Part A---General Information
Starke is in North Florida, 40 miles southwest of Jacksonville,
26 miles northeast of Gainesville, 35 miles southeast of Lake City,
39 miles northwest of Palatka, and 56 miles west of St. Augustine.
It is 26 miles from the St. Johns River. The elevation is about
U. S. Highway 301 and Florida Eighways, 16, 100, and 230 pass through
Starke. The Seaboard Air Line Railroad provides rail service. Bus
service is provided by Greyhound Lines. .ir service is.not available.
Bradford County had a population of 10,730 in 1945. The population
of Starke was 2,130.
(From observations at Raiford, Florida)
Normal Normal Normal Iormal
Temperature Rainfall Temperature R infall
January 55.9< 2.62 July 81.2 7.32
February 57.7 3.27 August 81.4 6.57
?Krc.. 63.7 3.50 September 78.8 5.06
April 68.0 2.75 October 71.0 2.82
May 74.4 3.96 November 61.5 1.63
June 79.5 6.41 Lecember 56.3 3.49
annual 69.1 49.40
Starke was named for Madison Starke Ferry, Governor of Florida
immediately prior to the Civil .Lar.
6. iajor Sources of Income:
Agriculture, cattle raising, and truck farming, provide the main
sources of income. Starke is beginning to industrialize.
Part B---Recreation and Entertainment
1. Srecicl Events;
2. Athletic Events:
High school football, basketball, and baseball games are held during
3. Tourist Clubs:
None as yet but the Chamber of Commerce is working for these in
4. Recreational Clubs:
5. Civic Organizations:
hanmber of Cormmerce
Junior Wo:-rar's Club
6. Fraternal Jraenizations:
7. Orf'pnized Enitertainient: .
Many dances and so.e bend concerts during the winter.
8. Recreational Facilities:
lingsley Lake is excellent for swim ing and boating. Tennis courts
are availab-e. The city is now building a well ecuiped city playground.
iuail, dove, squirrels, rabbits, raccoons, and foxes are found in
this section. It is approximately 50 miles to unposted hunting
grounds. hunt ti:ng uiJdes and hubtirg lodi-'ea. are not available.
Fresh water fish are caught in many nearby lakes. Fishin?; camps,
fishii-g guides, tnd charter fishing boats *'re rot available.
Baptist, Methodist, Christian, Catholic, Church of Christ, Presby;terian,
and riLoiscoual denoisinations have services in. Stake.
ia _e Number of looms Rate PIl
Starke 30 A2-e5 American
I2agniolia 35 <2-?5 A.;eriuan
Arthur 17 3--,5 American
Davis 10 Am2-0'.? American
half M.oon 12 -4 American
2. Tourist Courts:
Telmple, 15 rooms, 3.50 to r5 per night, eating place one block.
Dixie, 12 rooms, --3.50 to )'5 per nilht, eating place next to court.
Hailes, six rooi-s, :,2 to -,3 per night, one block to eating place.
Pine Lodge, eight roo,'s, %?2 to L4 per ni'ht, one-half mile to eating
btanleys Rkanch, 11 rooms, 33.50 to ,5 per night, operates eating place.
TWispering Pines, six rooms, 93.50 to ;i5 per eight eating place
3. Guest Homes:
The Gardenin, 10 rooms, >2 to 54, S. Walnut Street.
ralm Lodge, eight rooms, :2 to ,'4, S. Walnut Street.
Avery Inn, six rooms, ,2 to .4, N. Walnut street .
'.Thite Fouse Tourist cHme, six rooms, ,2 to r5, W. Madison Street.
There are many smaller guest homes that have from one to four rooms.
4. Trailer Parks:
The Pire Lodge Trailer Park, one-half mile south on U. S. highway
301, very modern conveniences, el per night, Q3.50 per week, and
i14 per month.
There are several other trailer parks that should be completed within
a short time.
5. Soecialized Eatina Places:
The Cracker Grill
There are many smaller places th:t serve
Western sea foods and chicken
.outhernrfried chicken and steaks
Steaks, chops, and fried chicken
Further information on Starke can be obtained from:
STARiE CiA: -E O CQOC.ERCE
2. e. Box 128