Taylor County -
Part A---General Information
Perry is in North Florida, 53 miles southeast of Tallahassee and 135 miles
west of Jacksonville. It is near the Gulf of Mexico. Taylor County has a
50 mile coast line. The elevation is about 47 feet.
U. S. Highway 19 and Florida Highways 55 and 30 pass through Perry. Live
Oak, Perry & Gulf, South Georgia and Atlantic Coast Line provide rail ser-
vice. Bus service is provided by Trailways and Greyhound Lines. Florida
Airways has been authorized to provide service beginning in March, 1948.
Taylor County had a population of 10,738 in 1945. The population of Perry
Normal Normal Normal Normal
Temperature Rainfall. :Temperature Rainfall
January 55.8 3.72 July 81.0 9.73
February 56.7 3.86 August 81.4 9.11
March 62.8 4.02 ...September 78.7 6.12
April 67.5 2.48 October 70.4 3.14
Hay 74.7 3.52 ovember 60.7 2.40
June 79.4 7.16 December 55.2 2.98
Annual 68.7 58.24
Taylor County was officially created in 1857, Perry was named for Governor
Madison Stark Perry, inaugurated October, 1857. On April 13; 1816, Andrew
Jackson's forces fought Indians at natural Bridge on the Econfina River,
killing 37 and capturing 104 while white losses were three killed and five
6. Major Sources of Income:
One of top nine counties in Florida in. industrial employment, with world's
largest cypress sawmill, and one of South's largest pine sawmills. Forest
products are the main industry here. Fishing is also important, and
tourism is growing in importance as sports fishing and hunting facilities
Part B---Recreation and Entertainment
1. Special Events:
Forestry Field Day usually in April. Date not set for 1948.
2. Athletic Events:
District ABC basketball tournament is held in the local gymnasium in early
February. North Florida Conference (high school) basketball tournament is
also held here.
3. Tourist Clubs:
4. Recreational Clubs:
5. Civic Organizations:"
Rotary Club, Kiwanis Club, Woman's Club and Garden Club.
6. 'Fraternal Organizations:
Masonic Lodge. '
Annual- Bridge Tournament; April.
8. Recreational Facilities: ...
Indoor swimming pool, tile, 50' x 100', admission 150 and 250. Perry
Woman's Club, public auditorium and recreational center. Concrete tennis'
courts, at Perry Airbase, free to public.
Quail, turkey, dove, squirrel, deer, and some bear are found in this sec-
tion. It is approximately three miles to unposted hunting grounds. No
hutfing-lodges as such, although facilities are available at Perry, and at
... Steinhatchee. Hunting guides are not available here.
Fresh water large-mouth bass, small-mouth bass, speckled perch, shell-
.cracker bream, blue bream, red-breast bream, pike and catfish are .caught
in Steinhatchee, Econfina, Fenholloway, Warrior and.Aucilla rivers and.
scores of lakes. Salt water red bass, speckled trout, sheephead, black
jack, drum,' spanish mackerel, rock bass, snapper and grouper are caught
in the Gulf of Mexico. Steinhatchee has five major fishing camps, with
cabin accommodations from $2 per day up, and good eating places. Guides,.
boats, motors available there also. Hicks Fishing Camp at mouth of
Fenholloway has boats, motors,- guides. Fishing guides are Tyson Hicks,
SPerry,. $5 per -day;-B. Cooey, Steinhatchee; M. V. Taylor,' Steinhatchee,
and Roy Taylor,'Steinhatchee. 'M. V. Taylor, Steinhatchee, operates
charter fishing boats. :Rates $20 per -day.
Baptist, Methodist, Presbyterian, Episcopal, Catholic, Church of God,
*Church of the Nazarene, Church of Christ, and Latter-Day Saints denomi-
nations haVe services in Perry.
P art' C---Accommodations '
Dixie-Taylor, 60 rooms, rates $1.75 up.
Cypress Lodge, 20 rooms, rates $1.50 to $5.
2. Tourist Courts:
Perry Motor Court, 23 units, concrete block, steam heat;.$3.50, 100 yards I
to restaurant. Warren's Cabins, $2.50, brick cabins, private baths, 50
yards to restaurant.
3. Guest Homes:
Bessenger's, U. S. Highway 19 at Green St.
O'Quinns Tourist Home, North Jefferson St.
Martin's, 304 E. Main St., $1.50 up.
Mrs. W. B. Davis, E. Green St., $1.75 single with bath, $10 per week.
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4. Trailer Courts:
Pa-Boy Holmes, U. S. 19, store, electricity, bath.
Perry Trailer Court, U. S. 19, electricity, tile shower, restaurant,
$1 per day.
5. Eating Places:
Dixie-Taylor Hotel Dining Room, Poinsettia Restaurant, El Dorado Restaurant,
Scotty's Cafe and The Wagon Wheel (at Airport).
Further information on Perry may be obtained from:
TAYLOR COUNTY CHAMBER OF COMMERCE
Post Office Box 510