Putnam County Li rr
Part A-- General Information J
Palatka is in North Florida, 50 miles south of Jacksonville, 60 miles
northwest of Daytona Beach, and 100 miles north of Orlando. It is on the
Saint Johns River. The elevation is about 20 feet.
U. S. Highway 17 and Florida Highways 20 and 100 pass through Palatka.
Atlantic Coast Line Railroad and Georgia Southern and Florida Railroad
provide rail service. Bus service is provided by Greyhound Lines. Air
service is provided by Florida Airways.
Putnam County had a population of 17,837 in 1945. The population of Palatka
(From observations at Crescent City, Florida)
Normal Normal Normal Normal
Terneratue Rainfall Tenmerature .. Rainfall
January 58.6 2.40 July 81.7 6.93
February 60.3 2.89 August 81.6 6.56
fMarch 65.3 3.29 September 79.3 *- 5.80
April 69.6 2.40 October 72.7 4.13
Elay 75.6 4.64 November 64.7 1.72
June 79.9 7.09 December 58..8 2.89
SAnnual -70.2 50.74
The name Palatka was derived from the Seminole Indian word pilatka, meaning
crossing of'river. Earliest white-settlers care here in 1820, and the
city charter dates from 1853. Saint Marks Church is the oldest Protestant
chruch in this area. Memorial Bridge over the Saint Johns River was
built in memory'of World War 1 heroes- from Putnam County.
6. Maior Sources of Income:
fMnufacturing, agriculture and commercial fishing are the principal sources
of income. A large paper mill is the principal manufacturing business
here. Potatoes, cabbages, citrus fruits, cattle and hogs are the principal
'Part B---Recreation and Entertainment
1. Special Events:
The Azalea Festival, held annually in February at Azalea Ravine Gardens,
is the outstanding event of the winter season. It will be held February
21 and 22, 1948.
2. Athletic Events:
High school football and basketball games are held here during seasoni'.1
Baseball games are scheduled by Palatka Azalea Baseball Club of the
Florida State League.
3. Tourist Clubs:
4. Recreatiqn4a Clubs: .
Palatka G;olf and Country Club, 18-hole golf course, annual dues-. .
v30, groons fee yl per dry, open year around., located edjaccnt
to Ravine Gar3dens..
5. Civic Organizations: ....
Rotary Club .
Veterans of Foreigni Wars
6. Fraternpl Ori-nizations:
7. Orranized Entertainment:
Two motion picture theaters.
8. Recreational Facilities:
Ravine Gardens, 85 acres of natural ravines, has 7750,000 worth
of pedigreed azaleas, palms, magnolia, j.porices, dogwood,
flame vines, bougainvillea, crepe myrtlee, cherokee roses,
chrysanthemums, Japanese hAgnolias, and other plants. The flags of
48 states are flown,in the floral Court-of States. Observation
terraces, and three suspension bridges over woodland ravines 70 to
120 feet deep are special attractions. It is the largest garden of
its kind in the United States.
Quail, dove, pheasants, rabbits, and squirrels are found in this
Section. It is approximately 10 miles to unposted hunting grounds.
There are accommodations for hunters at hotels, tourist courts, and
trailer camps in the vicinity. Huntizn guides are not available.
10. Fishing ..
Fresh and salt water fishare cEught in the Saint.Johns River.
Fresh water fish are.caught in Lake Geor.ge. The following are
fishing cemris in the vicinity;
Kinard's, Satsuma, Florida, cabins.
iMaonoli. Bluff, near Welaka, Florida, ca.bins.
Le Fevres Fishing Lode, el.aka,'Florida, eating
Sportsman's Lodge, Welaka, Florida, hotel and Tall
Tale House. .
Huber's Sport Fishing Camp, .untingtor,, Florida.
Harry W. Pugh Fishin, Camp, Welaka, Florida.
Fishing boats can be rented from Captain Noah Tilshman, Palatka.
11. Churches :. ,. .
Met-hodist, Presbyterian, Baptist, Episcopal, C.tholic, and
Church of God denominations have services in Palatka.
Kame Number of R9oms Rate Plan
James 44 $2.50 up European
gilbert 40 v3 European
Marian 32 ?2.50 European
Saint Johns 32 02.50 European
Saratoga 35 42 up European
2'. Tourist Courts:
Hart Point, S.sserts Grill, on east side of Saint Johns River, opposite
Pilatka, rates r'3.50 single and ?5 double.
Felt's Tourist Court, U. S. Highway 17 on west side of Palatka,
two roo.:s, rate ;:3-;4.
Palatka Tourist Court, Florida Hihbtay 20, five cabins and rooms in
main building, rates 03 up. Operates an eating place.
River Vie';: Trailer Camp, three miles south of Palatka on U. S. Highway
17 and Florida Highways 20 and 100. Operates an eating place.
Nite-Can, junction of U Hi-hv:y 17 and Florida Highway 1CO at
San i5ateo, six cabins, rate :.3.50.
Shady Rest Tourist :Gamp, three and one-half miles south of Palatka on
U. S. Hiihway 17. Operates a restaurant and bar.
3. Gunst Hormes:
Azalea Tourist, 5th and Reid Streets, 15 rooms, ",3.50 single,
Mirs.. B. Boaz, 303 Emmett Street, rates ,-2 per person, daily,
.:?7 per person weckly.
Hanley House, 423 Q~k Street, rates ,2 per person, daily, 47 per
Mrs. H. F. Lecks, 622 Emmett Street, v3 per night double, weekly
%,8 single, o12 double.
4. Trailer Prrks:
River View Trailer Camp, three miles south of Palatka on U. S.
Highway 17 and Florida Highways 20 and 1CO. Operates an eating
Palatka Tourist Court, Florida Highiway 20.
Hart Point Tourist Court, on east side of S.int Johns River, opposite
Felt'" Tourist Court, U. S. Highway 17, on west side of Palatka.
5. S~ci.aiJa.~ ~tinj3 Places:
Sasserls Grill Sea food, steaks, chops
James hotel Restaurant Sea food, steaks, chops
irian Hotel Restaurant Sea food, steaks, chops
iurthor i. forma-ion on Palatk: can be obtained from:
FUTNAI COUNTY CH^loER OF CO3:.ERCE
208 i. 3rd Street