Gulf County Courthouse

     Gulf County, on the Gulf of Mexico, was severed from Calhoun County in 1925. Near the original county seat, Wewahitchka, are the "Dead Lakes," a popular fishing site, two of which are said to resemble a pair of eyes if viewed from above. Hence one translation of Wewahitchka, "water eyes." Locals refer to it as "Wewa." In 1964 Gulf County voters opted to remove the county seat to Port St. Joe. Until recently this was a prototypical "company town," having been the headquarters for a large paper mill. The town lies in the vicinity of St. Joseph, where Florida's first constitution was drafted in 1838, but which was later destroyed by earthquake and flood. We show a 1967 postcard photo of the courthouse at Wewahitchka, which was built by W. H. Taylor in 1927.


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