Group Title: Inventory of industrial advantages
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Title: Inventory of industrial advantages
Physical Description: 6 v. : ; 39 cm.
Language: English
Creator: Florida State Advertising Commission
Publisher: s.n.
Place of Publication: Tallahassee Fla
Publication Date: 1948-1949?]
General Note: Issued separately for Florida cities in cooperation with local chambers of commerce and varied agencies.
General Note: In loose-leaf binders.
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Bibliographic ID: UF00075576
Volume ID: VID00002
Source Institution: University of Florida
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Franklin County

MAR 4 9
Part A---General Information

1. Location:

Apalechicola is on the northwest Gulf Coast of Florida, 81 miles southwest
of Tallahassee and 166 miles southeast of Pensacola. It is at the junction
of the Apalachicola River and Apalachicola Bay. It is 10 miles across
Apalachicola Bay to the Gulf of Mexico. The average elevation is 14 feet,.
above sea level.

2. Transportation:

U. S. Highways 98 and 319 enter Apalachicola. The Apalachicola Northern
Railroad provides rail transportation. iVodern Coach Corporation provides
bus service, Scheduled commercial air transportation is not available, but
Apalachicola Airfield is open to private and charter planes.

3. Population:

In 1945, Franklin County had a population of 8,026. The population of
Apalachicola was 3,813.

4. Climate:

Normal Normal Normal Normal
Temperature Rainfall Temperature Rainfall

January 53.7 3.65 July 81.7 7.74
February 56.3 3.91 August 81.2 7.55
March 61.6 4.24 September 78.5 8.09
April 67.1 2.80 October 70.6 3.19
:.ay 74.6 3.40 November 61.3 3.07
June 79.8 5.60 December 55.7 5.12
Annual 68.5 58.36

5. History:

In 1527, the Spanish explorer Narvaez, camped near the present site of
Apalachicola and later Spanish forts were erected here. A trading post
was established here about 1790. Franklin County, named for Benjamin
Franklin was created in 1832 and Apalachicola, its principal city, was
incorporated the same year. In 1845, Dr. John Gorrie, a local physician,
discovered an artificial method for freezing water and built the first ice
machine. His statue is one of the two from Florida in the Hall of Fame in
Washington. During the Civil War, Apalachicola vas bombarded by Federal
gunboats. Some of the houses that were damaged by the shelling are still
standing. The present Episcopal Church and one old colonial home were
prefabricated in New England and shipped to Apalachicola in the 1830's.
Apalachicola was the second largest American port on the Gulf of Mexico at
one time, with stern wheel river boats bringing cotton and other products
down the Flint, Chattahoochee and Apalachicola Rivers. Apalachicola's im-
portance as a port declined after railroads were built and its fine harbor
was allowed to gradually fill up. Apalachicola then became the sawmill
center for the -lower Apalachiccla River basin. After the virgin timber was
logged, the seafood and oyster industry rose to its present importance in
the local economy.

6. Maior Sources of Income:

Apalachicola is one of the principal commercial fishing ports on the Gulf
Coast. About 80% of Florida's total oyster landings are made here. This
area is one of the few major sources of pure tupelo honey in the world.
Timber products, naval stores and several small manufacturing plants are
also important economic factors.

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Part B---Recreation and Entertainment

1. Special Events:

Catholic Fair during the first week after Easter.
Junior Chamber of Commerce Fourth of July celebration.
Chapman School Hallowe'en Carnival,
Apalachicola 'i'ational Forest annual bear hunt in late fall.

2. Athletic Events:

High school league football, basketball and baseball games and semi- pro
baseball league games.

3. Tourist -Clubs:


4. Recreational Clubs:

Apalachicole Recreation Center, in Battery Park, for children and adults.
No dues at present.

5. Civic Organizations:

Chamber of Commerce
Junior Chamber of Commerce
American Legion
Philaco Club
Women's Auxiliary, Chamber of Commerce
Women's Auxiliary, American Legion

6. Fraternal Organizations:

Masonic Lodge
Order of Eastern Star
Knights of Columbus
Woodmen of the World

7. Entertainment:

Darces on Few Year's, President Roosevelt's birthday, Fourth of July,
Thanksgiving and Christmas. Chapman School Band gives concerts at various

8. Recreational Facilities:

Battery Park and Lafayette Park playgrounds; Recreation Center at Battery
Park; city tennis court; softball court. Gulf, bay and river offer
opportunities for boating parties of all kinds. Trips to the islands off-
shore and river trips are popular. Charter boats of all sizes are available,
Lagoon Beach, 18 miles west of Apalachicola, and the island beaches are
excellent for swimming.

9. Hunting:

Deer, bear, turkey, squirrel, duck, geese, dove, quail, fox, raccoon,
opossum,rabbits and alligators are found in this area. Unposted hunting
grounds are available within one mile of town. Hunting parties can obtain
accommodations at Dr. Abercrombie's Lodge, Roux's Lodge (rate, $6 per day,
American plan), and Bay City Fishing Camp. Hunting guides are available
at each place.





10. Fishing:

Fresh water perch, bream, sturgeon, black bass and catfish are caught in
the Apalachicola River and its tributaries, numerous creeks and Lake Wimnico.
Salt water flounder, mullet, crabs, redfish (channel bass), grouper, red
snapper, mackerel, pompano, tarpon, swordfish and sailfish are caught in
Apalachicola Bay and the Gulf of Mexico. Fishing parties can obtain
accommodations at Dr. Abercrombie's Lodge, Roux's Lodge (rate, $6 per day,
American plan) and Bay City Fishing Camp. Fishing guides are available at
each place. Information on charter boats can be obtained at the Chamber
of Commerce.

11. Churches:

Methodist, Episcopal, Baptist, Catholic and Holiness denominations have
service in Apalachicola.

Part C--Accommodations

1. Hotels:

Gibson Hotel, 30 rooms, t3 per day, European plan.
Roux's Lodge, 11 rooms, $6 per day, American plan.

2. Tourist Courts:

El Rancho Tourist court, 14 cabins; single rooms, P2.50 per day.
Wilks Tourist Court, four cabins.

3. Guest Homes:

Irene's corner of market Street and Avenue F.
Mrs. J. B. Spear, 5th Street between Avenue E and Avenue F.
Mrs. J. G. Bruce, corner of 5th Street and Avenue E.
Mrs. Callie Hickey, 5th Street between Avenue E and Avenue F.
Mrs. Louise Smith, corner of 5th Street and Avenue D.
Mrs. Verna Ihrk's, corner of 5th Street and Avenue E.
Mrs. T. A. Henderson, corner of 6th Street and Avenue E.
Mrs. Hovell, corner of 9th Street and Avenue E.

Rntes vnry from $1 to 42 per night. Information on available apartments
can be obtained from the Chamber of Commerce.

4. Trailer Perks:

Facilities for 12 trailers are available at the corner of Avenue E and 31th
Street (adjoining iVicCoy's Food Store). Pov'er, water end sever connections
are provided. The trailer park is two blocks from a restaurant.

5. Specialized Eating Places:

Name Speciality

The Grill Seafood and steaks
Linud's Snack Shop Seafood, chicken and steaks
The Hut Seafood, chicken, steaks and cocktails

Further information on Apalachicola can be obtained from:

Post Office Box 39
Apalachicola, Florida


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