859. Ocean Pond, in Osceola National Forest and Camp O'Leno, oper-
ated by Florida Park Service on the Santa Fe River, are the chief points of
6. Major Sources of Income:
Income from transient overnight tourists is one of the main sources of income.
Payrolls from the Veterans Hospital, the many Federal and State Forestry
agencies and the State Road Department Division Headquarters are other
sources of income. Tobacco auctions bring in over $2,500,000 in three weeks
annually. Sweet corn, beef cattle, swine, and poultry products are important.
One company pays over $1,100,000 a year to farmers for pine gum from their
trees. Income from forestry products---naval stores, lumber, ties and pulp-
wood is high.
Part B---Recreation and Entertainment
1. Special Events:
The Slash Pine Festival, held in November, may be resumed in 1948 after
lapsing during the war.
2. Athletic Events:
Lake City has high school athletic events during the school term.
3. Tourist Clubs:
LAKE. CITY, FLORIDA
4. Recreational Clubs:
Lake City Country Club has a nine hole golf course. Visitors may use the
5. Civic Organizations:
6. Fraternal Organizations:
7. Organized Entertainment:
8. Recreational Facilities:
Lake City Country Club, nine hole golf course.
Quail, dove, duck, deer, squirrels, rabbits and bears are found in this
section. It is approximately three miles to unposted hunting grounds. No
hunting guides are available.
Fresh water bass, perch, bream and catfish are caught in Ocean Pond, Santa
Fe River, Ichetucknee Springs and River, and many lakes. There are no fishing
Episcopal, Presbyterian, Church of Christ, Christian Science, Baptist, Metho-
dist, Church of God, Lutheran, Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints,
Nazarene, Advent Christian, and Catholic denominations have services in Lake
Hotel Blanche, 150 rooms, rates $1.75 to $5, European plan.
Powell Hotel, 50 rooms, $1.75 to $5, European plan.
Mathis Hotel, 20 rooms, $1.75 to $5, European plan.
2. Tourist Courts:
Lake City Auto Court
Swisher's Motor Court
Duval Auto Court
Lake View Court
Hymen's DeLuxe Motor Court
Douglas Motor Court
Shaw's Motor Court
S3. Guest Homes:
Lake City Inn
4. Trailer Parks:
Duval Auto Court, East Duval Street.
Lake View Court, South Marion Street.
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5, Specialized Eating Places:
Robert Arnold's Restaurant
Blue Goose Restaurant
Lyman Green&s Steak House
Steaks and sea foods
Steaks and barbeque
Further information on Lake City can be obtained from:
LAKE CITY AND COLUMBIA.COUNTY CHAMBER OF COMMERCE
Post Office Box 324
Lake City, Florida