Florida Historical Markers Programs - Marker Detail


Location:N. Main Street at south entrance to Courthouse.
County: Okaloosa
City: Crestview

Description: Okaloosa County, created by the Florida State Legislature in 1915, was formed from parts of Santa Rosa and Walton Counties. The influence of W.H. Mapoles, Sr., then a legislative representative from Walton County, was an important factor in the creation of the county. The name chosen for the new county was derived from Indian words variously interpreted as " black water," "pleasant place," or "a place of rest." The first county seat was Milligan, a sawmill town. In 1917, Crestview was selected as the permanent county seat. Okaloosa County's economy is based on agriculture, forestry, and tourism.

Sponsors: Sponsored by Board of County commissioners, Okaloosa County in cooperation with department of state

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