Lake City and Columbia County

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Lake City was founded in the 1820s as Alligator—named after a Seminole town—and was made the county seat of Columbia County in 1839. The abundance of lakes and pride in the quiet, natural surroundings led to the citizens of Alligator changing the name of the town to Lake City in 1859. During the Civil War, the Battle of Olustee took place a few miles east of Lake City, forever changing the town. After the war, Lake City became an important place for education with the founding of Florida Agriculture College in 1884; the college was the predecessor of the University of Florida, and its location is now home to the Veterans Administration Hospital. In the 20th century, Lake City and Columbia County expanded the area’s agriculture, education, and transportation opportunities. Lake City is centrally located in Columbia County at the intersection of Interstate 10 and Interstate 75, marking the city as the gateway to Florida.
ISBN: 9781467105002
Format: Paperback
Publisher: Arcadia Publishing
State: Florida
Series: Images of America
Images: 188
Pages: 128
Dimensions: 6.5 (w) x 9.25 (h)
Andrew R. Nicholas is a historian and a native of North Florida. He graduated from the University of North Florida, majoring in history, and is a member of the Lake City–Columbia County Historical Museum. The photographs used in Lake City and Columbia County appear courtesy of the State Archives of Florida, the Lake City–Columbia County Historical Museum, and residents of Columbia County.
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