Wewahitchka Centennial Historical

Wewahitchka Centennial Historical (HM1WWX)

Location: Wewahitchka, FL 32465 Gulf County
Country: United States of America

N 30° 6.909', W 85° 11.926'

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Fort Place, or Richard's Fort, five miles south, erected in the early 1800's is considered as the forerunner of Wewahitchka. People lived in the area earlier. Wewahitchka (Indian name for water eyes), first permanent settlement in now Gulf County, was named by Rev. John W. Richards in 1875 upon completion of the log church and school built to serve approximately 25 families. Citrus groves, apiaries, livestock and timber supported the early settlers. First paper was the Calhoun Times in 1883.
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Some of these early families were the Richards, Keyes, McDaniel, Stone, Strange, Maddox, Bell, Burgess, Mitchell, and Smith. The early 1880's saw a rapid growth of the community. Wewahitchka became famous for the excellent fishing and hunting in the Dead Lakes, streams and forest. Steamboats plying the nearby Apalachicola River added to the economy. When Gulf County was carved out of Calhoun County in 1925, Wewahitchka became the first county seat and remained so for 40 years.
Year Placed1975
Placed ByThe Gulf County Golden Anniversary Commission and the St. Joseph Historical Society
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Date Added Friday, February 17th, 2017 at 9:01am PST -08:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)16R E 673538 N 3332913
Decimal Degrees30.11515000, -85.19876667
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 30° 6.909', W 85° 11.926'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds30° 6' 54.54" N, 85° 11' 55.56" W
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Area Code(s)850
Which side of the road?Marker is on the right when traveling North
Closest Postal AddressAt or near , Wewahitchka FL 32465, US
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