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Jacksonville, Duval, Florida, USA

"Jacksonville, the most populous city of Florida, and the capital of Duval co., is situated on the left or W. bank of the St. John's River, about 20 miles from its mouth, at the east terminus of the Jacksonville, Pensacola & Mobile Railroad, 30 miles S.W. of Fernandina, 155 miles S. by W. of Savannah, and 165 miles by railroad E. of Tallahassee. Lat. 30° 19 38' N.; lon. 81° 30' W. It has increased rapidly in the last decade. The river is navigable by steamboats 200 miles above this place, Two daily and 3 weekly newspapers are published here. Jacksonville has 14 churches, 2 national banks, a high school, the Stanton Institute, and manufactures of lumber, marmalade, moss, soap, and machinery. Lumber is the chief article of ex rt. Steamboats ply daily between this city and Palatka. Pop. in 1860, 2118; in 1880, 7650; in 1890, 17,201."

Lippincott's Gazetteer of the World: A Complete Pronouncing Gazetteer Or Geographical Dictionary of the World Containing Notices of Over One Hundred and Twenty-five Thousand Places ...
Joseph Thomas
January 1, 1895
J.B. Lippincott

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  • 1565 - Storm destroys French fleet
    The French lose their bid to control the Atlantic coast of North America when a storm smashes their fleet, allowing the Spanish to capture Fort... Read MORE...

  • 1822 - Jacksonville, Florida founded
  • February 8, 1835 - A severe cold wave gripped the southeastern U.S. The mercury dipped to 8 above at Jacksonville FL. Orange trees were killed to the roots.
  • 1864 - Februray 7 - Federal troops occupy Jacksonville, Florida
  • 1886 - July 19 - A hurricane from the Gulf of Mexico crossed Florida causing great damage from Cedar Keys to Jacksonville.
  • 1888 - Yellow fever epidemic struck, 40% of Jacksonville population fled, over 400 died webimage/ countrys/ namerica/ usstates/ fltimeln.htm
  • News  1888 - ANOTHER FATAL FIRE.
    Jacksonville, Fla., Jan. 6. - MRS. ISAAC PARNELL started to church last night, leaving her four children, the oldest 6 years old, locked up in the... Read MORE...

  • News  1888 - A Cheerless Day. The Situation in Jacksonville Constantly Grows Worse. Confined to Jacksonville.
    Boston, Mass., Sept. 8 - A private letter from a prominent physician in Winter Park, Fla. states that the yellow fever is practically confined to... Read MORE...

  • News  1901 - One hundred and forty-eight city blocks laid waste. LOSS $15,000,000. BILLOWS OF FLAME SWEEP JACKSONVILLE, LEAVING ASHES AND DEATH IN THEIR WAKE.
    Jacksonville, Fla., May 3, 1901
    Acres of Smoldering Ruins Mark the Site of Metropolis of Florida -

  • 1912 - February 8 - 1st eastbound US transcontinental flight lands in Jacksonville, Fla
  • 1916
    Jacksonville, a city, port of entry, and the capital of Duval co., Fla., is situated on the left or W. bank of the St. John's River, about 14 miles... Read MORE...

    (By The Associated Press)
    Jacksonville, Fla., April 30. - WILLIAM D. WILLS, 24, Dallas, Tex. and BESSIE COLEMAN, said to be the only negro aviatrix... Read MORE...

  • 1949 - September 15 - WJXT TV channel 4 in Jacksonville, FL (CBS) begins broadcasting
    Jacksonville, Fla. (AP) - Fire at sea followed the crash of a Navy jet plane aboard the aircraft carrier Essex on Thursday.
    The pilot of the plane...

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