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The courthouse was originally
built in 1918, just three years after the county was formed.
In 1955,it was substantially remodeled and the jail removed.
Certain portions of the interior remain the same.
was created from Walton and Santa Rosa counties.
To view a detailed map on how it was created go to this website.
of Okaloosa County, Florida
The county name derives from a Choctaw Indian
term for "black water". The area is renowned for its
pristine black water streams. The Blackwater River is one of the
prettiest rivers in the area. There are camp grounds all along
the river and part ofthe river is in a State Forest.
Okaloosa County is one of
67 counties in Florida.
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
There was a hot rivalry among
Milligan, Laurel Hill, Baker and Crestview for the honor of being
chosen a permanent County seat. Crestview was chosen in April
of 1917 as the County seat. Today there is still controversy about
where the county seat should be. Shalimar or Ft. Walton are trying
to get the county seat moved to a location in their area.
Crestview, the highest point in Florida is a dizzy 345 feet above
sea level. Much of the county is contained within Eglin Air Force
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