Okaloosa County, Florida
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Okaloosa County

The county name derives from a Choctaw Indian term for "black water".
The area is renowned for its pristine black water streams.
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Okaloosa County was the dream of colorful and controversial William Mapoles, a State Representative for Walton County. The geographic isolation of the area ignited the desire for a separate county. Mr. Mapoles introduced the first bill to create the new county in 1913. The proposed name was Yellow River County, later changed to Wilson County, Woodrow Wilson being President at the time. On September 7, 1915, Okaloosa County was created and named by Mr Mapoles after a river steamboat that traveled from Milton to Pensacola.

There was a hot rivalry among Milligan, Laurel Hill, Baker and Crestview for the honor of being chosen a permanent County seat, with Crestview being chosen in April of 1917.

Crestview, the highest point in Florida is 345 feet above sea level.
Much of the county is contained within Eglin Air Force Base.


National protected areas include part of the Choctawhatchee National Forest and part of the Gulf Islands National Seashore


Cities
Crestview~ Destin ~ Fort Walton Beach ~ Laurel Hill ~ Mary Esther ~ Niceville ~ Valparaiso

Towns
Cinco Bayou ~ Shalimar

Census-designated Places
Eglin AFB ~ Lake Lorraine ~ Ocean City ~ Wright

Other Unincorporated Communities
Baker ~ Blackman ~ Bluewater Bay ~ Campton ~ Deerland ~ Dorcas ~ Escambia Farms ~ Florosa ~
Garden City ~ Holt ~ Milligan ~ Okaloosa Island ~ Seminole ~ Svea ~ Timpoochee ~ Villa Tasso ~ Wynn Haven Beach



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Okaloosa County Data

 

Books

Cemeteries

Census Records

Church Histories / Records

Family Bibles and Records

Miscellaneous Data

Native Americans

School Records

Wills/Probate Records

Website Updates:

JAN 2018: 1925 Deaths (88); 1943 Newspaper Announcements: Obituary, military (2); 1909 News Item: Walter Campbell Accident
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Dec 2017: Misc 1966 Newspaper Announcements: obituary, military (11), and births (2).

 

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Surrounding Counties
Covington County, Alabama - north
Walton County, Florida - east
Santa Rosa County, Florida - west
Escambia County, Alabama - northwest

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